Storm the Castle

Castles are great aren’t they, who doesn’t love battlements and portcullises? The only problem is they are often tucked out of the way, requiring hours of travelling time to see them if you live in the North-West, but what if we told you we could bring the castle to you?

4079 “Pendennis Castle” will be visiting the East Lancashire Railway in Spring 2024, courtesy of Didcot Railway Centre, as part of her 100th anniversary celebrations!

This historic steam locomotive was built in 1924 for the Great Western Railway and was well known for easily outperforming its rivals in speed and efficiency, as well as being chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the British Empire Exhibition in 1925.

Following retirement from mainline service she continued to represent us overseas, working on preservation lines in Australia until 1994 (alongside Flying Scotsman no less). She came back home in 2000 and was returned to service in 2021.

This is a rare opportunity to ride behind this historic Great Western Locomotive over the testing gradients of the East Lancashire Railway. Normal fares apply.

Update 31-Jan: Pendennis Castle now features as part of the Western Region Weekend taking place on Sat/Sun 13/14 April.

“Pendennis” Diners

Take your visit with 4079 “Pendennis” to the next level with a luxury dining experience. There are a number of different dining trains available that will be hauled by this iconic locomotive.

13th April – Red Rose Diner

Enjoy an atmospheric evening meal on board one of our opulently restored Pullman style carriages. This four course, silver served meal is one of our flagship experiences and fully embodies everything that comes to mind when you hear the words “Dining Train”.

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20th April – Murder Mystery

Have you got the skills to solve the clues? Can you catch the dastardly evil doer before dessert? Join us for a Murder at the Ritz, a glamorous 1920s caper with a side order of crime. Expect a sparkling welcome drink, a four-course meal, and an evening of interactive entertainment.

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27th April – Premium Night

Looking to give yourself the star treatment you know you deserve? The Premium Night Diner represents the ultimate Dining Experience we offer at the East Lancashire railway, with live music, freshly prepared canapes, on board entertainment and more.

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10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 April 2024

Standard Fares apply

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