There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 13th December 2017 using the Christmas Shopper Specials Timetable 2017

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Santa Specials

Dates for this event

  • 16th December 2017,
  • 17th December 2017,
  • 21st December 2017,
  • 22nd December 2017,
  • 23rd December 2017,
  • 24th December 2017
A Wonderful Winter Wonderland!
Caption: A Wonderful Winter Wonderland!
Meet Santa and his Happy Helpers
Caption: Meet Santa and his Happy Helpers
A Gift for Every Child
Caption: A Gift for Every Child

Christmas time, mince pies and mulled wine, engines steaming along the line ...

Christmas, that time of year when (hopefully) the world is covered in a blanket of snow, the children are too excited to sleep as they listen for the tell tale jingle of the sleigh and all of the family comes together to partake in festive cheer. And what better way to kick off the celebration than visiting the East Lancashire Railway's popular Santa Specials?

A tradition for many families in the North West, the Santa Specials are sure to create memories which you and your family will share forever.

What's Included?

  • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the beautiful Irwell Valley
  • Soak up the festive feeling provided by a traditional brass band and carol singing
  • Say hello to costumed characters on your journey
  • Be mesmerized by our on-board magician
  • Meet Santa and his happy helpers as they make their way through the carriages giving a gift to each child
  • Receive a biscuit and juice drink for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown-ups
  • Hunt for hidden treasure in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt

Dates & Times

2 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
3 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
9 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
10 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
16 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
17 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
21 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
22 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
23 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
24 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40      

Green = Good Availability Orange = Limited Availability Red = Few Seats Left

Please note that all trains will leave on time. We recommend you arrive at Bury Bolton Street Station 30 minutes before your Santa Special departure time. Please allow time for travelling and parking, especially in Bury as traffic can be quite congested at this time of year. Passengers must sit in the seats that they have booked. If you would like to swap your child's gift, please speak to your carriage steward whilst on-board the train.

Ticket Prices

DateAdultAdult with Child Under 3 (on lap)Child 0 - 17
25 - 26 Nov £14.80 £23.30 £11.60
2 - 3 Dec £15.80 £24.10 £12.20
9 - 10 Dec £16.80 £25.10 £13.20
16 - 17 Dec £17.80 £27.80 £14.20
21 - 23 Dec £17.80 £27.80 £14.20
24 Dec £18.40 £28.20 £14.40

Heywood Shuttle Trains

Dates and Times

Heywood Shuttle Times - 25 - 26 Nov, 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17 & 21 - 23 Dec
Heywood Dep N/A 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30 16:20 N/A
Bury Arr N/A 09:03 09:53 10:43 11:33 12:23 13:13 14:03 14:53 15:43 16:33 N/A
 
Bury Dep N/A 09:25 10:15 11:05 11:55 12:45 13:35 14:25 15;15 16:05 16:50 17:40
Heywood Arr N/A 09:38 10:28 11:18 12:08 12:58 13:48 14:38 15:28 16:18 17:03 17:53
Heywood Shuttle Times - 24 Dec
Heywood Dep N/A 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
Bury Arr N/A 09:03 09:53 10:43 11:33 12:23 13:13 14:03 14:53 15:43
                       
Bury Dep N/A 09:25 10:15 11:05 11:55 12:45 13:35 14:25 15;15  
Heywood Arr N/A 09:38 10:28 11:18 12:08 12:58 13:48 14:38 15:28  

Prices

  AdvanceOn-the-Day
Adult £1.00 £2.00
Child (5 - 17 Years) £0.50 £1.00
Child (Under 5 Years) FREE FREE

Souvenir Santa Specials T-Shirt

Treasure your Santa Specials experience with one of our souvenir Santa Specials T-Shirts! Available to pre-order at a discounted price, or to pick up on the day, our Santa Specials are a great way to see in the season and are fantastic for family photos!

The following sizes are available:

Children: 1 - 2 Years, 3 - 4 Years, 5 - 6 Years, 7 - 8 Years, 9 - 11 Years and 12 - 13 Years

Adults: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large

  AdvanceOn-the-Day
Adult £7.00 £8.00
Child £5.50 £7.50

Getting Here

The Santa Special Trains board and depart from Bury Bolton Street Station and are pre-booking only. Due to the limited amount of parking available in Bury, especially on busy special event days over the Christmas period, we recommend visitors make use of the large, free car park situated at Heywood Station and travel to Bury via the Heywood Shuttle service.

Located less than a mile from Junction 19 of the M62, Heywood Station is easily accessible (via Railway Street) and can be reached by typing the postcode OL10 1LX into a Sat Nav.

For those travelling from other Greater Manchester destinations, it is recommended you travel via Metrolink. Bury Metrolink Stop is located just a few minutes walk from our Bury Bolton Street Station, more information can be found here "Getting Here with Metrolink".

For more information on how to reach the East Lancashire Railway visit our "Getting Here" page.

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