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The only way to see the Irwell Valley

We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Drive a Train Experience Packages, allowing to choose from full day or half day sessions.

Bronze Steam Experiences - Mondays/Fridays

A full day experience with half a day spend driving, firing and guarding between Bury and Rawtenstall with the other half spent on a guided tour.

Tickets cost £375 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a steam locomotive
  • Driving and firing for 16 miles
  • Guarding and travel for 16 miles
  • Guided tour visiting the Metrolink Bridge, Locomotive and Carriage works, Engine Shed, Engine Yards and Bury South Signal Box
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of commemorative Certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Hot lunch for the participant
  • Travel for 2 guests per participant – extra charge of £9.00pp for lunch and £4.50pp for guided tour

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Availability
Fri 10/02/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 27/02/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 06/03/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 17/03/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 20/03/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 03/04/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 21/04/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 08/05/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 12/05/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 22/05/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 19/06/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 23/06/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 30/06/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 03/07/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 21/07/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 31/07/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 14/08/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 21/08/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 08/09/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 18/09/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 20/10/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 23/10/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 10/11/2017 Full Day Book Now
Fri 17/11/2017 Full Day Book Now

Bronze Steam Experiences – Saturdays 

A half-day experience spent driving, firing and guarding between Heywood and Rawtenstall.

Tickets cost £375 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a steam locomotive
  • Driving and firing for 16 miles
  • Guarding for 8 miles
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of commemorative certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Free complimentary ticket for a return trip for the participant and up to three guests. This ticket can be used on either steam or diesel services on the same day of your experience or the day of your choice.
  • Travel for up to 3 guests per participant

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Availability
Sat 30/09/2017 AM Book Now
Sat 30/09/2017 AM Book Now 
Sat 30/09/2017 PM Book Soon

Silver Steam Experiences 

A full day experience driving, firing and guarding between Bury and Rawtenstall.

Tickets cost £700 per participant.

Includes:

  • Safety briefing with the crew before your journey begins
  • Basic instruction on the operation of a steam locomotive
  • Driving and firing for 32 miles
  • Guarding and travel for 32 miles
  • Photo opportunities
  • Presentation of Commemorative Certificate
  • Free ELRPS membership for the rest of the year*
  • Hot lunch for the participant
  • Travel for 3 guests per participant – extra charge of £9.00pp for lunch

*Cut off point is October 2017, memberships registered after this point expire Dec 2018, see terms and conditions for full information.

Day Date Duration Availability
Sat 20/05/2017 Full Day Book Now
Mon 04/09/2017 Full Day Book Now

Gold Steam Experiences

Looking for the ultimate in steam powered celebrations, hiring out your own private Footplate Experience train is the way to go.

Includes:

  • Take control of one of our steam engines and explore the entire line at your leisure
  • Pick the perfect date, time and distance for you, pick between half and full day courses travelling from 12 to around 80 miles
  • Arrange for your guests to travel in style on privately hired carriages or even on board the beautiful 1920s Observation Saloon
  • Additional services can be put together including a dining service, afternoon tea and much more

Help us to create your ideal, tailor made Drive a Train Experience. Contact our footplate manager on footplate@eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Additional details

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Drive a Train Experiences read our Terms and Conditions here. The courses can be labour intensive so we suggest that you make sure prior to booking that yourself or the intended recipient will be able to enjoy the experience to the full.

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Our visitors say…

  • I can highly recommend this experience from arriving in the morning we were looked after by friendly and professional staff and volunteers. We found the walking tour very interesting and were encouraged to ask about questions. The highlight of the day was driving the train which cannot be beaten. I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in trains or engineering. Well done East Lancashire railway a 5 star experience.

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