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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

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    Father's Day Train
    Dining Trains
    Rail Ale Trail
    Photography Courses
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    Dad’s the way to do it

    It’s that time again, time to celebrate the most moustachioed members of the family (other than grandma). So whether your old man is a pipe and slippers type of gent or a bit of an action man, he’s sure to find something to love here at the East Lancashire Railway.

    Take a look at our top picks for the penultimate paternal gifts below!

    Luxury Dining Experiences

    Does your dad have an appetite for the finer foods in life, why not take him on a dining experience with real distinction?

    How about a Red Rose Diner? These luxury evening meals are the jewel in the crown of the railway’s culinary experiences, offering breath taking surroundings, an inimitable atmosphere, silver service and delicious menus.

    Alternatively you could book him a feast on the Lancastrian Lunch. These steam powered Sunday afternoon outings feature all of your traditional favourites and are ideal for family get togethers, so bring the clan to toast the old man!

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    Drive a Train Experiences

    If you have ever caught your dad wandering around the house in overalls and a flatcap making “Choo-Choo” noises, don’t be alarmed, he doesn’t need to see a doctor, instead book him a spot on one of our Drive a Train Experiences.

    Whether he thinks steam is supreme or considers himself a diesel devotee we have the perfect course. Each experience includes the opportunity to drive and fire, or act as the second man, on one of our lovingly restored heritage steam or diesel engines.

    Lunch and a behind the scenes tour can also be included for the participant and up to two guests, so this can be a day out for the whole family.

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    Rail Ale Trails

    Great if your dad is a history buff or is partial to a pint of ale now and then, the East Lancashire Railway’s popular Rail Ale Trails make an excellent gift.

    Your papa will enjoy a professionally guided tour as he embarks on a steam powered pub crawl around the Irwell Valley. He can relax and unwind whilst being regaled with amusing, sometimes gruesome, histories of the local area and sampling some of the finest ales Lancashire has ever produced.

    Each trail is specially themed and includes a hearty pub lunch and a complimentary tipple.

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    Photography Experience

    If your old man’s the snap happy type then our Photography Experiences would make the perfect gift.

    Recommended for both complete amateurs and veteran shutterbugs, expert tutors from our partners at North West Photography Courses are on hand to ensure everyone gets something out of the day, even if it is just a lovely day out with likeminded people.

    Lucky Dads will take in the length of the picturesque Irwell Valley as they hop on and off the trains to get the perfect pics.

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