There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 5th December 2020 using the Santa Specials 2020

Additional trains available for Santa Specials - 12 & 19 Dec, 17:30 - 

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  • Important Notice

    Due to the Government update (issued 31 October, 2020) we will suspend our planned operation after 4 November. Services will not operate from 5 November to 2 December, 2020 inclusive. If you have an outstanding booking for this period, customers will be contacted directly. Those with bookings for Dining and Santa Specials will be offered an alternative date. Alternatively, if you wish to speak with a customer service advisor, please call 0333 320 2830 (10 am to 6 pm, 7-days a week)

    Subject to further changes, our planned services in December will still go ahead. We are planning to re-introduce services as follows:

    • Dining With Distinction: from Thursday, 3rd December, 2020.

    • Santa Specials: from Saturday, 5th December, 2020.

  • Important Notice

    We have made the decision to cancel our DMU weekend on 7th and 8th November. Customers will automatically be refunded. Trains will keep running over weekends in November (7th/8th and 14th/15th), but with a lower frequency timetable between Bury and Rawtenstall. Steam trains will operate on Saturdays, whilst our services on Sundays will be with a heritage diesel railcar.

  • Travellers Choice Award 2020

    The East Lancashire Railway is proud to have received the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award for 2020! These awards are based on ratings from our visitors so we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without your help and support.

    If you would like to see what our visitors are saying about us, or leave a review of your own, please visit our Tripadvisor page, we love hearing your feedback!

  • Reopening

    The time is finally here! The East Lancashire Railway is thrilled to be able to announce that we are continuing limited services every Saturday and Sunday throughout September. We will be following Government guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff.

    We wouldn’t have made it this far without the compassion and support of our community, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Now we ask that you help keep us on track by supporting our re-opening and picking up one of our travel tickets!

    This is the first stage of a phased re-opening that will see the railway running on 1,2,8 and 9 August. We hope to keep operating past this date and we will be reviewing our approach going forwards. In the meantime you can purchase one of our advance tickets and join us as we get back to doing what we do best, steaming through the Irwell Valley!

    Greater Manchester and East Lancashire have additional measures in place to control COVID 19. These do not affect visits to the visitor attractions such as the ELR. However the ELR have put in place additional measures as a precaution to allow us to re-open slowly and safely. These are as follows:


    • All visitors must pre-book tickets in advance of travel.
    • There will also be an enhanced track and trace system.
    • All visitors and staff will be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival at the station. Individuals that exhibit a high temperature will not be permitted to enter the attraction.
    • Family groups are requested not to mingle with other people outside your care bubble. This is for everyone’s safety and protection.
    • Seating will be restricted to maximise social distancing. This will be allocated by the carriage steward.
    • Face masks will be compulsory for all visitors.
    • Additional cleaning measures and sanitisation facilities will be available.
    • One way systems for entry and exit from stations will be in place.
    • Social distancing must be maintained.

    We DO NOT want to head into a full lockdown so PLEASE play your part in helping everyone stay as safe as possible.

    Find timetable information, prices and book your tickets here.

  • Important Notice

    An update on the current opening times for the Trackside and Bufferstops Bars.

    Following another successful weekend the pubs will now be running on expanded opening hours, Wednesday to Sunday. We plan to trial this for two weeks.

    Please note the pubs will not be open Monday and Tuesday.

    Please see the current opening hours below:


     Bar Opening Times

    Food Service Times

    Wednesday  5:00pm - 11:00pm TBC 
    Thursday  12:00pm - 11:00pm TBC
    Friday 12:00pm - 11:30pm TBC
    Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm TBC
    Sunday 12:00pm - 11:00pm



     Bar Opening Times
    Wednesday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
     Thursday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
    Friday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday 12:00pm - 09:00pm

    Please note the bars may close early if there is low demand.

    Opening times will be reviewed weekly. Any further updates on opening times will be announced as and when the information becomes available so watch this space.

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