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

The East Lancashire Railway has experienced a devastating drop in income following the two periods of lockdown, compounded by the enhanced restrictions that have been placed on the Greater Manchester area. The generosity of our supporters, regardless of the size of the contribution, is vital if we are to sustain the East Lancashire Railway for future generations.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways in which you can help support the East Lancashire Railway.

Ways You Can Help

Regular Raffle

To help raise funds, the East Lancashire Railway will be hosting regular raffles. Be in with a chance of winning a traditional Sunday lunch for 4 on one of our Lancastrian Lunch trains!

Find out more and enter here.

Everyday Shopping Online

Turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations! It’s simple to use and it’s free.

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for the East Lancashire Railway. How? Just start your online shopping first at Easyfundraising, with thousands of retailers to choose from. Then shop as normal, and the retailer will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

Click here and start donating now!

Make a Donation

Support our fundraising challenge and make a one-off or regular donation to the ELR Support Fund. Even better, you can make a donation with the facility of Gift Aid and claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. That’s as long as you’ve paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds.

Click here to donate today.

Donate by Standing Order

Make a monthly donation of whatever you are able to afford. You can download a Donation Standing Order form below.

Shopping via Amazon

If you shop with Amazon then this could be for you.

If you use the smile url instead of the normal Amazon one when shopping then AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of your Amazon purchases to your chosen charity.

And guess what? ELR is a registered charity with Amazon so its a really easy way to donate without costing you a penny! You use the same account on and AmazonSmile so there is no real difference in your shopping experience.

Go to to find out more and happy shopping!

A Gift In Your Will

Why not visit our Legacy page to view more details about how you could help future generations. Click here to view our Legacy information and documents.

Or if you need assistance in writing your will then Latimer Lee LLP will write your basic Will free of charge and ask only for a donation to the East Lancashire Railway. Find out more by visiting Latimer Lee LLP - Will and Probate solicitors.

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