Private Hire

What’s better than experiencing all the fun of the East Lancashire Railway? Experiencing all the fun of the East Lancashire Railway at your very own private event. No crowds, no queues, just your own private railway experience.

The ELR is fun for everyone. But with our private hire packages, it could be especially fun for you and your special guests.

Private Dining and Catering

Whisk your guests back in time to the days when fine dining on a train was the height of sophisticated luxury. With three luxurious Pullman-style carriages available to hire, each served by professional waiters and catering staff, you can welcome up to 138 guests to your own private dinner on the rails.

Hire Your Own Private Train Carriage

Owning a private train is a luxury reserved for royalty and the highest of high society – but you can experience that luxury for yourself by hiring our Observation Saloon. Sumptuously fitted with wooden marquetry and traditional fittings, this private car is a moving venue for up to 25 people to enjoy a luxurious afternoon or evening. The Observation Saloon can be attached to nearly all of our service trains, and includes a tea and coffee service. You can also hire our standard carriages or individual seating.

Private Function Room Hire

Wow your guests as you welcome them to a private venue unlike any other. Our conference room overlooks the main hall of Bury Transport Museum, giving your guests a sneak peek at our exhibits and artifacts in between discussions. We can even combine private room hire with a dining experience, a drive a train course, or a private guided tour of the museum itself.

Plan Your Private Event

To plan and book your very own private event at the East Lancashire Railway, get in touch with our team. We’ll put together a tailored package to make sure your event is extra-special.

Just shoot us a quick email at and we’ll be happy to help.

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