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Pennine Bridleway

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The Pennine Bridleway is the country's first National Trail for horse riders, mountain bikers, and walkers, and it passes through the rugged Pennine...

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East Lancashire Railway

Steam Railway

Bolton Street Station
Bolton Street
Bury
GREATER MANCHESTER
BL9 0EY

Tel: 0333 320 2830

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East Lancashire Railway

Make the trip from Grandparent to Grandchild on a journey that spans generations on this heritage railway.

With a storied history stretching back to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the East Lancashire Railway is the steam powered heart of the Irwell Valley, pumping goods and people around the region for nearly 200 years!

The line runs for 12 miles through scenic Lancastrian Landscapes, from beautiful rural panoramas and postcard pretty villages to bustling Victorian towns and cotton mill dotted horizons. Each station offers something unique, from historical Heywood to relaxing Rawtenstall, scenic Summerseat and bustling Bury.

Local attractions include real ale bars, quaint tea rooms, quirky boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafés and more!

Take a walk on the “mild side” on a professionally guided Rail Ale Trail or experience the enchantment of fine dining aboard a heritage steam train. The railway also hosts an annual programme of events to suit any age and interest. Put on your dancing shoes and sashay along to the popular 1940s Weekend or make magical memories on board the award-winning Santa Specials.

Every stop is a start!

East Lancashire Railway Timetable

Download the East Lancashire Railway timetable for 2018.

Events

East Lancashire Railway hold many events throughout the year from the magical Harry Potter and Hogwarts themed Wizard Academy to the really useful Day Out With Thomas. Scroll down to see all the events at East Lancashire Railway this year.

Experiences

East Lancashire Railway offer a host of experiences such as luxury dining, rail ale tours and the chance to drive a train.  Find out more.

Opening Times

Opening dates and times for 2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Freedom Of The Line - Adult£15.50 per ticket
Freedom Of The Line - Child (aged 5 - 17)£9.50 per ticket
Freedom Of The Line - Family (2 adults/3 children)£39.50 per ticket
Freedom Of The Line - Under 5sFree

Freedom Of The Line tickets include unlimited travel all day and FREE entry to Bury Transport Museum (excludes special events).

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