There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 1st May 2021 using the Reopening Timetable
  • Hail the ale

    The East Lancashire Railway is set to celebrate all things ale in the vale at the brand new Beer and Cider Festival – Ales on the Rails. Join us on a steam powered journey along the 12-mile line, where Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall will each be exploring a different aspect of the local brewing scene.

    If beer is your bag then visit The Trackside in Bury and rub shoulders with the giants of the industry, and cider savants won’t want to miss the Cider Bar in the Platform Two Activity Centre. Craft Ale connoisseurs should alight at Ramsbottom for a gallery of artistic local craft brews whilst 60s swingers may want to head to Rawtenstall for a healthy dose of groovy tunes and funky ale as the town transforms for the Rossendale 60s Festival.

    And we haven’t even mentioned the live music taking place throughout the weekend!

    Standard fares apply, for more information click here.

  • Summerseat

    The East Lancashire railway has been made aware of roadworks taking place in Summerseat Village from mid-July to mid-September.

    The railway really does consider itself part of the local community and would therefore like to lend a helping-hand during the ongoing works by offering heavily discounted Residents Permit rates for those boarding the train at Summerseat Station for the duration of the disruption.

    The discounted rates are as follows (please note that they do not cover activities at special events):

    • Freedom of the Line (unlimited travel) = £9.00
    • Full Line Return Adult = £6.00
    • Full Line Return Concession/Child = £4.00

    We hope that this will go a little way to help during this tumultuous time.

  • Family Fun Weekend

    If you feel like skipping the bank holiday traffic why not take the family to our own Family Fun Weekend, 26 – 28 August, featuring a wide selection of fantastic events to see out the Summer. Whether unleashing your inner master builder in the Lego Pit, taking a Donkey Ride outside Bury Art Museum or absorbing some beach culture with Sand Art, there is bound to be something that strikes your fancy along the 12-mile line.

    Activities at each station include:

    Bury Bolton Street

    • Punch and Judy Shows
    • Face Painting

    Bury Transport Museum

    • Lego Brick Pit and Model Exhibits
    • Miniature Railway and Donkey Rides


    • Sand Art
    • Balloon Modelling


    • Mini Golf
    • Face Painting

    Standard fares apply, please note some activities may incur a small additional cost.

    Why not book online and save 10% with the promo code “Family Fun”.

  • The Princess Adventure

    Calling all noble knights and dynamic damsels, the East Lancashire Railway needs your help on an epic quest to save Storybook Land from the maleficent villains. Be our guest, let it go and dig a little deeper as you race to rescue the magical gems on this all singing, all action adventure.

    Each trip includes:

    • One return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall hauled by a heritage steam train
    • An enchanting two hour experience with your favourite fairytale friends
    • Magical activities along the line
    • Plenty of photo opportunities

    Tickets cost £11.50 per adult and £7.30 per child and must be purchased in advance.

    Find out more and Book Now!

  • Day Out With Thomas

    Treat your little ones to a day with everyone’s favourite little blue engine this weekend at the East Lancashire Railway. Thomas and the Fat controller will be coming to play on the 5 and 6 of August so don’t miss this opportunity to take rides with Thomas, meet and greet with his friends and enjoy performances by Sodor’s silliest station sweepers Rusty and Dusty.

    You can also take part in Thomas themed activities and colouring and drawing at the Imagination Station, take in magic and circus shows and take advantage of unlimited travel on all services as part of your Thomas entry fee.

    Tickets are available to purchase on the day and cost £18.50 per adult, £10.50 per child and £47.50 per family (2 adults and 3 children). Under 2s attend for free!

    For more information and to pre-book click here.

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