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The ELR Needs You


In light of recent government advice and the developing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the East Lancashire Railway has had to make the difficult decision to cease all services and close all stations from Friday 20 March until further notice.

The East Lancashire Railway considers the health of our visitors, staff and volunteers a number one priority. As such, the move has been made to close the railway for the time being.

The ELR is a registered charity (1186648) and closure is set to have a heavy influence on the railway’s future, resulting in reduced services, cancelled events and more.

We are facing a number of serious challenges going forwards:

  • As of yet the Government has not offered any kind of monetary aid or support to charitable organisations
  • The help that is currently available would see the railway become heavily indebted, it would be several years before the railway would be able to pay this off
  • The amount the railway is set to lose over the coming weeks could threaten the continued existence of the ELR. That is why we need your support to survive.

We are asking you if you can help us keep the story of the regions industrious past going well into the future, letting us keep our current level of service and standard of events once the current crisis is over.

Help us save our steam!


East Lancashire Railway Charity Auction

The East Lancashire Railway is extremely grateful for all of the support we have received since we were forced to close our doors. We are now almost half way to our target of £200,000 and it is all thanks to you.

For all of our steam enthusiasts we have recently launched the ELR Silent Auction! This is a not to be missed chance to get your hands on money cannot buy experiences, all whilst continuing to support this vital historical treasure.

Items on offer include a guided tour of Pete Waterman’s model railway, personalised headboards, footplate rides and much more besides.

Place your bids now.

Notices and promotions

  • An updated appeal from ELR Chairman Mike Kelly

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