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Santa Specials

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    Steam engine running through frost covered countryside
    Caption: Steam through a Winter Wonderland
    Santa on a Train
    Caption: Meet costumed characters and, of course, Santa
    Santa Souvenir T Shirt

    Tis the Season

    Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland, the Irwell Valley, on what has become a firm family favourite in the North West!

    What’s included?

      • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley
      • Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere provided by a traditional brass band and carol singing
      • Admire the beautifully decorated Bury Bolton Street Station with its hundreds of Christmas trees
      • Say hello to costumed characters on your journey
      • Be mesmerized by our on-board magician
      • Meet Santa and his elves as they travel through the train 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 clues in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt

    Pick your Date and Time

    Our 2018 Santa Specials are now sold out, if any seats do become available we will publicise them on Social Media.

    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 Information, Prices and Getting Here

     DateAdult Child (aged 0 - 17) Adult with Child Under 3 (child unseated) 
    24 - 25 Nov  £16.00 £13.00  £25.00 
    01 - 02 Dec  £17.50 £14.50  £27.50 
    08 -09 Dec £17.50 £14.50  £27.50 
    15 - 16 Dec £18.50  £16.00  £29.50 
    21 - 23 Dec £18.50  £16.00 £29.50 
    24 Dec £20.00 £17.00 £31.50 

    Pick Present Age Categories

    The child’s ticket age category indicates the age-appropriate gift given by Santa. If your child is at the upper end of an age category, please consider moving them to the next category to ensure they receive an appropriate gift.

    • Under 3
    • 3- 5 years
    • 6- 9 years
    • 10 – 13 years
    • 14 – 17 years

    Santa Specials Souvenir T-Shirts

    Really get into the spirit of the season and purchase your very own Santa Specials branded t-shirt! T-shirts are £8.50 per adult and £7.50 per child and can be ordered online until 8am on the day of your experience. T-shirts can then be collected from our Shopping Carriage on Platform 4 at Bury Bolton Street Station, just bring your order confirmation with you. A special souvenir of your day and most definitely selfie worthy!

    Getting Here

    The East Lancashire Railway is located in the heart of Bury, easily accessible by all forms of transport:

    By Car:

    Major road links, including M60, M62 and M66, and parking are near to Bury Bolton Street Station. Bury Bolton Street Station Car Park has limited space, however Bury boasts a number of other facilities close to the station. Charges apply. A map of all car parks will be added to our website shortly.

    By Public Transport:

    Bury Interchange provides both bus and tram services throughout Greater Manchester and is just a few minutes’ walk from Bury Bolton Street Station. For times visit or call 0871 200 2233.

    By Park & Ride:

    Park for free at our Heywood Station Car Park (OL10 1NH) and take the diesel Heywood Shuttle to Bury. There are regular shuttle services to and from Bury Bolton Street Station allowing sufficient time to see the sights and visit the shop. Heywood Shuttles depart every 50 minutes starting at 8:50am.

    Heywood Shuttle Dates

    24 Nov Book Now
    25 Nov Book Now 
    01 Dec Book Now
    02 Dec Book Now
    08 Dec Book Now
    09 Dec Book Now
    15 Dec Book Now
    16 Dec

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    21 Dec Book Now
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    24 Dec Book Now

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

    Heywood Shuttle Times

     Heywood Shuttle Times - 24 - 25 Nov, 1 - 2, 8- 9, 15 - 16, 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   
    Hey  Arr N/A  09:38 10:28  11:18  12:08  12:58  13:48  14:38  15:28   


    Heywood Shuttle Prices 

      Advance BookingPay on Day
    Adult £1  £2 
    Child 50p  £1 


    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. We have an accessible carriage on each Santa train should you require ramped access to the train, or a quieter area to enjoy the experience. This carriage can only be booked over the phone, or in person at Bury Station. 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 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.

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