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Your visit, your itinerary

As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Lancashire there are plenty of things to see and do around the line and the six station stops are well equipped with cafés, pubs, gift shops and a Transport Museum waiting to be explored!

Whether your group is after a scenic steam journey, fine dining experience or something a little different, the East Lancashire Railway provides plenty of options to ensure that your party has an enjoyable visit.

Dining Experiences

The East Lancashire Railway has an array of steam hauled dining excursions ideal for all group visits. From the quintessentially British Cream Tea Specials to great value two course Mid-Week Luncheons.

Rail Ale Trail**

The East Lancashire Railway’s Rail Ale Trails take you on a voyage to discover some of the Irwell Valley’s most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs, all linked together by the railway. Whether you are an ale lover, cider aficionado or cream soda supporter, you will find something to suit your taste buds at every station along the route. Whether it’s a bespoke group excursion, teambuilding exercise or a corporate event, the tours are suitable for both small and large groups and can be tailored to your group’s requirements. Visit the Rail Ale Trail page for more information.

** Please note that all Rail Ale Trails are guided tours that focus on the history, heritage and culture of the local areas and its people.

Group Presentations

Speakers from the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society are available to make a presentation to groups and societies and provide interesting and entertaining lectures about the railway. These include:

  • The History and Development of the East Lancashire Heritage Railway by David Wright, Chairman of the ELRPS.
  • Activities on the East Lancashire Railway and the role played by the Volunteers, by Michael Moore.

Each presentation lasts approximately one hour and contains slides and videos of the railway at work. For more details or to make a booking please telephone: 0333 320 2830 – Lines are open daily 10am – 4pm. You can also email

Booking & Payment

To make a booking or to start planning your visit contact our Group Bookings Manager, Anna Duncan, on

  • Photo: A group meal on a luxury Dining Experience
    Group Experiences

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