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Autumn Steam Gala

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    Caption: 60009 "Union of South Africa" - © Richard Fox
    Caption: 926 "Repton" - © David Oxtaby
    Caption: 2890 & 52322 Double Heading - © Ian Gater
    Caption: 34092 "City of Wells" - © Richard Fox
    Caption: 44871 - © Emma Seddon
    Caption: 80080 hauling our Observation Saloon - © Richard Fox
    Caption: 80097 - © John Crawshaw
    Caption: The opulent Observation Saloon


    Autumnal Steam Dream

    The leaves might be falling but the steam is still rising at the East Lancashire Railway's Autumn Steam Gala on 18 - 20 October 2019!

    What’s Included

    Favourites from the East Lancashire Railway’s home fleet will be joining special guest locomotives for a three day all steam spectacular!

    Loco Line-Up


      • Pacific A4 No. 60009 "Union of South Africa"

    60009 was built in 1937 and is part of the same class as the record breaking 4468 "Mallard", the fastest locomotive in the world. Eagle eyed visitors may spot the Springbok plaque on the side of the locomotive, which was donated by a South African newspaper proprietor in 1954.

    • SR No. 926 "Repton"

    Making her first ever appearance at the ELR courtesy of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, we are thrilled to welcome 926 "Repton". This engine entered service in 1934 and, like other members of its class, was named after an English public school. "Repton" spent some years in Canada, following her restoration in 1966.


    • Hunslet Built Austerity No. 2890 "Douglas"

    2890 was built during the Second World War, designed to be cheaply produced and easy to maintain in an effort to preserve resources. She served as a military engine under Number 75041. She is now known as "Douglas" and often appears under that name at our Day Out with Thomas events.

    • Ex-Southern Railway Bullied Light Pacific No. 34092 "City of Wells"

    One of the "West Country" class that are informally and affectionately known as "Spam-Cans", 34092 is a relative newcomer to the ELR home fleet having recently been purchased following a large scale fundraising campaign. Unlike many members of her class, "City of Wells" was not extensively rebuilt..

    • LMS Stanier Class No. 44871

    44871 was built in 1945 and was one of the last steam engines to be withdrawn from service in 1968. She is particularly known for being a part of the famous Fifteen Guinea Special that took place that year. This service was the last main-line passenger service to be hauled by steam.

    • BR No. 52322

    One of the older locomotives at the Gala, 52322 was built in 1896 making her (only just) a Victorian engine, indeed the Queen's Diamond Jubilee took place the next year. She is the only member of her class of locomotives to survive into restoration, and we are glad to have the old girl at our event!

    • BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T No. 80080

    Entering into service in the early 1950s, this class of locomotive was particularly suited to commuter services. Our own 80080's claim to fame is that she was the first steam locomotive to run a normal stopping passenger service on the mainline in 1993 as part of a run of special "Steam on the Met" trips.

    • BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T No. 80097

    Sister engine to 80080, 80097 only recently began running again following her official launch into traffic in March earlier this year. She is a few months younger than her sibling and has become an extremely valued and hard working member of the ELR's own steam fleet.

    Steam Gala Saloon

    Add a little more spectacle to your Steam Gala experience and take a ride on our vintage 1920s Observation Saloon. This restored VIP vehicle features panoramic windows and sumptuous soft furnishings, making this the best seat in the house from which to take in our awesome autumn gala! For an extra £5.00 on top of your event ticket you can travel in style and enjoy a brew and a biscuit on the way!

    Normal event fares apply to all other services.

    The first journey of the day will board at Bury Bolton Street Station, all subsequent journeys will board at Rawtenstall or Heywood.

    The Observation Saloon Upgrade covers a one-way journey on the Observation Saloon between the two points. Ticket is not pre-bookable, card payments will be accepted. Payment for the Observation Saloon must be made on the Saloon itself when boarding at Bury, Heywood or Rawtenstall and cannot be purchased at any of our booking offices.

    Observation Saloon Upgrade* £5.00

    *Includes Tea/Coffee, biscuits and one Heywood/Rawtenstall - Rawtenstall/Heywood journey on the Observation Saloon.

    Dates & Times

    Our Autumn Steam Gala will take place on 18, 19 and 20 October 2019. Across the three day event a special all steam timetable will operate. The Autumn Steam Gala Timetable is available to download below:

    Download Autumn Steam Gala Timetable

    Ticket Information & Prices

    Online Ticket Prices

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

      Adult  Concession  Child  Family (2 adults and 3 children) 
    One Day Rover  £26.00  £23.50  £17.00  £67.50 
    Two Day Rover £44.00 £39.50  £29.00  N/A 
    Three Day Rover £58.50 £52.00 N/A  N/A 

    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

    The below Rover Tickets will replace all standard travel fares across the weekend.

      Adult  Concession  Child  Privilege Family (2 adults and 3 children) 
    One Day Rover   £29.00 £26.00  £19.00  £16.00 £75.00
    Two Day Rover  £49.00 £44.00 £32.00  N/A  N/A 
    Three Day Rover  £65.00 £58.00 N/A  N/A  N/A 

    Important Information and Getting Here

    We recommend beginning your journey at Bury Bolton Street Station. For information on how to get there, as well as a helpful guide to local transportation links and parking spaces, please visit our Getting Here page.

    Metrolink Planned Improvement Works: On 19 and 20 October, planned improvement works will be taking place on the Bury line as part of the Trafford Park line project. This means that there will be no tram services on the Bury line on both these dates and instead bus replacement services will run. If planning to arrive into Manchester by train, the East Lancashire Railway would instead recommend getting the train the Bolton or Rochdale.

    From Bolton Station: Catch the 471 bus at Bolton Interchange and disembark at Bolton Street (Bury), adjacent to our station. Services are regular and take approximately 30 minutes.

    From Rochdale Station: Catch the 471 bus at Rochdale Interchange and disembark at Bolton Street (Bury), adjacent to our station. Services are regular and take approximately 30 minutes.

    Visit the TfGM and National Rail websites to plan your journey.

    Trespassing: Please note that, in the interests of safety, regular patrols will be taking place to stop tresspassers. If you are looking for safe locations from which to take photographs please download our Photo Locations Guide.

    Our visitors say…

    • Steam engines from various preserved railways across the UK guested at this event, along with some of the ELR's own locomotives. At least six locomotives were running with some top and tailing and some double heading. The ELR is a heritage railway run by a great team of staff. I cannot recommend this place enough!

    Notices and promotions

    • Photo: 60009 By Emma Seddon
      Autumn Steam Gala 18 - 20 October 2019 Locos

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