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East Lancashire Railway

Type:Steam Railway

Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, GREATER MANCHESTER, BL9 0EY

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East Lancashire Railway train travelling over countryside bridge

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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 on the 'East Lancs Railway'!

East Lancashire Railway Timetable

Head here for the East Lancashire Railway timetable for 2019.


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.


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.

Steam Train Manchester

The East Lancashire Railway is just 30 minutes by tram from Manchester city centre so is a great option for adults and children alike to experience steam trains.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Freedom Of The Line - Adult£16.00 per ticket
Freedom Of The Line - Child (aged 5 - 17)£10.00 per ticket
Freedom of the Line – Concession£14.50 per ticket
Freedom Of The Line - Family (2 adults/3 children)£42.00 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).
Under 5s: Free (Except Special Events).



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Loop system in station
  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bury Bolton Street Station is the hub of the East Lancashire Railway and is sited in the centre of Bury, just north of Manchester City Centre. Bury is conveniently located near major road links (M60, M62 and M66) and can be accessed from Junction 2 of the M66.

Public Transport Directions

Bury Interchange provides both tram and bus services throughout Greater Manchester, with the City Centre just a 30 minute journey via a regular direct tram service. Bury Bolton Street Station is located just a short 5 minute walk from Bury Interchange.


  • All Aboard for the 1940s Weekend

Opening times

Opening dates and times for 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* The railway operates at weekends and Bank holidays all year round and also Mid-week during most holiday periods. Please check the East Lancashire Railway website for the latest timetables.

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