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Private and Corporate Hire

Ideas for a Day to Remember


From private Rail Ale Tours and informal afternoon cream teas, to modern meeting facilities and luxury dining, we are offering you a unique location for your next special occasion.

Packages can be tailored for birthdays, get-togethers, corporate meeting or hospitality, anniversaries, retirements or wedding receptions, making sure that you and your guests will go away with lasting memories.

Here is a selection of ideas to help you plan your special day.

You can also download the Group Travel Guide 2013 for an overview of our group offers and benefits.

Observation Saloon

A beautifully restored former 1920s restaurant car that can be attached to any timetabled service and offers the perfect place for intimate celebrations or events.

The saloon is suitable for groups of up to 25 people and can be combined with an informal Cream Tea, a buffet or just a drinks reception.

Dining, Murder Mystery and Cream Teas

Our stunning luxury Pullman style dining carriages offer seats for up to 96 people and cater for lunches, cream tea specials, murder mystery nights as well as evening services. >> Find out about our special group rates.

Private Train Hire

Wow your guests with the ultimate experience by hiring your own train! From heritage steam to diesel engines and vintage coaches, a private train hire pulls out all the stops for your special occasion. The route and day itinerary can be devised to suit you and your party, simply ask us for further details.

Bury Transport Museum

Choose a venue with a difference for your next event and host it at Bury Transport Museum.

The museum features a modern meeting room with impressive views over the museum’s main exhibition hall which can be hired for corporate meetings and conferences or talks. The conference room is ideal for small to medium sized groups and your event can be combined with a private tour around the museum or a ride on the East Lancashire Railway.

Rail Ale Tours 

“[The group] absolutely loved it. In all the years that they have been drawn against a Manchester club, which has been almost every season for approx the last 7 years, this was the best program they have ever done. They were thrilled.” Bayern Munich FC Sponsors Charter, December 2011

Our Rail Ale Trails are popular with private groups who want to discover the local area in an unusual way! Our in-depth tours offer an entertaining pub crawl along the railway line looking at the region’s fascinating heritage and the people who shaped it over the centuries through quirky stories, fascinating facts and great local beer.

Whether it is a birthday party, a teambuilding exercise or a corporate event, the tours are suitable for both small and large groups and can be tailored to your individual group requirements including lunch.

Please note that all Rail Ale Tours are guided tours that focus on the history, heritage and culture of the local areas and its people. The tours are not suitable for stag or hen parties.

Get in Touch

We offer a range of packages that suit every group size and budget to deliver an experience tailored to your wishes. For an information pack, to discuss your requirements or to arrange a site visit contact Laura Duncan on 0161 764 7790 or email info@east-lancs-rly.co.uk.

For enquiries related to Bury Transport Museum please contact Sarah Kerrison on 0161 763 4457 or transport.museum@east-lancs-rly.co.uk.