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  • The East Lancashire Railway is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events that occurred on Monday night at the Manchester Arena.

    The railway has today announced that their upcoming 1940s Weekend, which will take place on 27 – 29 May, will go ahead as planned with just a few changes to the schedule.

    Mike Kelly, East Lancashire Railway Chairman said;

    Firstly, our heartfelt condolences go out to all those affected by the horrific events that happened at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

    In light of these events, we have reviewed all aspects of our upcoming 1940s Weekend and have made a number of changes which will hopefully give reassurance to all visitors who wish to come and enjoy the various entertainment and displays along the line. We have therefore made the decision to remove all battle re-enactments and weapon demonstrations from this year’s programme. Security has also been increased throughout the event weekend.

    The community is at the forefront of our thinking and we do not wish to cause unnecessary worry to our visitors and the local area.

    All other activities scheduled for the weekend will go ahead and our popular event will continue as planned, celebrating the fashion, music, dancing, vehicles, and of course spirit and unity, that the forties is famed for.

    We hope the public will understand our decision. We will host a minute’s silence at Bury Bolton Street Station at 11am on Saturday to honour the victims of the tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones at this sad time.”

  • Today has seen the arrival of our new loco for the next few months, 6990 "Witherslack Hall", thanks to Great Central Railway. It will make its debut on the line on 24th May and will stay with us until the end of July. Thanks to Phil_the_photter from Flickr for the image.

  • 1940s Weekend
    Caption: Picture courtesy of Forties in Focus Collection

    Tally-ho chaps and chappettes, it’s almost that time again so dust off that polka-dot dress, wax that moustache and step into your finest dancing shoes for a weekend of glitz and glamour at the East Lancashire Railway’s award-winning 1940s Weekend! This year’s event features a veritable army of live musicians and entertainers to get your toes tapping, and if the lindy hop doesn’t get you jumping we have vintage stalls and vehicle exhibitions, interactive historical displays and scenarios, battle re-enactments and much more.


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  • Tracey Parkinson

    The East Lancashire Railway has today announced the appointment of Tracey Parkinson as their new General Manager.

    Tracey has a longstanding history with railways, which started when she won a Footplate Experience on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and following that began volunteering there. Since then she has worked as the Marketing Officer at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Train Services Manager at the National Railway Museum, UK Operations Manager for the Railway Touring Company, Information Controller at National Rail Communications Centre and Customer Relationship Manager at Hull Trains. Tracey will be joining the East Lancashire Railway from the Talyllyn Railway, in North West Wales, where she served as their General Manager.

    Mike Kelly, East Lancashire Railway Chairman, said: “The railway has seen significant growth over the past few years, with record visitor numbers, new events and ambitious developments and expansions, something which we expect to continue going forward; therefore it was essential that we appointed the right person as General Manager to lead us during the exciting times that lie ahead.

    Tracey has a deep-rooted relationship with railways and is immensely knowledgeable and passionate about the industry. She will bring with her a wealth of experience and some inspiring ideas which will be of great benefit to us at the ELR. We look forward to welcoming her to our team!”

    Miss Parkinson, said: "I have fond recollections of times spent on the ELR and I am delighted to be joining the railway. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the role will bring".

    Tracey is expected to start at the East Lancashire Railway in July.

  • 24 April 2017

    Not long now!

    Day Out With Thomas

    Join Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller and all of their friends as they pay a visit to the East Lancashire Railway 29 April – 1 May for the first Day Out With Thomas event of 2017!

    This fun filled day out for all the family includes:

    • Rides on Thomas
    • Meeting The Fat Controller, Percy, Mavis, Bulgy and Diesel
    • Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s cheeky station sweepers
    • Unlimited travel on Steam and Diesel trains
    • Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including tabletop games, colouring and Thomas films
    • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic shows
    • Circus workshops
    • Face painting

    Day Out With Thomas is an event the whole family can enjoy so avoid the queues and book now!

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