There are trains running today using the Green Timetable 2020

Trains now running to Rawtenstall and Irwell Vale - 

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East Lancashire Railway Re-Opening

Dates for this event

  • 28th October 2020,
  • 29th October 2020,
  • 30th October 2020,
  • 31st October 2020,
  • 1st November 2020,
  • 14th November 2020,
  • 15th November 2020


Running This Weekend.

Saturday 51456 or 32 and Class 50, 50015

Sunday Scenic Diesel Railcar x 2

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

Diesel Day Rover Tickets

These tickets are available on selected days and are only valid on diesel services between Heywood and Ramsbottom.

Adult Diesel Day Rover  24/10/2020 £16 Book Now 
Child (3 - 17) Diesel Day Rover  24/10/2020 £15 Book Now
Concession Diesel Day Rover  24/10/2020 £15 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.

Notices and promotions

  • Halloween 2020 Expro
  • Santa 2020 Expro
  • Dining 2020 and 2021
  • Good to Go

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