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  • 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.

  • 1940s Ladies

    Dust off your dancing shoes and two-step down to the Irwell Valley for a weekend of vintage glamour and historical excitement. The East Lancashire Railway is pulling out all of the stops to bring you live music and entertainment, historic exhibitions and more from Britain’s finest hour!

    Kick up your heels to show stopping tunes from our eclectic selection of ENSA entertainers, watch exciting battle re-enactments, rub shoulders with Winston Churchill and the characters from ‘Allo, ‘Allo, peruse vintage military stalls and even see a legendary Spitfire fly overhead!

    There’s so much going on that Visit Manchester put together this list of 15 must see things to do over the weekend!

    Ticket prices vary, book online now and save 10%.

  • Please note that due to technical difficulties, the first steam service on Sunday 20 May will be covered by 34092 "City of Wells" and then will change to a diesel locomotive to finish the day. We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

  • 1940s Weekend

    Dust off your dancing shoes for a weekend of vintage glamour at this award-winning event. We pull out all the stops to bring you live music and entertainment, historical exhibitions, action packed battle re-enactments and more, all from the glory days of Britain’s finest hour!

    Highlights include:

    • Live performances from ENSA entertainers like Paul Harper, Don Gentile, The Rum & Cola girls and more.
    • Battle re-enactments
    • Live music and dancing
    • Military and vehicle displays
    • Interactive characters from ’Allo, ‘Allo
    • Fashion and memorabilia stalls
    • Performances from Magician (and Spiv supreme) Jez Mansfield
    • Spitfire and Messerschmitt display
    • Spitfire flypast Saturday afternoon
    • Historical displays and talks
    • Military parade in Ramsbottom, Sunday
    • Winston Churchill impersonator
    • Themed stations
    • Vintage craft activities
    • Afternoon cream tea experience

    Book online and save 10% off the price of your tickets. Find out more and book now!

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Calling all little engineers! Join the number one blue engine himself, along with The Fat Controller and all of his friends, for a train ride unlike any other.


    There are lots of things to see and do including:

    • Rides behind Thomas
    • Meeting the Fat Controller and Friends
    • Performances by Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers, Rusty and Dusty
    • Unlimited train travel
    • Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station
    • Magic Shows
    • Circus Workshops
    • Face Painting

    The Fat Controller’s opening ceremony takes place at 9:45am each day., Activities finish at 4pm. Tickets cost £19.50 per adult. £12 per child. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children cost £55. A family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children costs £65. Under 2s are free.

    Book now.

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