Summer Diesel Gala

Diesel powered fun in the sun!

Gleaming diesel locomotives, gorgeous sun-drenched days (hopefully) and soothing summer evenings. It’s the East Lancashire Railway’s Summer Diesel Gala!

Update 19 June:

Freightliner has advised that Class 47, 47830 and Class 70, 70014 are both travelling to the 2024 Summer Diesel Gala. ELR is very grateful for Freightliner’s generous support for this event.

Full details of the visiting locomotive line up – all subject to availability:

  • Class 20, 20066 – courtesy of HNRC. A much sought-after locomotive by enthusiasts, the veteran ‘Chopper’ last operated a passenger service on the mainline in 1993, and many enthusiasts will have fond memories of this fine locomotive returning on a railtour from Worcester Open Day, heading up the steeply-graded Lickey Bank, paired with a fellow classmate.
  • Class 26, 26007 – courtesy of KOZZY-RAIL. Recently outshopped in ‘trainload coal’ livery, this popular locomotive returns to ELR as it appeared when working specially over the Settle-Carlisle line back in February 1990.
  • Class 37, 37425 – courtesy of HNRC. A popular locomotive with English Electric Enthusiasts.
  • Class 47, D1645 / 47830 – courtesy of Freightliner.
  • Class 70, 70014 – courtesy of Freightliner.

See and ride behind your favourite engines from the ELR home fleet, with an intensive all diesel timetable for three whole days. This is one of the most popular annual enthusiast events of the year, so don’t miss out.

Tickets now on-sale.


Ticket Online On the Day Book Now
Adult £34.00 £38.00 Book Tickets
Child £22.00 £24.50 Book Tickets
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £67.50 £75.00 Book Tickets
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £89.50 £99.50 Book Tickets
Adult 2 Day Rover £57.50 £64.00 Book Tickets
Child 2 Day Rover £37.50 £41.50 Book Tickets
Adult 3 Day Rover £77.50 £86.00 Book Tickets
Child 3 Day Rover £49.00 £54.50 Book Tickets
PRIV Adult £21.00 £21.00 Book Tickets
PRIV Child £16.50 £16.50 Book Tickets

Please note: when booking a family ticket, the appropriate discount will be applied at checkout.

Brake Van Rides

Appreciate the gala from a truly unique perspective, with a return Brake Van Ride behind your favourite locomotive.

All Brake Van Rides board at Bury Bolton Street Station. On Thursday 27th June at 07:40 our premium trip takes you to Rawtenstall and returns. All other trips are return to Ramsbottom. Pick your preferred loco and time below, and remember to also purchase a Summer Diesel Extravaganza ticket for the same date.

Thursday 27th June

Class 37 37109 07:40 Bury to Rawtenstall Return Book Now
Class 14 D9531 09:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
Class 50 50015 11:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
Class 47 47765 13:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now

Friday 28th June

Class 40 40012 08:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
Class 35 D7076 10:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
Class 26 26007 12:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
Class 33 33109 14:40 Bury to Ramsbottom Return Book Now
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