There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 16th June 2021 using the Green Timetable 2021
  • Traction Engines in Bury Transport Museum yard

    Soak in the old school charm of our collection of beautifully restored traction engines, tractors and Scammell lorries on selected dates throughout the year. Featuring traction action heroes like 43090 “Conchita”, 46276 “Pearl” and 71396 “Doris”.

    Entry into Bury Transport Museum is free, but time slots are limited and must be booked in advance.

    Find out more and book here:

  • Important Notice

    This is a gentle reminder to Dining with Distinction customers that Friday and Sundays experiences have unfortunately been cancelled. Customers should have received an email, please be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

    If you have any questions please email or call 0333 320 2830.

  • Union of South Africa Rides Again

    Join 60009 “Union of South Africa” here at the ELR for the first of what is set to be her final series of appearances in steam before she goes into retirement.

    The Engine will be running three return trips daily on the blue timetable, and the best way to experience the journey is with one of our great value Day Rover Tickets, which offer unlimited travel all day on any of our services.

    Book online to make huge savings, find out more and book here.

    As if that wasn’t amazing enough, our 60009 Raffle has returned. Enter to be in with a chance of winning a once in a lifetime ride on the footplate of this fan favourite engine. Every ticket sold helps support the ELR. Find out more and enter here.

  • Pubs reopening


    Exciting news on the grand reopening of our Trackside and Buffer Stops Bars! On Monday the 12th April we will be opening our doors and offering tables on a first come first served basis.

    We have worked with the local authority and policing team to ensure your visit is safe and complies with the current guidelines and rules, and we ask for your understanding and compliance with all procedures.

    You can find the opening hours for the Trackside here.

    You can find the opening hours for the Bufferstops here.

  • Liam Barnes City of Wells
    Dining With Distinction
    Halloween Ghost Train

    The East Lancashire Railway is thrilled to announce that, following the most recent government announcements, we are preparing to open our doors once again.

    Standard services will be running from the 1st of May onwards and will see a variety of both steam and diesel trains. This isn’t all, we will also be re-opening our café and pubs, so you will finally be able to enjoy a drink on the platform as you watch the world go by! Safety is of paramount importance so we will be following our Covid-Safe guidelines to the letter.

    Tickets for standard services can be purchased in advance here, prices are being held until further notice so now is a great time to book.

    We know that people have been keen to see the return of our popular Dining with Distinction services. Well we’re pleased to tell you that our Diners will be back in operation from the 21st May and beyond. If you’re looking to treat yourself, or looking for the perfect gift for mum this Mothering Sunday, then pick from our wide selection of luxury Dining experiences, from Lancastrian Lunches and Red Rose Diners to Mid-Week Luncheons and Murder Mystery nights. Find out more and book here.

    Last but not least, something spooky this way comes… Our Halloween Ghost Trains are returning for 2021! We’ve got some frighteningly fantastic plans lined up for this, more information and tickets will be available soon, so watch this space.

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