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1940s Weekend

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    1940s weekend
    Caption: Picture Courtesy Of Forties in Focus.com

    We'll Meet Again

    It’s a long road to Tipperary so why not stop along the way to get into the swing of things at this incredibly popular vintage spectacular. Dig out that polka dot dress, wax that moustache and put on your dancing shoes for a weekend of all singing, all dancing, all action fun!

    The East Lancashire Railway is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events that occurred on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. 

    In light of these events, we have reviewed all aspects of our upcoming 1940s Weekend and have made a number of changes which will hopefully give reassurance to all visitors who wish to come and enjoy the various entertainment and displays along the line. We have therefore made the decision to remove all battle re-enactments and weapon demonstrations from this year’s programme. Security has also been increased throughout the event weekend.

    The community is at the forefront of our thinking and we do not wish to cause unnecessary worry to our visitors and the local area.

    All other activities scheduled for the weekend will go ahead and our popular event will continue as planned, celebrating the fashion, music, dancing, vehicles, and of course spirit and unity, that the forties is famed for.

    We hope the public will understand our decision. We will host a minute’s silence at Bury Bolton Street Station at 11am on Saturday to honour the victims of the tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones at this sad time.

    Saturday 27 May 2017
    What's On? Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    'Allo, 'Allo Characters On-Board Train Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in Observation Saloon On-Board Train Food & Drink 11:00, 14:00 & 17:00
    German Ticket Inspectors On-Board Train  Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield Spiv Extraordinaire Bury Station Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Station  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    The Buffet Bury Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00
    The Trackside Bury Station Food & Drink 09:00 00:30
    Rum & Cola Girls Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing

    10:30

    13:00

    11:15

    13:45

    Tank Displays Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Displays Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Working Spitfire Display (Click link to find out more), £40 per person Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    George Formby Appreciation Society Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing TBC TBC
    Make a Rag Rug Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    Castlecroft Café Bury Transport Museum Food & Drink 10:00 16:00 
    D-Day Veteran, David Teacher, Book Sales & Signings TBC Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls TBC TBC 
    Static Messerschmitt Mark II Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Static Spitfire Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    WW2 Weapons Talk Heywood Stations  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls  10:00  16:00 
    Tanks Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Heywood Café Coach Heywood Station Food & Drink  10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper & Mr Don Gentile Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Static Hawker Hurricane Mark II Display Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    WW2 Command Centre Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    French Café Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Vintage Wedding St. Pauls Church, Ramsbottom Entertainment & Activities 15:00 15:30
    Camp Roanoke: Living History Display Irwell Vale Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    The Lancashire Belle Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    German Field Hospital Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Buffer Stops Bar Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 10:00 23:00 
    Rawtenstall Café Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00

     

    Sunday 28 May 2017
    What's On? Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    'Allo, 'Allo Characters On-Board Train Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in Observation Saloon On-Board Train Food & Drink   11:00, 14:00 & 17:00 Departures from Bury
    German Ticket Inspectors On-Board Train  Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    Tank Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Rum & Cola Girls Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    The Vintage Vocalist Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield Spiv Extraordinaire Bury Station Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Station  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    The Buffet Bury Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00
    The Trackside Bury Station Food & Drink 09:00 23:30
    Tank Displays Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Displays Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls  10:00 16:00
    Working Spitfire Display (Click link to find out more), £40 per person Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    George Formby Appreciation Society Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing TBC TBC
    Vintage Craft Activities Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Castlecroft Café Bury Transport Museum Food & Drink 10:00 16:00 
    WW2 Weapons Talk Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Static Messerschmitt Mark II Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Static Spitfire Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Tanks Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Heywood Café Coach Heywood Station Food & Drink  10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Static Hawker Hurricane Mark II Display Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    WW2 Command Centre Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    French Café Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Camp Roanoke: Living History Display Irwell Vall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Mr Don Gentile Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    German Field Hospital Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Buffer Stops Bar Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 10:00 22:00 
    Rawtenstall Café Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00

     

    Monday 29 May 2017
    What's On? Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    'Allo, 'Allo Characters On-Board Train Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Cream Teas in Observation Saloon On-Board Train Food & Drink 11:00, 14:00 & 17:00 Departures from Bury
     
    German Ticket Inspectors On-Board Train  Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    Tank Display Heywood Display  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper & Mr Don Gentile Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Rum & Cola Girls Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield Spiv Extraordinaire Bury Station Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Stalls Bury Station  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    The Buffet Bury Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00
    The Trackside Bury Station Food & Drink 12:00 00:00
    Tank Displays Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    Vintage Vehicle Displays Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Working Spitfire Display (Click link to find out more), £40 per person Bury Transport Museum  Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00 
    The Backstep Boogie Club Dance Workshop Bury Transport Museum  Music & Dancing 11:00 12:00
    Vintage Craft Activities Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00 
    VE Day Concert Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 14:45 15:15
    Vintage Stalls Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Castlecroft Café Bury Transport Museum Food & Drink 10:00 16:00 
    WW2 Weapons Talk Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Static Messerschmitt Mark II Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Static Spitfire Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Tanks Display Heywood Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Heywood Café Coach Heywood Station Food & Drink  10:00 16:00
    The Washboard Resonators Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Static Hawker Hurricane Mark II Display Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    WW2 Command Centre Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    French Café Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Camp Roanoke: Living History Display Irwell Vale Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    German Field Hospital Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Buffer Stops Bar Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 11:00 21:00 
    Rawtenstall Café Rawtenstall Station Food & Drink 10:00 16:00

    Ticket Information, Prices and Getting Here

    Online Ticket Prices

    Beat the queues and take advantage of a 10% discount by booking your 1940s Weekend tickets online. Our exclusive online discounts are displayed in the table below:

     AdultSaveConcessionSaveChild (5 - 17 Years)SaveFamilySave
    One Day Rover  £17.10 £1.90  £15.30 £1.70 £9.90  £1.10  £42.00 £5.00
    Two Day Rover  £30.60 £3.40  £27.00 £3.00 £18.00 £2.00    
    Three Day Rover  £37.80  £4.20  £34.20  £3.80 £22.50  £2.50    

    Discounted advanced tickets will be taken off sale 24 hours before the start of an event, the below tickets will be available from manned stations on the day.

    On-the-Day Ticket Prices

    The below Rover Tickets will replace all standard travel fares across the weekend.

     AdultConcessionChild (5 - 17 Years)Child (Under 5 Years)Family
    One Day Rover  £19.00  £17.00 £11.00 FREE  £47.00
    Two Day Rover  £34.00  £30.00 £20.00    
    Three Day Rover  £42.00   £38.00 £25.00     

    Getting here

    The 1940s Weekend takes place across the length of the railway and tickets can be purchased from Bury, Heywood, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall stations on the day. Visitors that already have their ticket can start their day out from any of the above stations.

    Bury's Metrolink Tram Station is located just a few minutes walk away from our Bury Bolton Street Station and is an ideal way to get to the event from areas across Greater Manchester. With fantastic off-peak travel rates and Park and Ride facilities available throughout the city, travelling by tram is a great value, stress free way to get to the East Lancashire Railway. Find out more by downloading the Network Map or by visiting www.metrolink.co.uk.

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

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    Our visitors say…

    • Had a great day using East Lancashire Railway. Had a ticket that allowed us to hop on and off throughout the day. The trains were a joy. All the operatives staff etc were thoroughly enthusiastic and shared the feeling. Thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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