Bury Transport Museum

The industrial heritage of the North West is brought to life before your very eyes at Bury Transport Museum.

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.

Hop off the train at our Bury Station, and just across the road – in the restored Castlecroft Goods Warehouse from 1848 – you’ll find the Bury Transport Museum. It’s a must-see stop for all visitors to the East Lancashire Railway, old and young.

Inside, we’ll take you back through the 20th Century, recreating what life was like with loads of hands-on exhibits and full-size vehicles.

Why Visit?

The whole family will be amazed at the stories we share and the cars, trucks, buses and trains we have on display. You’ll find a treasure trove of vintage vehicles to discover and period costumes to try on, alongside loads of hands-on activities to get stuck into.

We’ve got dozens of original artifacts from the turn of the 20th century and beyond, each telling its own unique tale about the people living and working in the industrial North West – and how they travelled about.

Discover the horse drawn tram that was once a chip shop. Learn how “Hilda” the steam roller almost met her end and get up close and personal to the legendary steam train 60009 “Union of South Africa”.

The Home of 60009 “Union of South Africa”

The iconic Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive and is one of only six surviving A4’s in the entire world. She was built in 1937 and carries a Springbok plaque on the side, a gift from a South African newspaper proprietor in honour of her name.

Withdrawn from service in 1966, she has been in preservation under the stewardship of a single owner ever since. She recently retired from running and now, for the first time ever, she is being displayed for public access at our own Bury Transport Museum.

This is a unique opportunity to get up close to a life-sized steam engine, you really get an appreciation for the size and power of these machines when you see them off the tracks and up close!

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Special Workshops and Exhibitions

We’re always changing our exhibitions and bringing in new experiences, so watch this space to see what’s new at the Bury Transport Museum. During the school holidays, we host drop-in craft workshops and special events, and we can also organise special visits for school groups.

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Admission Prices

Tickets to the Bury Transport Museum can only be purchased online or on the day. Please find the list of available tickets and admission costs below:

Adult £5.00 Book Now
Child (3 – 17) £3.00 Book Now
Large Family (2 adults 3 children) £13.00 Book Now
Small Family (1 adult 2 children) £8.00 Book Now
Child Under 3 Free N/A
Essential Carer Free N/A
ELRPS Member Free N/A

Entry is FREE for visitors with an East Lancashire Railway Day Rover ticket.

Tickets are Giftaidable. Make sure you keep hold of your ticket as it can be used to gain entry again for a 12-month period, you only have to pay once!

Opening Hours

Bury Transport Museum is open 10am – 4pm whenever services are running at the East Lancashire Railway. You can find running days here.

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Where to find us

We’re in the Castlecroft Goods Warehouse, just across the road from the Bury Bolton Street Station. You won’t miss us, there are plenty of signposts from the platform.

If you’re coming by car our address is Castlecroft Goods Warehouse, Bolton St, Bury BL9 0EY. Parking is limited.

For further information on the Bury Transport Museum, including exhibitions, parking and events please contact 0333 320 2830 or email enquiries@eastlancsrailway.co.uk

Please note that dogs are not allowed into the museum, except for official guide and assistance dogs.