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Autumn Steam Gala

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    LMS 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland
    Caption: LMS 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland
    GWR 4270 2-8-0
    Caption: GWR 4270 2-8-0
    GWR 2857 2- 8-0
    Caption: GWR 2857 2- 8-0

    Steaming send off

    Make sure not to miss the last large scale steam gala of the ELR’s calendar! A fantastic way to ward off the winter chill.

    What’s included?

    An all steam timetable will be running all weekend, with home fleet locos and special guests hauling passenger services.

    Confirmed locomotives include: 

    Special Guests

    • GWR 4270 - appearing courtesy of the GWSR and Icons of Steam
    • GWR 2857 - appearing courtesy of the SVR and the 2857 Owning Group
    • LMS 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" - appearing courtesy of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust

    Home Fleet Locomotives

    • L & YA Class 52322
    • BR Southern Region West Country Pacific 34092
    • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Tank "Gothenburg" 32

    Ticket information, prices and getting here

    Online Ticket Prices

    Beat the queues and save 10% by booking your gala tickets online. Our exclusive online discounts are displayed in the table below:

      Adult  Concession  Child  Family
    One Day   £25.00 £22.00  £15.00  £63.00
    Two Day  £42.00 £40.00  £28.00   ---
    Three Day  £54.00  £50.00   ---   ---


    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

    Single and return fares are suspended for this event. Instead you can purchase a rover ticket which gives you unlimited travel all day, or a full line round trip ticket.

      Adult  Concession  Child  Family
    One Day   £28.00 £24.50  £17.00  £70.00
    Two Day  £47.00 £44.00  £31.00   ---
    Three Day  £60.00 £55.00   ---   --- 

    We recommend beginning your journey at Bury Bolton Street Station. For information on how to find us and car parking visit our Getting Here page.


    The East Lancashire Railway welcomes people of all abilities and we strive to make sure we are easily accessible to everyone. Therefore, we encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or requirements, and we will do our best to help you plan your visit. You can contact us on 0333 320 2830 and press option two twice, or you can email us at

    All of our stations offer step-free access, and on most services we carry a ramp to allow step-free access to our trains. Disabled toilet facilities are available on most operating days at Bury, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Heywood Stations as well as Bury Transport Museum. If you have any questions or further requirements, please get in touch.

    Images courtesy of Mark Butcher, Steve Goss and Malcolm Bott.

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