The East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway, Bury: Hours, Address, The East Lancashire Railway Reviews: 4.5/5

The East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway
4.5
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in Bury, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, is the award-winning East Lancashire Railway. A heritage railway that runs steam and diesel train services through the beautiful Pennine Lancashire scenery. There are plenty of things to see and do and stations are well equipped for group visits with cafes, pubs, gift shops and a dedicated Transport Museum, housing vintage vehicles, transport memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Guided tours and talks are also available. The railway also has some fantastic events scheduled throughout the year from guided Rail Ale Trail tours of some of the excellent local drinking spots to the nostalgia of their award winning 1940's weekend. Looking for something a little different? Why not indulge in a luxury steam train hauled dining experience on board Orient Express style carriages, learn to drive a train or get snap happy with a Photography Course?
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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bda061
Bolton, UK124 contributions
Spanish night
Oct 2021
My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary on the ELR Spanish night the journey and the meal made for a perfect evening made even more memorable by mr Andy McNamara giving us a card from himself and the company .we have tried other more expensive railways but always come back to our local line run by enthusiastic volunteers and excellent dining staff.
Written 15 October 2021
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Susan H
1 contribution
Fun and Enjoyable!!
Oct 2021 • Friends
Very enjoyable experience!! The steam train made an incredibly impressive entrance!! Lovely friendly staff, great gift job and cafe. Will definitely go again.
Written 14 October 2021
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Jane Lord
1 contribution
A real red carpet experience
Oct 2021 • Couples
A real red carpet experience with super service and food and excellent staff. Nothing was too much trouble and the crisp white tablecloths and napkins, ‘silver service’ and beautiful furnishings made the day a special treat. Thank you to all!
Written 12 October 2021
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Di1di
Lancashire, UK92 contributions
Wow, what a surprise!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had heard about the railway for several years but have never been . However, I baught a dining experience to celebrate my husband's birthday. What a surprise! The Pullman first class dining coaches were magnificent and very plush. The seats were luxurious as were the curtains and fittings. Our meal was terrific and much enhanced by the fabulous carriages. We'll certainly go again.
Written 10 October 2021
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Alan R
Castleford, UK141 contributions
Great place to spend a few of hours.
Oct 2021
very good value £13 for a full line return journey, trains are in tip top condition and stations well kept. The journey is not too inspiring but there are stations along side the route in small mill towns. There were plenty of services today to enable a town hopping trip and fill in the best part of a day. All the volunteers are very friendly and make you feel welcome.
Written 9 October 2021
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barticus67
Southampton, UK122 contributions
Flying Scotsman Tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited whilst the Flying Scotsman was running on the line. The experience was very well organised and fulfilled one of our bucket list items to be pulled by the famous engine. Bury is easy to navigate and there are several parking options near the station. It feels like you have travelled back in time when you enter the station. A lovely experience of how things used to be. Also near to the Bury Transport Museum, so worth doing both at the same time.
Written 6 October 2021
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Fifik27
Lancashire, UK179 contributions
Railway ride home 🚂
Oct 2021 • Couples
I’ve been on the ELR many times, it’s simply amazing. When it comes to trains there’s nothing better than a Steam Train.

Fabulous ride home after a lovely walk from
Rawtenstall to Ramsbottom.

The Station Master at Ramsbottom was so nice, service with a smile 😊. We were even given a brew whilst waiting for the train to arrive.

The Ticket Man was really nice too, he took the time to ask us about our day and gave us suggestions for walks by the train line.
Written 3 October 2021
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GRAHAM C
Dunton Green, UK733 contributions
No Flying Scotsman but it didn't matter.
Sep 2021
It is a great honour if The Flying Scotsman deems to visit any heritage railway, unfortunately we were a few days too early here BUT this did not matter as we had a great visit with no mass crowds. Took the Metro tram from Manchester to Bury, then the DMU from Bury Bolton Street to Heywood, had a coffee and ice cream on the station, filmed the steam driven train arriving ( brilliant ) took her all the way to Rawtenstall ( many great views and photo opportunities en route ), more filming as this is a picturesque little gem of a station and then back to Bury Bolton Street and the Metro. This Heritage Railway is superbly run by its enthusiastic volunteers and deserves to be equally well patronised by visitors. We passed the dining car on the way back from Rawtenstall......its passengers seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their lunch. Enjoy.
Written 2 October 2021
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MichaelAlbert
17 contributions
Diesel Gala Returns
Sep 2021 • Solo
With all events suspended after the pandemic. It was lovely to see life retuning to normal. And so on this Friday in September which was a beautiful autumn day. I took a trip there.

Although there was no legal social distancing, plenty of space was allowed in order for a kind of distancing to be maintained. Toilets had much improved in cleanliness since my last visit two years ago.

Each train was hauled by 1960s diesel engines instead of the usual steam, and was very good value. There were plenty of stewards to ask any queries. The whole ambience felt like a typical northern station atmosphere of the 1960s.
Written 23 September 2021
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Haze
Ripon, UK9 contributions
Sunday Lunch in September
Sep 2021 • Couples
Arrival at the station platform and experiencing the hustle and bustle prior to the trip and the lively atmosphere was the start to a lovely lunch and trip.
The welcome from the meeter and greeter was warm and the friendly service and attention from all staff continued from there .
The meal was served efficiently with attention and emphasis on the personal touch .
We have eaten better Sunday lunches, especially in terms of Yorkshire puddings but not on a train, and the dessert of lime and gin cheesecake was delightful .
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and the icing on the cake was the book shop where my husband found three treasures to bring home and read .
Written 21 September 2021
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