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The East Lancashire Railway

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Address: Bolton Street Station, Bury, England
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Located in Bury, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, is the...

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 cafés, 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?

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Lunch on 22nd February

We had lunch on the train ate at 1pm. We had Steak and Mushroom pie with vegetables then Banoffee pie and cream also coffee and a mint. It was an excellent meal and the service... read more

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Whitworth, United Kingdom
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Whitworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had lunch on the train ate at 1pm. We had Steak and Mushroom pie with vegetables then Banoffee pie and cream also coffee and a mint. It was an excellent meal and the service was superb quick and professional. They don't have a lot of room but they were excellent. This is the first time we have dined on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had s great day out all trains ran fab staff on board loads of diesels from the my childhood great to skid ride in soft comfy seats and compartment coaching stock

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Thank Martyn J
Hinckley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place and thoroughly enjoyable day out. First time I have been to the place and like most preserved railways it has great characters. Well worth a visit and the countryside is very Last of the Summer Wine.

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Thank keith47424
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have had our work Xmas do on the ELR For the past 2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed both times. Great food. Great atmosphere. Beautifully decorated. Can seem a bit steep compared to other Christmas do prices but it is worth every penny!! We loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A well organised, well maintained attraction that will interest all the family that is very visitor friendly

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Belper, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 5 sisters and myself wanted a day out so we booked outselves on a Sills bus trip to Lancashires Railway. Arriving in bury we had an hour to spare so off to the pub for a drink and snack. We then returned to the station just a few minutes walk away for our train journey. A lovely steam engined... More 

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fine place to go back in time and travel in the Steam era. Check out your timings on the web so you get a steam ride and take an extra half hour to go and look over the Bury Transport Museum,just down the road and free to enter. All the staff want you to have a fabulous day... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the east Lancashire railway for the Lancastrian lunch special. The staff onboard the train were wonderful absolutely no faults at all they were so helpful and friendly. The train itself was lovely and very comfortable and surprising lots of space. The journey scenery wise was quite plain. Not being from the area we didn't know quite what to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Three hours entertainment, the kids loved it. We were lucky enough to get a Harry Potter style carriage and took our own picnic. It was lovely to watch the countryside passing us by and hearing the train whistling. A really enjoyable, historical afternoon. We'll definitely be going again. The volunteers who run the service are superb and very knowledgeable. 5*s!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening. The staff were brilliant and the food was excellent. We can recommend this as an alternative eating experience.

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