East Lancashire Railway

In a nutshell

Voyage through the beautiful Irwell Valley on board a heritage steam or diesel train and discover everything the region has to offer. Great family events.


Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0EY

Contact details

Tel: 0333 320 2830

Activity type

Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Museums and Art Centres, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide

£44 Online

(2 adults + 3 children)

East Lancashire Railway details...

Nestled deep in the heart of the Irwell Valley, the East Lancashire Railway spans 12 miles of beautiful Lancastrian scenery.  The railway can trace its origins back to the Industrial Revolution when it was part of a network ferrying goods and people around the region.

Each station along the line offers something unique, from villages to bustling urban centres. Visitors can take a stroll around historic Heywood, relax in Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom, pay a visit to Burrs and busy Bury or soak up the scenery in Summerseat.

Visit Bury Transport Museum, where you can discover the rich history of transportation in the North-West.

The railway also a great programme of events to suit any age. Families can enjoy visits from characters like Thomas the Tank Engine, Peppa Pig, as well as popular seasonal events  Halloween Ghost Trains and the famous Santa Specials.


See website for opening times, prices may vary on special event days, check website in advance.


East Lancashire Railway Events

Bluey & Bingo Fun Day at East Lancashire Railway

Open 24th February 2024 - 24th February 2024

See Bluey and Bingo at East Lancashire Railway on Saturday 24th February with plenty of photo opps, face painting, zoo animals and more.

Dino Adventure at East Lancashire Railway

Open 23rd February 2024 - 28th August 2024

Grab a dino adventure at East Lancashire Railway featuring dino facts, dino themed activities and a baby dinosaur. See website for dates throughout 2024.

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