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Valentines Day
Photo Courses
Rail Ale Trail
Happy couple
The romance of steam

Time goes by so slowly…

But that doesn’t mean you can afford to wait around until the last minute to pick up the perfect gift to tell that special someone in your life how you feel! We all know the symptoms, palpitations, sweaty palms, a slightly nauseous feeling… this is how you feel when you forget to buy a Valentine’s Day present for your other half!

Avoid the headache and the heartache in 2018 and let the East Lancashire Railway play cupid with a quiver full of romantic railway adventures. Read on for a range of inspiring ideas, from Rail Ale Trails to divine dining experiences.

The food of love… food

All the romance, glamour and mystery of a period drama with none of the murder (unless you book a Murder Mystery Night), our Dining Experiences are the pièce de résistance of edible enterprise and the jewel in the East Lancashire Railway crown. Relax on board an opulent, Orient Express style carriage and enjoy a superb meal whilst your every whim is catered to by our elegantly turned out waiting staff. There are a variety of experiences on the menu including afternoon teas and intimate evening diners.

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But thy eternal summer shall not fade… on a photograph

Capture the memories of your romance forever on one of our Photography Experiences. Ideal for any skill level, these courses are a fantastic day out whether you want to brush up on your existing skills or pick up brand new ones! Each experience also incorporates a train ride, on location photography in the beautiful Irwell Valley and a behind the scenes tour.

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The course of true love never did run smooth… except when running on rails

Bond with your partner by working side by side with them on the footplate during a Drive a Train Experience. Choose between driving and firing a magnificent steam engine or driving and second-manning one of our many preserved diesel locos. Journey behind the engine as your partner drives, join the guided tour and enjoy lunch together.

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My love is as deep… as a barrel of ale

Our Rail Ale Trails are essentially a pre-packaged perfect date, be it your first or your one hundred and first. Join a professional tour guide and board a steam engine on a voyage to and through the pretty towns and villages along the line, as well as some of the area’s most legendary drinking spots. From olde worlde pubs to hip and happening bars, an expedition on the Rail Ale Trail could be just what you and your Valentine need!

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Love’s not Time’s fool… woo at your own pace

Don’t let the stress of picking the perfect present get you down, pick up one of our flexible Gift Vouchers and let your loved one choose whatever they want, to enjoy whenever they want. Indulge in a day spent driving the train or getting snap happy on a photography course, there are a host of diverse activity, special event and generic vouchers available.

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