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An intimate steam hauled dining experience
Something a little different with a guided Rail Ale Trail
The perfect setting for a relaxed first date

Ah Valentine's Day, when the colours red and pink become predominant on the shelves of the local supermarkets and the hunt for the perfect gift becomes ever more urgent as the fourteenth inches closer. Well, panic over! Read on for a range of suggestions for truly unforgettable gifts to surprise your loved one with, after all, steam trains have a romance all of their own!

A Romantic Meal for Two

Is there a more romantic setting than a luxurious, dimly lit dining carriage hauled by a gently rocking steam train? As the saying goes, food is the way to many people's hearts and our dining experiences offer a top pick of fantastic menus such as charcuterie continental meat selection or delicious sticky ginger and honey chicken and can even include add-ons like a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne!

Dates with a Difference

You're asking somebody out on a first date, obviously you want it to be unforgettable but don't want it to be too formal. Why not book a couple of spots on our Valentine's Day Rail Ale Trail? Take a professionally guided, steam powered trip around the beautiful Irwell Valley, visit quirky bars and olde worlde pubs, all while sampling fine local ales. Lunch is included alongside a souvenir bottle of ale.

The Safe Option

Don't let the stress of picking the perfect present get you down, pick up one of our flexible gift vouchers and let your loved one choose whatever they would like, from a day spent driving a train or a romantic meal to photography courses or a Rail Ale Trail. There are a wide range of activities and special event days that can be included.

Popping the Question?

Perhaps you're planning to propose, or have already done so, and are looking for somewhere unique to host the most important day of your life. Discover what the East Lancashire Railway can offer you and your bride/groom to be!

From ceremonies at the atmospheric Bury Station or scenic Ramsbottom to a wedding breakfast on our luxury dining carriages, we allow you to personalise every detail of the big day, right down to which headboard will grace the front of your own private steam train.

To find out more about what the East Lancashire Railway can offer on your wedding day contact our Marketing Manager on and receive our 2015 Wedding Brochure. We can't wait to help make your special day that bit more special!

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