There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 using the Green Timetable 2019

All singing, all dancing action at the 1940s Weekend, 25 - 27 May - 

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  • 1940s Weekend

    All singing, all dancing, all amazing! Our popular 1940s Weekend makes a glorious return to the East Lancashire Railway this year, with a “spam” packed event programme that’s not to be missed.

    Highlights include live ENSA entertainment, vehicle exhibitions and historic displays, vintage stalls, high-octane battle re-enactments, a working Spitfire and more!

    Best of all, if you purchase your tickets online you can save 10%, how’s that for making do?

    Find the full event list, timetables and prices, and book online, here.

    Thanks Wartog for the pic.

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller, Rusty and Dusty and more or their first visit to the East Lancashire Railway in 2019.

    Your one-time entry fee gets you access to all of the activities at this spectacular family friendly event. There is so much to see and do, including:

    • Rides behind Thomas
    • Meeting the Fat Controller and friends
    • Performances by Rusty and Dusty
    • Unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains
    • Thomas themed activities including tabletop games, colouring and Thomas films
    • Live re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic shows
    • Circus workshops
    • Face painting

    Tickets cost:

    Adult: £19.50
    Child (2 – 17): £12
    Family, 2 Adults 2 Children: £55
    Family, 1 Adult 2 Children: £38
    Under 2: Free

    Book online now

  • Easter Extravaganza

    Steam into Spring this 2019 with a “choc” full event programme of Egg-cellent Easter events! From a day out with the Dinosaurs to having a hoot with some Owls, there’s no end to the adventure!

    Events include:

    • Wizard Academy, 11 April
    • Dinky Dinosaur Adventure, 18 April
    • Bury Transport Museum Spring Fete, 19 – 20 April
    • Easter Egg Hunt, Meet the Owls and Make Sand Art, 19 – 22 April

    Find out more.

  • 926 Repton David Oxtaby

    The East Lancashire Railway is pleased to announce the first guest for our Autumn Steam Gala, 926 “Repton”! The locomotive appears thanks to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and will be making its first ever appearance at the ELR!

    This fantastic engine appears alongside a host of other guests and home fleet locomotives, running an intensive all steam timetable for the whole three days! There will also be stalls for those looking for souvenirs and a photography course on the same day, for those who fancy snapping some steamers!

    Online booking will be available soon, find out more here.

    Thanks David Oxtaby for sharing this image of the engine on Flickr.

  • 24 March 2019


    Due to unforeseen circumstances the following services have been cancelled.

    14:45 Bury - Heywood
    15:15 Heywood - Bury

    The 15:40 service will run as timetabled.

    The steam service will run as timetabled.

    The East Lancashire Railway apologises for this and any inconvenience caused.

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