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  • Princess Academy

    This week a host of brave princesses and noble knights will be embarking on a quest to reclaim the magical gems and save Storybook Land from the vile villains! This interactive tale will see you and your family board a steam train alongside your favourite friends from film and fable and take part in a host of entertaining activities to complete the story.

    The event includes:

    • One return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall hauled by a royally restored heritage steam train
    • A two-hour fairy-tale experience with the East Lancashire Railway’s most noble lords and ladies
    • Princess themed activities
    • Plenty of photo opportunities

    Royal refreshments will be available to purchase from our café on Platform ¾ at Bury Bolton Street Station and from our on-train buffet.

    The experience lasts approx. 2 - 3 hours and is recommended for families with children aged 5 years and over.

    Tickets cost £13 per adult and £8.50 per child and must be booked in advance.


  • Spring Diesel Gala

    Kick off 2018 in style by climbing aboard on our first big Diesel event of 2018! Join us for an intensive all diesel timetable featuring favourites from our renowned home fleet. Attendees include:

    • D9531
    • D9537
    • D7629
    • 33109
    • 37109
    • 40106
    • 40145
    • D832
    • 45108
    • 50015

    Beat the queues and save 10% by booking your gala tickets online using the promo code SPRINGDIESEL18. Book now!

    56006 and D1501 unfortunately will not be available for the ELR February diesel gala due to a number of technical issues.

  • The East Lancashire Railway is thrilled to announce a special visitor to our Spring Steam Gala, 2 – 4 March 2018, LMS Jubilee Class No. 45690 'Leander'*. Named after the tragic hero of an ancient Greek myth, we trust 'Leander' will meet with a much more agreeable fate during her visit to the ELR. The loco was built in 1936 in Crewe and has seen extensive service at heritage railways and on rail tours across the country and will be a real crowd-puller when she takes to our tracks in March.

    Find out more about the event, including locomotive line-up, ticket prices and timetables here. Save 10% when booking your tickets online! #greatvaluegala

    *Courtesy of the Jubilee Locomotive Company and Chris Beet. "Leander" is subject to availability and the completion of repairs.

    Photo thanks to Patrick Cheshire

  • Steam in January

    Introduce your little engineers to the magic of steam travel and save money this January! An ideal way to make good on those resolutions to broaden your horizons this year, our Kids Go Free offer allows free travel for one child accompanying one Freedom of the Line paying adult.

    To take part in this offer simply download this voucher!

    The voucher is only valid from 6 Jan – 9 Feb 2018. For full terms and conditions visit our Special Offers page.

  • The East Lancashire Railway has today confirmed that a planning application for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station has been approved by Rossendale Borough Council.

    The £600,000 development, which is being led by Bury based Equilibrium Architects, will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too.

    Planning permission is being sought for the following:

    • Platform Canopy

    The erection of an ‘L’ shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings.

    • New Station Building

    The construction of a 37 metre fully accessible building, accommodating a café, kitchen, activity/community room, tourist information centre and toilet and baby changing facilities.

    • Alterations to Existing Station Building

    The expansion of Buffer Stops Bar and relocation of current toilet facilities.

    • New Station Forecourt

    The attractive remodelling of existing outside space, including landscaping, sheltered cycle stands and picnic areas.

    More information on the development, including visuals and plans, will be available soon.

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