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  • The most easterly point of the railway is Heywood, a small factory town with a big industrial past which can still be viewed today, from the original railway buildings to the many mills dotting the landscape.

    Heywood lies on the south bank of the River Roch, conveniently located just a short distance from Central Manchester yet within a few miles of the impressive Pennines. The town is famed for its part in the Industrial Revolution playing a prominent role in textile production and mining, specifically the cotton…
  • Located just a few miles away from Manchester City Centre, Bury is a bustling town and a popular destination in its own right with museums and art galleries, a busy market and a fantastic retail offering.

    Historically, Bury was a mill town which centred on textile production and it was in fact the Brooksbottom Mill in Summerseat which launched Bury’s role in the cotton industry. Industry increased for the area when the town was connected to the national canal system by the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal…
  • The East Lancashire Railway's newest station, opened in January 2017, is located at the picturesque Burrs Country Park, just one mile out of Bury Town Centre.

    Burrs is one of Bury's earliest industrial sites notable for its use of water and its association with the Peel Family. Although many of the buildings which once made up the two mill communities at Burrs and Higher Woodhill have now gone, enough remains to give an interesting insight into manufacturing…
  • A pretty little village situated in-between Bury and Ramsbottom, Summerseat is popular with visitors because of its picturesque scenery and pubs.

    The Hamers Arms and The Footballers are two traditional inns serving a selection of real, local ales, just a short stroll from the station. For those that enjoy the great outdoors Summerseat Nature Reserve is located adjacent to the station with beautiful woodland and meadows to explore. A Garden Centre can…
  • Ramsbottom is a lively market town nestled in the heart of the Irwell Valley and is a must-visit destination with its fine array of shops, cafés and pubs.

    The town has a lively community and there is always something going on from weekly markets to renowned festivals. Ramsbottom has established itself as a shoppers delight with a range of wonderful shops to peruse including independent boutiques, quirky gift shops and highly acclaimed stores selling local…
  • The charming chocolate box village of Irwell Vale is located in-between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall nestled on the rivers Irwell and Ogden surrounded by fields.

    A traditional mill village with fine examples of stone-terraced mill cottages, Irwell Vale is a nostalgic trip back in time, complete with a church tea room and nearby textile museum. Irwell Vale is a must-visit destination for lovers of the great outdoors, nestled in the lush Irwell Valley, there is an…
  • The most northern point of the East Lancashire Railway is historic Rawtenstall, a typical Lancashire town boasting cobbled streets, stone architecture and dramatic landscapes.

    Rawtenstall has an interesting heritage from its part in cotton production during the Industrial Revolution to the many shoe manufacturing factories from the mid-nineteenth century. Some of this important heritage can still be viewed today at The Whitaker, a fantastic museum and gallery housing paintings and…

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    Freedom of the Line

    Our best value tickets which include unlimited travel all day and FREE entry to Bury Transport Museum (excludes special events).

    • Family (2 adults & 3 children): £38.00
    • Adult (aged 18 and over): £14.80
    • Concession (aged 60 and over): £13.30
    • Child (aged 5 - 17): £9.40
    • Under 5s: FREE (except Day Out with Thomas)

    Other Fares

    Single and return fares are available between our four main stations - Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall, except on Special Events.

    Return tickets start from: Adult: £8.20, Child: £5.20, Concession: £7.40


    Dogs are allowed to travel on the railway at no extra charge, however must be kept on a lead at all times.

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    Great discounts for residents of the boroughs of Bury, Rochdale and Rossendale.

    Freedom of the Line tickets: Adult, Concession, Child: £9.00

    Full line return tickets: Adult: £6.00, Concession/Child: £4.00

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    Special tickets may replace other ticket types and are available on special event days including: Day Out with Thomas, 1940s Wartime Weekend, Diesel & Steam Events. Please see individual events or contact us for details.

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    • Heywood: OL10 1LX
    • Bury: BL9 0EY
    • Summerseat: BL9 5QY
    • Ramsbottom: BL0 9AL
    • Irwell Vale: BL0 0QG
    • Rawtenstall: BB4 6AG
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