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

    There is only one more week to go until our Day Out With Thomas event, and we are really excited. This will be the Little Blue Engine's last visit to the ELR in 2017, so if you haven't already, or if you have and want to do it all again, make sure you come along to play. There's a whole host of things to do including:

    • Rides on Thomas
    • Meeting The Fat Controller and friends
    • 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, Thomas Films
    • Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories
    • Magic Shows
    • Circus Workshops
    • Face Painting

    The Fat Controller kicks things off with an opening ceremony at 9.45am each day so don't miss out. Tickets cost £18.50 per adult, £10.50 per child and £47.50 per family (2 adults and three children).

    Avoid the queues and book online!

  • D9531 at Bury South

    The Autumn Diesel gala gets off to a roaring start 23 and 24 September. Join us for an intensive all diesel timetable featuring your favourite locomotives, including:

    • D9531
    • D9551
    • D7629
    • 33 109
    • D7076
    • 37 109
    • 40 106
    • 40 135
    • 40 145
    • D1501
    • 50 015

    Please note due to unavailability the previously advertised locos D9537 and 56 006 are not available for this event. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

    One Day Rover Tickets cost £24 per adult, £21.50 per concession and £15.00 per child. Find more ticket prices and a timetable here.

  • 10K Run

    The Asda Foundation Bury 10K and Arena Group Fun Run is taking place in Bury this Sunday at around 9.30 in the morning. If you are not directly involved then why not come along and help create an inspiring attitude for the runners by lining the route and cheering everyone on. The run will start and finish near the Rock in Bury Town Centre.

    Please note that, to ensure the safety of all of those taking part, certain of the borough’s roads and boroughs will be closed or have restricted access. Some parking restrictions will also be in place but major car park such as at Mill Gate, The Rock, Knowsley Place and Castle Leisure Centre will be open.

    If you are planning on attending Sundays Dining Service, please bear these road closures in mind when planning your journey, make sure to allow adequate time to arrive and park as the Lancasrtrian Lunch train will be leaving on time.

    Find out more about road closures

    Find out more about the 10k run

    Find out more about the Family Fun Run

    Find the route for the 10k Run

    Find the route for the Family Fun Run

  • Tornado returns

    We’re battening down the hatches here in anticipation of a very special guest in early 2018, legendary locomotive LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 “Tornado” is finally returning to the Lancashire from 29 March – 2 April.

    The icon will be celebrating her 10th birthday on our line and we intend to make the most of the event, after all Tornado is a celebrity, being Britain’s newest steam engine, having starred in “Top Gear” and “Paddington 2” and being the first engine to reach 100mph in almost 50 years.

    Tickets will be available from 1 November 2017. To find out more about this event please click here.

  • A new vision for Rawtenstall

    The East Lancashire Railway has today confirmed that a planning application for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council.

    The £600,000 proposed development, which is being led by Bury based Equilibrium Architects, will see Rawtenstall Station redeveloped to provide enhanced facilities for not only visitors to the East Lancashire Railway but the local community too.

    Planning permission is being sought for the following:

    • Platform Canopy- The erection of an ‘L’ shaped canopy spanning the entire length and width of the station buildings.
    • New Station Building - The construction of a 37 metre fully accessible building, accommodating a café, kitchen, activity/community room, tourist information centre and toilet and baby changing facilities.
    • Alterations to Existing Station Building - The expansion of Buffer Stops Bar and relocation of current toilet facilities.
    • New Station Forecourt - The attractive remodelling of existing outside space, including landscaping, sheltered cycle stands and picnic areas.

    Mike Kelly, East Lancashire Railway Chairman, said:

    “This is a very exciting time for us here at the ELR with record levels of growth in visitors and hosting a wide range of diverse events. Working in partnership with Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station is one of our top priorities for the future which will see a doubling of the number of being jobs created and thousands of additional visitors using the facilities at the station and hopefully travelling on the railway. We have spent the last few months working with the team at Equilibrium Architects to come up with a design that is both in keeping with the station’s traditional appearance, yet boasting modern, high quality facilities.

    The East Lancashire Railway has been at the heart of Rawtenstall for the past 170 years and it is hoped that with the new development we will become an even greater part of the town and a key destination, for not only our passengers, but for our local community to enjoy”

    Richard Shuttleworth, Equilbrium Architects Director said “We are very pleased and proud to be working with the ELR on such an exciting but locally important project. We have appreciated from the ELR brief the importance of preserving the heritage look and feel of the station. With these proposals Rawtenstall will have, for many years to come, a part of its proud railway heritage preserved for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”

    If planning permission is successful, further details on the proposed development, including timescales, will be made available and a fundraising campaign will be launched.

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