There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 15th August 2020 using the Re-opening Timetable

We're reopening August weekends 2020 - 

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East Lancashire Railway Re-Opening

Dates for this event

  • 15th August 2020,
  • 16th August 2020,
  • 22nd August 2020,
  • 23rd August 2020,
  • 29th August 2020,
  • 30th August 2020,
  • 31st August 2020

The East Lancashire Railway is back!

Important note following new guidelines

The time is finally here! The East Lancashire Railway is thrilled to be able to announce that we will begin running limited services every Saturday and Sunday throughout August. We will be following Government guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff.

We wouldn’t have made it this far without the compassion and support of our community, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Now we ask that you help keep us on track by supporting our re-opening and picking up one of our travel tickets!

Find the amended timetable here.


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!

Got Questions?

Want to know more about our re-opening? Download our FAQ’s here.

Download a summary of the ELR’s Covid Policy & Control Methods for Standard Services here.

East Lancashire Railway additional measures

Greater Manchester and East Lancashire have additional measures in place to control COVID 19. These do not affect visits to the visitor attractions such as the ELR. However the ELR have put in place additional measures as a precaution to allow us to re-open slowly and safely. These are as follows:


  • All visitors must pre-book tickets in advance of travel.
  • There will also be an enhanced track and trace system.
  • All visitors and staff will be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival at the station. Individuals that exhibit a high temperature will not be permitted to enter the attraction.
  • Family groups are requested not to mingle with other people outside your care bubble. This is for everyone’s safety and protection.
  • Seating will be restricted to maximise social distancing. This will be allocated by the carriage steward.
  • Face masks will be compulsory for all visitors.
  • Additional cleaning measures and sanitisation facilities will be available.
  • One way systems for entry and exit from stations will be in place.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.

We DO NOT want to head into a full lockdown so PLEASE play your part in helping everyone stay as safe as possible.

Customer Responsibilities

  • Wear a face covering/mask whilst moving around the railway and on the train (excluding those whom are exempt as per government guidelines)
  • Wash your hands often and use hand wash/sanitiser stations provided
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Observe social distancing
  • Arrive with ample time prior to the train's departure time

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 we would ask you and members of your party of family group to not attent the railway.

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