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  • City of Wells by Liam Barnes

    Over the past two years we have been honoured to host Ex-Southern Railway Bulleid Light Pacific No. 34092 "City of Wells". Since her arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in July 2015, following a comprehensive overhaul, "Wells" has been a strong stalwart of our locomotive line-up. Come rain or shine, from snowy Santa Specials and haunted Halloween services to Steam Galas and luxury diners, "Wells" has proudly represented the ELR and done her bit for our cause and community. The locomotive has been such a mainstay of our work here that we would like to offer her a permanent home on the ELR.

    Recently this beautiful engine has been put up for sale by her owners, her future destiny put in doubt, and we would be thrilled to add her strength to our own, increasing our own resources and resilience whilst at the same time providing what will be a loving home for an iconic engine. Negotiations with the owners have seen an agreement reached for the ELR to purchase 34092, but we need your help to assist us in funding this acquisition, which will strengthen the railway's permanent fleet of home-based steam locomotives.

    We have launched our "A Home for Wells" appeal to raise £340,920 towards the costs of purchasing 34092, enabling us to offer "Wells" the home she deserves at our railway. This is why we need to call upon the help of our ever present ELR family, volunteers and visitors alike, to support this cause.

    Find out how you can be a part of this project here!

  • Halloween Ghost Trains

    Get set for some good, old fashioned, steam powered scares on the spooktacular Halloween Ghost Trains! Join an eclectic cast of giggling ghouls and ghosts on a haunted steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through dark tunnels and past lonely stations. Terrifying treats are available at the station buffet, plus every child gets a goody bag! As if that wasn’t enough, the Creepy Craft Workshop at Bury Transport Museum provides the perfect way to get set for the scare!

    You can choose your time and even your scare level, so whether you fancy getting slightly spooked or totally terrified the East Lancashire Railway has you covered. Tickets cost £14.50 per adult and £7.50 per child. Under 3’s travel for free.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance, for more information, and to book your tickets, please click here!

  • It's the moment you've all been waiting for ... Dining with Distinction 2018 Programme has finally launched!

    The past few months have seen our Dining with Distinction team been hard at work devising some devilishly delicious menus for your to feast your eyes upon! We are pleased to announce that for 2018 we will be ofering brand new Whisky Tasting Dinners, and bringing back some old favourites with Themed Diners, ideal for those globetrotting gastronomers, not to mention the introduction of some killer Murder Mystery Night themes.

    Visit our dedicated Dining with Distinction website, www.diningwithdistinction.co.uk. for menus and dates. 

    Download Dining with Distinction 2018 Brochure

  • Happy families

    There is only one more week to go until our Day Out With Thomas event, and we are really excited. This will be the Little Blue Engine's last visit to the ELR in 2017, so if you haven't already, or if you have and want to do it all again, make sure you come along to play. There's a whole host of things to do including:

    • Rides on Thomas
    • Meeting The Fat Controller and friends
    • 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, Thomas Films
    • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic Shows
    • Circus Workshops
    • Face Painting

    The Fat Controller kicks things off with an opening ceremony at 9.45am each day so don't miss out. Tickets cost £18.50 per adult, £10.50 per child and £47.50 per family (2 adults and three children).

    Avoid the queues and book online!

  • D9531 at Bury South

    The Autumn Diesel gala gets off to a roaring start 23 and 24 September. Join us for an intensive all diesel timetable featuring your favourite locomotives, including:

    • D9531
    • D9551
    • D7629
    • 33 109
    • D7076
    • 37 109
    • 40 106
    • 40 135
    • 40 145
    • D1501
    • 50 015

    Please note due to unavailability the previously advertised locos D9537 and 56 006 are not available for this event. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


    One Day Rover Tickets cost £24 per adult, £21.50 per concession and £15.00 per child. Find more ticket prices and a timetable here.

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