There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 15th May 2021 using the Reopening Timetable
Rail Ale Trail Station
Caption: Next Stop ... Ale.
Rail Ale Trail Bar
Caption: Rail Ale Trail Lounge
Professional Guided Tours
Caption: Professional Tour Guide spins a tale
Breathtaking scenery
Caption: Breathtaking scenery
Olde worlde Pubs
Caption: Olde Worlde Pubs

A ride on the East Lancashire Railway offers not only glorious countryside but tucked away hamlets, hidden gems (and pubs) and plenty of fascinating history!

Start your journey at the railway’s own trackside bar for a folksy atmosphere and a wide selection of real ales and ciders. There’s nothing quite like relaxing on the platform, pint in hand, watching steam and diesel engines pass by.

Hop on board one and head up to Ramsbottom. This pretty village is often the highlight of many a journey and no wonder. From trendy bars to a real ale brewery, there is plenty to satisfy your appetite for both local history and ale.

Round off your day out with a trip to Rawtenstall and a bit of a change. Aside from a wide selection of olde worlde pubs this town also plays host to the last original temperance bar in Britain.

Guided Tour

For more structure, book a spot on one of our professionally guided tours. All tours focus on the history and heritage of the local area, its brewing traditions and the people who shaped them over the centuries. Read more about our Rail Ale Trail Guided Tours.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Rail Ale Trails for 2021 have had to be delayed. Watch this space for further developments. Anyone who has booked tickets will be contacted by a member of our team.

Important Information

The East Lancashire Railway aims to provide a quality experience for all participants by offering a maximum of 25 places per tour. Themed tours are available throughout the year and pre-booking is essential. The tours start and finish at Bury Bolton Street Station with the option to continue the journey on the railway after the tour. All tours require some form of walking, whether that’s the short, level walk from the station to the pub or a more strenuous walk around some of the local scenery, please read each individual tour description carefully. Due to the varied terrains on which the tours take place visitors with mobility difficulties are asked to contact the railway prior to booking to discuss individual requirements and tailored tour itineraries.

All tours focus on the history and heritage of the local area, its brewing traditions and the people who shaped them over the centuries. Please note that hen and stag parties are prohibited on the guided tours. Tours are suitable for visitors aged 18 years + only. The East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to refuse entry and travel to any customers who join the tour as part of a stag or hen party, or are too heavily under the influence of alcohol

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