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It was nine o’clock on a winter's morning in Lancashire. Alongside the platform at Bury stood the train, grandly designated in railway guides as the East Lancashire Express…
If you are looking for grand mystery and high adventure you have boarded the right train. Whether you urge to exercise those little grey cells and wax your moustache on a murder mystery dining train or sojourn with St Nick on the Santa Specials, the railway has something for you!
So take a minute to peruse our five-star menu of things to see and do along the line below.
Amazing Appetizer – Exciting events of East Lancashire
The East Lancashire Railway hosts an all you can eat buffet of events ranging from family friendly fun to enthusiast-centric exhibitions. Join us as we celebrate the day Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament on our Lancashire Weekend, 18 and 19 November. This exciting day out features folksy Lancastrian favourites like Morris Dancing, live entertainment and even Lancashire Hotpot.
If Folk dancing isn’t your thing, why not kick off your Christmas celebrations with a trip on the Incredibly popular Santa Specials! These special yuletide trains run every weekend, 25 November to 17 December, and every day from the 21 to the 24 December. Board a beautifully decorated carriage for a steam powered ride through a Winter wonderland whilst Santa and his crew of helpers head through the train and hand out gifts.
Even more fantastic events are set to be added in 2018 so watch this space!
Mysterious Main – Dine with Distinction
Feel like getting a taste of the glitz and glamour of the golden age of steam? Then make sure you book a table on one of the East Lancashire Railway’s famous Dining With Distinction experiences. There is a full palette of delicious dinners to suit any palate.
Enjoy an intimate evening meal on the Red Rose Diner, or bring the kids for a traditional Sunday meal on the Lancastrian Lunch. Particularly gallant gastronomers may even want to try one of our popular Murder Mystery trains, we hear the desserts are to die for…
Find out more about Dining with Distinction here.
Dynamic Dessert - A Dream come True
Tired of taking a backseat on your train journeys? Then step behind the controls and become master of your own destiny by purchasing one of our Drive a Train Experiences!
Choose either a steam or diesel experience and set off, ably assisted by our experienced locomotive crews. Courses can include a guided tour behind the scenes of the East Lancashire Railway and a hot lunch for yourself and your guests, so why not make a day of it?
Find out more about our Drive a Train Experiences here.
After-dinner minted – top five things to see and do in the area
- Absorb some culture at Touchstones Art Gallery and Museum in Rochdale
- Waiting for a train? Enjoy a hot drink from the Buffet at Bury Bolton Street Station
- Get inspired for Christmas at Summerseat Garden Centre with their range of perfect pressies
- Work up an appetite with a hike up Holcombe Hill in Ramsbottom
- Hit the slopes at Ski Rossendale in Rawtenstall