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Scotsman in Steam

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    The People's Engine, A3 60103 'Flying Scotsman', makes a hotly anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway, visiting for a series of static displays and passenger services throughout the year.

    Reserve your place in history (and bragging rights too) with a ride behind the world's most famous steam engine, 'Flying Scotsman', as she takes to the tracks for a series of passenger services through the picturesque Irwell Valley.

    Dates & Times

    Click on your chosen date and time below to book.

    SepBury to Rawtenstall (Return)Bury to Heywood (Return)
    5 Sep 2018 09:05  11:35  14:05 16:35  10:30  13:00  15:30
    6 Sep 2018  09:05  11:35  14:05 16:35  10:30  13:00  15:30
    7 Sep 2018  09:05  11:35  14:05 16:35   10:30  13:00  15:30
    8 Sep 2018  09:05  11:35  14:05 16:35  10:30  13:00  15:30

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    Flying Scotsman Cab Access

    Flying Scotsman will also be in steam on static display on Sunday 9th September. This is a chance where you can get up close and personal with the famous locomotive - click here for more details.

    Tickets & Prices

    There are two types of "Scotsman in Steam" tickets available:

    • Bury to Rawtenstall (Return) - Approximate journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes
    • Bury to Heywood (Return) - Approximate journey time of 45 minues

    It is possible to book both a Bury to Rawtenstall (Return) and a Bury to Heywood (Return) ticket to form a full line return journey, however please note that the same seats may not be available. Please check the seating plan during the online booking process to see if the same seats are available for both legs of the journey, if they have already been booked then you can select other seats. If your seats are different then you will need to swap when 'Flying Scotsman' returns to Bury (from Rawtenstall).

    PricesBury to Rawtenstall (Return)Bury to Heywood (Return)Scotsman Cab Access (9th Sept only)
    Adult £25.00 £15.00 £15.00
    Adult & Under 3 Unseated £25.00 £15.00 £15.00
    Child (3 - 17 Years) £15.00 £10.00 £15.00

    Tickets include a return journey behind Flying Scotsman and unlimited travel on other standard services throughout the day. Tickets must be booked in advance. No concessionary fares are available. 

    Due to the busy nature of this event, it is not recommended that dogs attend.

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    Getting Here

    The East Lancashire Railway is easily accessible with major roadlinks and good public transport systems nearby.

    A short walk from Bury Bolton Street Station visitors will find Bury Interchange, a public transport hub, providing both bus and tram services. Manchester City Centre is just a 30-minute journey away via Metrolink tram.

    Parking is available at all stations; however spaces are limited and subject to charges at Bury. Car parking in Bolton Street Station Car Park on Saturdays and Sundays is chargeable at a daily rate of £5 on Saturdays and £1 on Sundays. Heywood is just over a mile from the M62 and has a large free car park. Limited free parking is also available at Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. Disabled parking bays are available at all manned stations.

    If wishing to park at one of our stations, please note that it is not possible to travel behind the 'Flying Scotsman' unless you have a ticket for that specific timed service. Therefore, we are kindly asking customers to thoroughly check the timetable to ensure that the service is not being hauled by 'Flying Scotsman' whilst planning their day.


    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.

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