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Egg-citing Easter extravaganza
The East Lancashire Railway hops into spring with a season of funny, bunny delights to mark this special time of year. From enthusiast events and bike rallies to powerful princesses and a ride behind Britain’s fastest steam engine, there's so much to see and do!
Read on for our top picks at the ELR this Easter:
Scotsman on Show, 29 – 31 March & 1 – 2 April
The legendary Flying Scotsman makes a long anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway as she visits for a series of static displays. Make your spring one to remember by getting up close and personal with this industrial icon, pick up a ticket to enjoy an expert led talk and tour on the footplate of the engine itself!
Find out more about Scotsman on Show. 1 – 2 April
Tornado the 100mph Engine, 29 – 31 March & 1 – 2 April
The Easter Bank Holiday Weekend looks set to be a real storm for lovers of all things transport, in no small part thanks to the presence of the mighty Tornado! Britain’s newest steam engine appears alongside the world’s most famous (Flying Scotsman) and will be running passenger services throughout the event. Come along for some real steam train treats!
Find out more about Tornado. 1 – 2 April
Classic Bike Rally, 1 April
This exhibition of petrol powered mean machines is sure to get your motor running. Set outside the fascinating Bury Transport Museum, this vintage vehicle display will feature a host of two wheeled titans from across the decades. Get the full day experience by combining the rally with a trip on the train!
Find out more about the Classic Bike Rally. 1 April
Princess Academy, 12 April
Once upon a time the magical gems of Storybook Land were stolen by a maleficent gang of villains, and it is up to you and a cast of your favourite fairy-tale characters to join the quest to get them back and rescue everyone’s happily ever afters, learning all of the prized princess skills and knightly know-how you will need along the way.
Find out more about the Princess Academy. 12 April
40s at 60, 13 – 15 April
Need a diesel fix this spring? Celebrate the 60th birthday of the iconic British Railway Class 40s at this special event. Enjoy an intensive all diesel timetable featuring at least five Class 40s running passenger services all weekend. Save 10% off the price of your ticket by booking online ahead of time!
Find out more about 40s at 60. 13 – 15 April
Day Out with Thomas, 5 – 7 May
Calling all little engineers! Join the number one blue Engine, Thomas himself, for a train ride unlike any other. Enjoy rides behind Thomas, the opportunity to meet the Fat Controller and friends, performances by Rusty and Dusty the station sweepers, Thomas themed activities, live re-enactments, circus and magic shows and more.
Find out more about Day Out with Thomas. 5 – 7 May
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