There are trains running today using the Autumn Diesel Gala Timetable 2018 (Special Fares Apply)

Power into the season for our Autumn Diesel Gala this weekend - 

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  • Important Notice

    Following some much needed heavy rainfall overnight, and the adoption of ashpan guards to some engines, we are delighted to announce that steam services have been re-instated for this coming weekend, as per the below:


    • 9:30am departure to Rawtenstall will be diesel hauled by Class 40 for the first trip and will then be steam hauled by 6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’ from the 11:50am departure to Rawtenstall for the rest of the day.
    • All other services will be diesel hauled.
    • The Murder Mystery Night diner will be steam hauled by 6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’.


    • 9:30am departure to Heywood will be diesel hauled by Class 37 109.
    • 9:30am departure to Rawtenstall will be steam hauled by 6990 ‘Witherslack Hall’
    • The Lancastrian Lunch diner will be steam hauled by GWR 813 Saddle Tank.

    We are taking great care and caution during the reintroduction of steam, so please note that the above may change without prior warning.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

  • Due to the high level of fire risk, all services from Sunday 1st July will be diesel hauled until further notice.

    Our teams will be working hard to ensure a steam service returns as soon as possible.

    We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, however safety must come first.

    Thank your for your understanding.

  • Important Notice

    Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control the following arrangements have had to be made to the upcoming locomotive roster. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

    Sunday 17th June 2018: Steam locomotive is covering the first service of the day but will then be changed for an available diesel locomotive.

    Friday 22nd June 2018: Locomotive 32 and Class 14 D9531 (if available) will cover the timetabled passenger service for the duration of the day.

    Saturday 23rd June 2018: There will be two diesel engines and one steam engine running on this date. The 09.30 to Heywood and 09.30 to Rawtenstall will be diesel hauled. The 10.15 to Heywood will be steam, covered by 'The Hall' 6990.

    Sunday 24th June 2018: Steam locomotive is covering the first service of the day but will then be changed for an available diesel locomotive.

    Friday 29th June 2018: GWR 813 Saddle Tank will be covering passenger service.

  • Father's Day Diner

    Whether your old man’s the pipe and slippers kind of chap or more of an action dad, the East Lancashire Railway can help you wow him with the perfect gift this 17 June!

    We have picked out a selection of our most fantastic offerings. Foodie fathers may enjoy a delicious meal on a luxury Dining Experience, while those with an affinity for ale may prefer a historic tour, and we haven’t even mentioned the Drive a Train Experiences and Photography Courses…

    So take a look at our list of fab-dad gift ideas and give him a treat he’ll remember forever! Click here.

  • Race the Train

    It’s a clash of the titans as enthusiastic runners try to beat the steam train from Bury to Rawtenstall at this charitable marathon. Come along and help support good causes by cheering on your favourite runners, or cheering on the locomotive!

    Normal fares apply and the run starts at Bury Bolton Street Station. For more information and to register as a runner click here.

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