There are trains running today using the Blue Timetable 2019

Important Information: Due to refurbishment, The Trackside will not be serving food from 15th March - 29th March. - 

The kitchen will re-open on 30th March. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • 78018 by Trevor Feltham

    The Spring Steam Gala will be going ahead 8 – 10 March and today we were pleased to announce the locomotive line-up, which includes a number of old favourites and special guests!

    Locos confirmed so far:

    • 78018, appearing courtesy of the Great Central Railway, Darlingtopn Railway Preservation Society (owner) and Loughborough Standard Locomotives Group (custodian).
    • BR Standard 4 Tank 80097 (official launch into service)
    • BR Standard Tank 80080, courtesy of PRCLT, first return to traffic following overhaul
    • 34092
    • 45407
    • 52322
    • 2890
    • 32 Gothenburg

    Stay tuned for more information as and when it becomes available!

    Picture by Trevor Feltham via the GCR Website.

    Find out more.

  • Whisky Tasting

    Join us as we celebrate Burns Night in a truly special way with a sumptuous evening diner complete with Whisky Tasting session. Join an expert guide on a tour of the world’s greatest whisky as you enjoy a full four course meal on a 2 and ¾ hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley!

    The specially themed menu features:

    • Highland Smoked Salmon & Leek Souffle with a baby leaf salad and horseradish cream
    • Scoth Broth with fresh chopped parsley
    • Traditional Scottish Haggis with neeps, tatties and whisky gravy
    • Raspberry & Blackberry Clan Dew Trifle with shortbread and fresh cream

    Tickets cost £80 per person, book now!

  • 20 December 2018

    Twixmas Treat!

    Soak up the spirit of the season in style with loco legend A4 60009 'Union of South Africa' as she returns to the East Lancashire Railway from 22 December - 30 December 2018

    The Gresley Great will be hauling one of the Santa Special trains on 22, 23 and 24 December as well as running our standard services on 26, 29, 30 December

    If you haven't booked Santa Specials tickets you can still enjoy a ride in our public carriage at normal fares.

    Visit our Timetables & Fares page for more information.

    *Please note that it will now be Black 5 44871 hauling steam services on New Years Day.

  • Sulzer Saturday

    If you are a fan of heritage steam or vintage diesel then have we got an update for you! Our enthusiast events for 2019 have been announced! From Summer Steam to Sulzer Saturdays this line-up is sure to get your engine going! Click on each of the event titles below to find out more.

  • Photography Experience

    Whether you are an amateur snapper or an experienced shutterbug, our steam powered photography courses have something to offer you. Join expert guides from our partners at North West Photography Courses as they take you on a guided tour of the line teaching you tips and tricks to get the most out of your photography.

    Each course includes hands on tuition, a trip on the train, a light lunch and a tour behind the scenes of the ELR to areas not ordinarily open to the public. Tickets cost £130 per person.

    Book now.

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