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  • 24 April 2017

    Just five more sleeps!

    Day Out With Thomas

    Join Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller and all of their friends as they pay a visit to the East Lancashire Railway 29 April – 1 May for the first Day Out With Thomas event of 2017!

    This fun filled day out for all the family includes:

    • Rides on Thomas
    • Meeting The Fat Controller, Percy, Mavis, Bulgy and Diesel
    • Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers
    • Unlimited travel on Steam and Diesel trains
    • Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including tabletop games, colouring and Thomas films
    • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic shows
    • Circus workshops
    • Face painting

    Day Out With Thomas is an event the whole family can enjoy so avoid the queues and book now!

  • We are delighted to announce that repair works on 60009 'Union of South Africa' have been completed and that the engine will be working passenger services on the steam diagram this weekend.

    Class 50 015 'Valiant' will be working the diesel diagram this weekend.

    Visit our Timetable page for timetable page for times and prices (standard fares apply).


    Thanks to Emma Seddon for the wonderful photo.

  • 19 April 2017

    Just one week to go...

    Day Out With Thomas

    Join Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller and all of their friends as they pay a visit to the East Lancashire Railway 29 April – 1 May for the first Day Out With Thomas event of 2017!

    This fun filled day out for all the family includes:

    • Rides on Thomas
    • Meeting The Fat Controller, Percy, Mavis, Bulgy and Diesel
    • Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers
    • Unlimited travel on Steam and Diesel trains
    • Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including tabletop games, colouring and Thomas films
    • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic shows
    • Circus workshops
    • Face painting

    Day Out With Thomas is an event the whole family can enjoy so avoid the queues and book now!

  • 13 April 2017

    IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE

    We’ve had reports that hazardous weather is expected along the East Lancashire Railway line in Easter 2018. Gale force winds are expected at record breaking speeds of around 100mph. A Tornado is coming.

    More information on 60163's visit to the ELR next year will be announced soon.

    Thanks to the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. 

    Photo: Phil Jones

  • 1940s Weekend

    We are pleased to announce our event line-up for 2017s much anticipated 1940s Weekend event! Celebrating almost 20 years of 40s fun here at the ELR, this year’s event is set to be a real corker.


    Favourites like Paul Harper and his daughter Melissa, as well as the Lancashire Belle and the George Formby preservation society will be returning to perform a series of golden oldies. They will be accompanied by the popular Hotsie Totsies as well as new additions The Washboard Resonators.


    Aside from the musical magic, we will be playing host to actual magician and spiv extraordinaire Jez Mansfield. Visitors will also be able to take in action packed battle re-enactments, vintage stalls and vehicle exhibitions, themed stations and much more.


    Find out more about the 1940s Weekend here.

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