East Lancashire Railway is offering a fantastic opportunity in calling all Elizabeth’s to ride for free in the lead up to their royal ‘choo-choo-bilee’ celebrations.

If you’re lucky enough to share a name with the longest reigning monarch then this experience is not to be missed as Elizabeth’s ride for free all along the line.

From the 27th May until the 2nd June people named Elizabeth (first or middle name) can ride on all standard services free of charge (excluding dining trains and events tickets); exploring some of the hidden gems along the Irwell Valley including pubs, restaurants and much more). To redeem this offer head to the ELR ticket office in person (not available online or by phone) and present an official form of ID – UK passport, driving licence or birth certificate to obtain a complimentary day rover ticket. Click here to browse the timetables.

For those not fortunate enough to be called Elizabeth, don’t worry as you can get some great discounts on your travel tickets by booking in advance. Click here to purchase one of our tickets .


Jubilee Weekend

The East Lancs Railway is also hosting a celebration of the Platinum Jubilee with a special Jubilee bash Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June, which will feature special performances from the era at every station during the long weekend.

Each station along the line will be celebrating in 1940’s/50’s fashion with food, vintage stalls and music including the Washboard Resonators, the Rum and Cola Girls, Kitty LaMare and the George Formby Appreciation Society.

Guests are encouraged to take part and dress like the decade – and they’ll get the chance to see one-in-a-lifetime flyovers from classic Spitfire and Hurricanes, as well as a special speech commemorating the Jubilee by Mrs Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant. The full programme of entertainment and details of advance tickets can be found on the Jubilee Weekend page.

Please note: the ‘Elizabeth’s ride free promotion’ does not apply to the ELR Jubilee Weekend event (3-5 June, 2022). This offer cannot be combined with any other discounted fare tickets or offers at the East Lancashire Railway.