We’ve got amazing steam trains for fans of heritage railways. We’ve got historic waiting rooms and picture perfect platforms. And of course we have a gift shop. But we also have 12 miles of stunning scenery and 7 different stops for you to hop off and explore the beautiful countryside and vibrant market towns. Whatever stop you start at and wherever you are coming from, be it near Lancashire, Preston, Liverpool, Chester or even further afield. Whether your a couple looking to create some memories, friends that need good things to do indoors on a rainy day, or a family exploring Manchester for places to see, you’ll find everything you need to know to enjoy cheap, fun days out in the North West.
We welcome everyone to the ELR, and have made accessibility a priority on our trains and at our stations.
We’re easy to find – whichever station you’re starting from. Get driving and parking details here. We’re also only a short tram journey from Manchester Picadilly.
Start early and make the most of your time with one of our most-recommended day trip itineraries.
We’ve got brilliant buffets, delicious platform cafés, heritage pubs and a whole host of places for you to eat, drink and watch the trains go by
Want to know where to begin your journey? Just pick any of our stations, because every stop is a start
on the East Lancashire Railway. Explore the map below to see the route our trains take.
One of the star attractions on the ELR,
don’t miss the amazing Bury Transport Museum,
packed with historic vehicles of every shape and size.
Get your whole day sorted easily with one of our pre-planned itineraries.View all itineraries
There’s fun for little kids, big kids and everyone in between on the ELR, the perfect place to spend a day together.
With four market towns to explore, you’re sure to find a bargain and bring home some wonderful gifts.
Strap up your hiking boots, fill up your flasks and get out into the breathtaking countryside that surrounds the ELR.
Journey back to the 19th Century and explore the industrial history that forged the Irwell Valley and its local towns.
Download the East Lancashire Railway’s latest visitor guide.
Download the East Lancashire Railway’s latest Timetable Leaflet.
Perfect for any rail buff or family member you want
to treat with a unique day out, our gift vouchers
are super flexible to match any occasion.