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


    Exciting news on the grand reopening of our Trackside and Buffer Stops Bars! On Monday the 12th April we will be opening our doors and offering tables on a first come first served basis.

    We have worked with the local authority and policing team to ensure your visit is safe and complies with the current guidelines and rules, and we ask for your understanding and compliance with all procedures.

    You can find the opening hours for the Trackside here.

    You can find the opening hours for the Bufferstops here.

  • Liam Barnes City of Wells
    Dining With Distinction
    Halloween Ghost Train

    The East Lancashire Railway is thrilled to announce that, following the most recent government announcements, we are preparing to open our doors once again.

    Standard services will be running from the 1st of May onwards and will see a variety of both steam and diesel trains. This isn’t all, we will also be re-opening our café and pubs, so you will finally be able to enjoy a drink on the platform as you watch the world go by! Safety is of paramount importance so we will be following our Covid-Safe guidelines to the letter.

    Tickets for standard services can be purchased in advance here, prices are being held until further notice so now is a great time to book.

    We know that people have been keen to see the return of our popular Dining with Distinction services. Well we’re pleased to tell you that our Diners will be back in operation from the 21st May and beyond. If you’re looking to treat yourself, or looking for the perfect gift for mum this Mothering Sunday, then pick from our wide selection of luxury Dining experiences, from Lancastrian Lunches and Red Rose Diners to Mid-Week Luncheons and Murder Mystery nights. Find out more and book here.

    Last but not least, something spooky this way comes… Our Halloween Ghost Trains are returning for 2021! We’ve got some frighteningly fantastic plans lined up for this, more information and tickets will be available soon, so watch this space.

  • 24 December 2020


    Important Notice

    We look forward to welcoming visitors back in 2021. The first major event will be the return of Flying Scotsman on Good Friday, 2nd April, click here to find out more and book online.

    There are a number of ways in which you can support the East Lancs Railway during these challenging times, find out how here.

    May we take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during 2020! Here's hoping we see you all again soon!

  • Important Notice

    Following guidance from Bury Council and confirmation from the government that Greater Manchester will remain under Tier Three regulations, regrettably we have been forced to cancel the remainder of the existing Santa Special and Festive Dining trains, due to run 19-24 December.

    Our contact centre is expected to receive a high volume of calls over the coming days, so we will be contacting all of those affected directly and full refunds will be offered.

    All dining passengers affected will be offered alternative dates which are available online:

    All passengers booked for the Santa Specials (19-24 December) will be offered the option to transfer to the ‘Elfmas: Letters to Santa’ event. Passengers opting to transfer to this new event can either choose to (1) take a partial refund, (2) make a donation, or (3) take a train ride on any operating day in 2020 or 2021, excluding special events. Full details will follow via e-mail correspondence – customers are advised to check their Junk/Spam folder.

    Find out more about Elfmas here.

  • Important Notice

    Following the confirmation from the government that Greater Manchester will remain under Tier Three regulations, we will issue a statement later today with regards to our Santa Special and Dining Trains.

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