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The East Lancashire Railway

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the best railway in the UK for varity. well organised and great bar on the station with a massive... read more

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Real Ale trail, great fun

We went on this as we'd been bought the tickets as a gift and had a great day despite the slightly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bury, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Bolton Street Station Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY, England
+44 333 320 2830
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Reviewed today via mobile

15 of us all pensioners visited the railway and quite honestly it was a real disappointment. We arrived to find a load of steep steps not suitable for people with mobility issues. Then got on the train to find our cream tea was a piece...More

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Reviewed today

the best railway in the UK for varity. well organised and great bar on the station with a massive range of beers and ciders

Thank sumpy1022
Reviewed 3 days ago

Today the 21 September 2018 I went on a trip that I was looking forward too tea on a Steam Train from Bury oh what a big disappointment this was. Your website shows a nicely set out cake plate with fresh scones, dainty cakes, clotted...More

Thank Doreen T
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went on this as we'd been bought the tickets as a gift and had a great day despite the slightly miserable weather. First on boarding all the group of people attending this managed to sit together which made it a lot easier for the...More

Thank prefdavid
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very disappointed. Yes I realise it is post summer holidays and mid week but other than ONE steam that runs to the green timetable, no other loco , steam or diesel were anywhere to be seen, & tho the website shows lots on site in...More

Thank tone1947
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just love the smell, sound and engineering being preserved here. They have regular events throughout the year Ghost trains, Christmas, Thomas and friend and WW2 days. Have had some great music events linked to the Trackside pub. Always a great day out. should have more...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been bought a 'Steam Train Experience' and the nearest was East Lancs. After doing our research we chose to begin our experience at Haywood as it was nearest to us and free parking. We chose to travel on the steam train which departed...More

Thank GrannyJannyC
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting short trip back in time on an old steam train from Bury through to Rawtenstall via a few stations. You can alight at any of the stations to explore then jump on the next available train. Staff at all stations are very friendly...More

Thank lorganz
MartinM8364, Manager at The East Lancashire Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi lorganz Thanks for taking the time to post a review, we are really happy to read you had a great vist, we hope to welcome you back in the future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a really enjoyable visit to the East Lancs Railway last weekend and have to say we feel lucky that people put so much time and effort into retaining this amazing piece of history for everyone. We took a ‘Rail Ale Trail’ on the...More

Thank Coulby_69
AnnaD9310, Passenger Services Manager at The East Lancashire Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Coulby_69, Thanks for your lovely 5 star review of your trip last weekend. I'm glad to read your enjoyed our little bit of preserved history and I hope we will see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The East Lancashire Railway staff and volunteers helped make my son's wish come true this weekend. Every individual who was part of his experience went out of their way to make it a once-in-a-lifetime event that he will always remember - thank you all so...More

1  Thank 505rebecca
AnnaD9310, Passenger Services Manager at The East Lancashire Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 505rebecca, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! I'll make sure to pass on your feedback to those involved and I hope we will see you both again soon.

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Garry H
2 August 2018|
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Response from MartinM8364 | Property representative |
Hi Gary , a Full line return ticket is called a Freedom of the Line ticket this allows you to hop on and hop off and all the stops. This is priced at £15.50 for Adults. Please check before you travel as prices change if... More
22 May 2018|
Response from bazonian2015 | Reviewed this property |
There is some access to Bury Bolton street from around the side of platform 3 where the pub is. As far as I am aware Ramsbottom is wheelchair accessible on 1 side, I think both Rawtenstall is accessible on both sides... More