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We're back on track
Join the East Lancashire Railway for our grand re-opening weekend. For the first time since the third national lockdown we will once again be running heritage steam and diesel services along our line. Relish in our new found freedom and visit Bury, Heywood and Ramsbottom in style!
Update on changes to the Bank Holiday Weekend
Unfortunately, due to an operational issue with the railway line at Irwell Vale we’ve had to place a severe weight restriction resulting in our advertised trains between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall being cancelled this Bank Holiday weekend.
Our heritage steam and diesel-hauled trains will continue to operate between Bury, Ramsbottom and Heywood, but will not operate to Irwell Vale or Rawtenstall.
We are really disappointed that our celebration plans have had to change at such short notice.
Please click here for our revised Bank Holiday Weekend Timetable.
Customers with pre-booked tickets will be contacted directly with the following options:
- Travel on a different date of their choice on any standard operating date for the remainder of 2021 (excluding special events), for one full return journey.
- Claim a gift voucher or a refund to the amount paid
- Take an alternative itinerary on the date of their ticket, as detailed below:
Alternative Itinerary – Bury
Customers boarding at Bury are offered a slightly different itinerary. Simply board at the same advertised departure date and time from Bury, and travel through the scenic stations at Burrs and Summerseat to reach Ramsbottom station. Whilst the locomotive runs round, customers have just over an hour to explore the attractive town of Ramsbottom before boarding for the return journey. Upon returning to Bury, customers can remain on the train and enjoy a ride on the steeply-graded, eastern section of the line to Heywood where the locomotive is really put through it’s paces. Upon arrival into Heywood, the locomotive will run round and the train will continue to Bury to complete your round trip.
Customer boarding at Rawtenstall or Irwell Vale
Customers boarding at Rawtenstall or Irwell Vale, are offered a slightly different itinerary. Simply board further down the line at Ramsbottom and travel through the scenic stations of Summerseat and Burrs to reach Bury station. Instead of alighting at Bury, remain on-board the train and enjoy a ride on the steeply-graded, eastern section of the line to Heywood where the locomotive is really put through it’s paces. Upon arrival into Heywood, the locomotive will run round and the train will continue to Bury and Ramsbottom to complete your round trip.
Customers who have booked:
- Advanced Travel Tickets
- Caravan and Motorhome
- Diesel Day Rovers
- HRA Tickets
Are advised that you can of course still travel on your tickets but can also choose to travel on another day or request a refund or voucher, If you do choose to travel on another day we will of course honour the face value of your ticket with no extra charge.