There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Wednesday 28th June 2017 using the Green Timetable 2017

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  • Summer steam

    The East Lancashire Railway is celebrating summer the only way we know how, with a packed programme of family friendly events. Go on adventure with your favourite fairy tale princesses or take to the high seas with Captain Kidd and his crew of pesky pirates, take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine or unlock the secrets of magic at the Grand Old School of Wizardry, these are just a few of the enchanting entertainments on offer.

    Best of all if you want to come and ride our trains, Wednesday – Friday, 21 June – 25 August, you can get 50% off any Freedom of the Line ticket. All you need to do is book your ticket online and use the discount code SUMMER50 when prompted at the checkout.

    Find out more about our summer line up!

    Book your discounted ticket now!

  • D9531

    Join the East Lancashire Railway this 16 & 17 July as we pay tribute to the locomotive luminaries of the Great Western Railway. This special themed weekend will feature both steam and diesel locomotives and will run on our standard timetables, standard fares also apply.

    Featured engines will be:

    • Great Western Railway 813
    • 6990 Witherslack Hall
    • D9502
    • D9531
    • D9537
  • Over the course of our 1940s Weekend, two of our very dedicated volunteers, Jim Murray and Tony Wright, went up-and-down our trains collecting donations for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Following the horrific attack that occurred at the Manchester Arena on 22 May, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital have been working tirelessly to help and support the families affected by that tragic event. Jim and Tony felt compelled to organise a collection for the hospital over our three day event and raised over £500.00.

    Jim Murray had a few words to say about the collection;

    "I would like to say how humbled and pleased I was to witness the spirit and generosity of all our visitors at our 1940s Weekend. Bless you all!"

    Here's a photo of the lovely Jim and Tony meeting the hardworking staff at the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital. Thanks to both Jim, Tony and all our wonderful visitors for helping support this deserved charity.

  • Race the Train

    Join Mad Bull Events and the East Lancashire Railway as we run the race of the century this 11 June. Runners will start at Bury Bolton Street Station and, at the sound of the train whistle, set off northward sticking as closely to the ELR line as possible in an attempt to reach the finish at Rawtenstall before the locomotive.

    So wether you fancy putting your own running skills to the test, or simply want to come along and cheer the brave contenders, it's sure to be a spectacular event.

    Find out more about Race the Train here

  • Small Engine by Liam Barnes

    Good things really do come in small packages as this special steam and diesel weekend aptly demonstrates. Celebrate these rarely seen workhorses of the railway including:

    Visiting Locomotives

    • GWR 0-6-0 813 - Courtesy of Severn Valley Railway and GWR 813 Preservation Fund
    • Class 14 D9551 - Courtesy of Severn Valley Railway and SVR Class 14 Company Limited
    • Class 04 D2298 - Courtesy of Quainton Railway Society

    Home Fleet

    • No. 32 'Gothenburg'
    • L & Y 'A Class' 12322
    • Class 03 D2062
    • Class 08 08164 'Prudence'
    • Class 09 09024
    • Class 14 D9531 'Ernest'
    • Class 14 D9537 'Eric'

    Book online and save 10%, or just come along and buy your ticket on the day. 

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