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The East Lancashire Railway- trains and tourist attractions in Bury and it's surrounding areas. A perfect choice when it comes to days out and attractions in Bury.

Now carrying over 120,000 passengers a year, the East Lancashire Railway was established in 1846 and continues to be one of Bury's most visited tourist attractions. The line is over 12 miles long and runs between Heywood and Rawtenstall, with scenic views as the trains cross the River Irwell and continue climbing up the valley.

The East Lancashire Railway provides much more than just rail transport services; it has an ongoing programme of events and is one of Bury's premier tourist attractions. With affordable fares and availability for children's activities and parties, the East Lancs Railway is an ideal choice for family days out and attractions.

 

 


 

Luxury Steam-Hauled Dining Services

Pullman style coaches on the East Lancs Railway have been carefully restored to offer passengers a relaxing and comfortable environment for enjoying excellent food and drink. Trains pass through the beautiful Irwell Valley, making the East Lancs Railway the ideal venue for any occasion, from a romantic dinner for two to entertaining corporate clients.

In the restaurants you can choose from a wide selection of lovingly prepared food, including the Red Rose Diner and The Lancastrian Lunch. Restaurants on board the East Lancs Railway can also cater for dietary requirements and stock a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

 


 

 

Driving Experience Courses

 

The East Lancashire Railway are giving you the opportunity to get into the driver's seat of our main line steam and diesel locomotive trains! With courses throughout the year at affordable prices, this is one of Bury's most unique tourist attractions.


Complimentary tea and biscuits are served whilst you register, and after splitting into two groups, you will enjoy a round trip between Bury and Ramsbottom driving, firing and guarding. A guided tour around the Locomotive Works, Carriage Restoration Works and Bury South Signal box is included in the price, along with a commemorative certificate of your experience on the trains.

 

 


 

Children's Parties and Activities

As well as being able to cater for large groups and private venue hire, The East Lancs Railway specialises in children's activities and parties for every occasion. With party rates available to suit all budgets and requirements, the East Lancs Railway has both carriages and trains for hire for both activities and private functions.

 

Jimmy the Jinty

 

The East Lancs Railway is also the home of Jimmy the Jinty 47324, which was built in 1926 in Glasgow. Jimmy the Jinty is one of only ten "jinty's" that have survived into preservation from the 422 that were originally built between 1924 and 1930. Jimmy the Jinty is a perfect venue for children's activities and parties as he has a song and several books have been written about his exciting adventures.

 



 

East Lancashire Railway Shop

All proceeds from sales at the East Lancashire Railway shop goes towards maintaining the railway for passengers to enjoy. The shop stocks a huge range of model railway items from well-known makers such as Hornby and Bachmann, traditional hand-made sweets, biscuits and preserves.

 



 

Train Information and Companies

The East Lancs Railway is constantly seeking to improve and enhance the service they provide to passengers. As well as their exciting programme of events and activities, The East Lancs Railway are restoring Bury Transport Museum and a 42765 Hughes-Fowler "Crab", both of which are expected to be completed in 2010.

Operating every weekend throughout the year and mid-week during May to September, The East Lancs Railway is one of Bury's most affordable and enjoyable tourist attractions, with over 120,00 visitors annually.

Trains have buffet facilities on board, all stations have wheelchair access and there are discounts for groups using rail transport services on the ELR.

For rail transport and services, trains, restaurants, tourist attractions, train information and companies and children's activities and parties, The East Lancashire is Bury's first choice.

 


 


Contact Details


Bolton Street Station,
Bury,
BL9 0EY

 

0161 764 7790 (10am-4pm)


0161 763 4457 Talking Timetable

 

 

To email The East Lancashire Railway or to visit the website please use the links at the top of this page.


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In February 2014, said about The East Lancashire Railway

They offer so much pleasure to so many people. Lots of volunteers support and help out.

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In March 2012, said about The East Lancashire Railway

We love the east Lancs Railway! As a family with two young children it is often difficult at weekends to come up with new ways of keeping them entertained so it's great to have this gem right on our doorstep. There is nothing that they enjoy more than a trip on the train over to Rawtenstall and back, pointing out landmarks and the animals in the fields. They love it. My son Jamie is also a big Thomas the Tank Engine fan and he constantly asks me when he can go back and see him again after the last time he came to town. We visit about once every couple of months and the children never tire of their trip out. I'd heartily recommend it to anyone with young children or even the kids amongst you.

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In February 2012, said about The East Lancashire Railway

Its a fun day out and interesting to watch all the trains. Its also a real economy booster for Ramsbottom.

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In February 2012, said about The East Lancashire Railway

This was a Fun day out with the Grandchildren did the whole length and return kids loved it Steam trains took me back to when I was a kid

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In February 2012, said about The East Lancashire Railway

This was a Fun day out with the Grandchildren did the whole length and return kids loved it Steam trains took me back to when I was a kid

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In February 2011, said about The East Lancashire Railway

What a fantastic experience on baord a real steam train with the East Lancs Railway. I remember as a small boy watching the staen trains for real, and now you can to ride on one for real. Fab!

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In February 2011, said about The East Lancashire Railway

The team at the East Lancs railway are dedicated and professional in their approach to managing and operating such a complex business. Their service to the general public is renowned nationally with people coming from miles around. We often use them as a landmark when directing people into Bury as everyone knows where they are

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In December 2009, said about The East Lancashire Railway

One of Bury's finest tourist attractions! This weekend will be my 3rd time on the Santa Train and for anyone with small children I cannot recommend it highly enough. My son who is 4 has been asking about the Santa Train for at least a month now. I make it a social event, meet up with a friend who has children of similar ages to mine and we treat it as our Xmas get together. Its magical for the children but good fun for the grown up's too, with the mince pie and sherry as well recieved as is the toys given to the kids by Santa himself. Absolute Christmas Magic that Children will never forget. My seat will be booked for the next 10 years at least!

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In December 2009, said about The East Lancashire Railway

We went on the Santa train last year with our children and friends and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. For the boys it was magical with Santa travelling through the carriages and handing out presents followed by the elves and music along the way. There was even a sherry for the adults - a lovely start to Christmas!

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Purrfect Launch for East Lancashire Railway’s Kids’ Club

Purrfect Launch for East Lancashire Railway’s Kids’ Club

  • 31st March 2014
  • Author: Kathryn B
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Last weekend saw the launch of the East Lancashire Railway’s Kids’ Club, which was well received by passengers, with children travelling free throughout the weekend and having plenty of opportunities to meet the new mascot....

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Shopper Specials on the East Lancs Railway

Shopper Specials on the East Lancs Railway

  • 26th November 2013
  • Author: Kathryn B
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Shop between towns without the parking issues this Christmas on the Shopper Specials brought to you by The East Lancashire Railway....

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Halloween Ghost Train at East Lancashire Railway!

Halloween Ghost Train at East Lancashire Railway!

  • 5th July 2012
  • Author: Debi F
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East Lancashire Railway steams ahead with the early release of Halloween Ghost Train services following a record-breaking event in 2011!...

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ELR is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with biggest 1940s Weekend to date

ELR is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with biggest 1940s Weekend to date

  • 29th May 2012
  • Author: Debi F
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The East Lancashire Railway is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with its biggest and most ambitious 1940s Wartime Weekend to date!...

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