There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 17th November 2018 using the Blue Timetable 2018 - possible amendments may apply

Wave the Flag for the Home County - 

Join us for Lancashire Weekend »


Home is where the start is…

The East Lancashire Railway is more than just a way to get from A to B, we like to think of it as a beginning, the beginning of your own story here in the Irwell Valley. Whatever kind of tale tickles your fancy, from travel journals to nostalgic memoirs, our Resident’s Permits mean every stop is the start of a new adventure!

A new station, a new chapter

Each of the seven station stops has a unique story to tell. Travel back through time to sample the Victorian splendour of Queen’s Park in Heywood, go on a treasure hunt at the world famous Bury Market, explore the natural beauty of Burrs Country Park and relax in the retail wonderland of Ramsbottom.

Continue north to take in Irwell Vale, one of the prettiest parts of the line, on your way to Rawtenstall where you can enjoy a drink at our own Buffer Stops Bar, the perfect final chapter in your steam powered adventure.

Start your Story – ticket prices

Enjoy exploring and save up to 70% on fares by joining our resident’s permit scheme for just £17.50 for a three-year period.
Enjoy the following discounted fares:

Freedom of the line – includes unlimited travel all day, not available on special event days:

Ticket Fare
Adult/Child/Concession £9.50

Full Line Return Ticket – Valid for one full line journey:

Ticket Fare
Adult £6.50 
Child £4.50 
Concession £4.50 

Special Event Rover:

Ticket Fare
Adult/Child/Concession £15.50

How to Apply

To apply please download and complete the form on the Residents’ Permit leaflet 2018.

To download…

Our visitors say…

  • Great place to take the family and the themed days we found were extra special. These guys put so much effort in and as well as the trains there are some great views along the railway route, all stops take on some real nostalgia. We loved it.

Notices and promotions

  • A Home for Wells Xpro
  • ELR Chairman
  • Find timetables and fares here
  • Help to support the East Lancashire Railway

Find out First

Want the latest news hot from the firebox? Sign up to receive our regular e-newsletter and keep up-to-date with news, offers and events.
Visit England - Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Greater Manchester's Transport Heritage East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society Pennine Telecom The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
© The East Lancashire Railway 2014 - 2018. All rights reserved.
The East Lancashire Light Railway Company Limited registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY Registered number: 02023981