There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 1st May 2021 using the Reopening Timetable

East Lancashire Railway Re-Opening

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    ELR will remain open to visitors following the announcement of tier three restrictions for Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

    Over half-term week, (October 29th to the 31st) – Halloween Ghost trains return. The notorious Irwell Grimm will be haunting tracks from Bury to Irwell Vale. Families can experience a 65 minute journey from Bury to Irwell Vale, filled with fancy dress, spooky stories, ghoulish characters and lots of tricks and treats - and are encouraged to attend in their creepiest attire. Find out more here.

    In addition to Halloween Ghost trains, scheduled passenger services, as well as Santa Specials and Dining trains, will all continue to operate following government and local authority guidelines.

    ELR has operated a Covid safe railway since reopening in early August. Visitors will receive a safe welcome to the railway with the reassurance that all the necessary measures are in place to ensure our stations and trains are fully Covid-secure

    Find the amended timetable here.

    The railway pubs are subject to closure - Bufferstops in Rawtenstall (closed since 16th October) and The Trackside at Bury Bolton Street station will both be closed at 10:00 pm on Thursday, 22nd October for a period of at least 4 weeks.


    See our available tickets below. Please note that printed tickets will state 09:00 as the time of travel, however they are valid for all trains. We are not accepting Activity Superstore Vouchers at this time.

    Advanced Travel Ticket

    These tickets allow you to take a full round trip of the line. Start at any station and break up your journey on the way.

    Adult £13.00 Book Now
    Concession £12.00 Book Now
    Child £8.50 Book Now
    Family (2 adults & 3 children) £37.50 Book Now

    Caravan and Motor Club Home Members Tickets

    These tickets are two for one and are only available to card carrying members of the Caravan and Motor Club. To get the 2-4-1 offer just select two tickets and one of the ticket prices will be automatically deducted from your basket.

    Adult £13.00 Book Now

    Resident’s Permit Tickets

    These discounted tickets are available for Resident’s Permit Pass holders. Find out more about the Resident’s Permit here.

    Adult £7.50 Book Now
    Concession £5.50 Book Now
    Child £5.50 Book Now

    Heritage Railway Association Tickets

    These tickets are available for members of the HRA who possess a HRA pass.

    Adult £7.50 Book Now
    Concession £5.50 Book Now
    Child £5.50 Book Now

    ATOC Tickets

    These tickets are available for rail industry workers with a valid pass.

    Adult  £7.50  Book Now 
    Concession £5.50  Book Now 
    Child  £5.50  Book Now 

    A Welcome from the team!

    East Lancashire Railway additional measures

    ELR is fully Covid-secure, with new processes including NHS Track and Trace and temperature testing are in place and Covid seating arrangements for all our visitors. These stringent safety measures have been recognised with the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ Charter Mark to acknowledge ELR is meeting all government and public health Covid-19 requirements.

    We're Good to Go, find out more here.

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