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“Thomas the tank - children loved it!”

The East Lancashire Railway
Ranked #1 of 2 Transportation in Bury
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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?
Reviewed May 6, 2013

I took my 3 children aged 7,4 and 2 to see Thomas on the east lancs railway, arriving at ramsbottom to meet some friends who had arrived earlier in bury. At first I thought there was nothing going on but a couple of blokes with Thomas waistcoats on but there was face painting and a guy dressed as a clown with a talking toucan who the children loved. The staff were very helpful as well. Once the train from bury had arrived they did a troublesome trucks show which looked good but we were a little too far back to see or hear. The steam coming from the engines really scared some younger children as well. Once back at bury there was a magic show but it was too busy to get beyond the door. There was a small tent with two ladies giving a choice of train tattoos and Thomas himself with various carriages taking people for a ride. There was a big queue so we sat on the platform at a picnic table and waved at thomas instead which the children seemed happy with. The buffet bar was really well priced and the sandwiches were lovely. A children's picnic bag was £2.99 and had plenty in.
A good day out but expect people and queues!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

A wonderful day out with our 2 and a half year old son who loves everything about Thomas. All staff are a credit to the railway who couldn't do enough for you. Kids under 3 go free. Glorious sunshine helped make this a memorable day for us all.

2  Thank GlasgowWonderingStar
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Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

What I liked most about this place was that all the staff were passionate about what they did, made such a lively change to go to such a family friendly place and not hear people moaning about their job ! We went to the 'Day out with Thomas' and even the 13yr old enjoyed it ! Sticker, goodie bag, 2 steam train rides (one of them Thomas of course), see the troublesome trucks, have a story, watch a DVD, colouring, play with trains, face painting, magic show, circus workshop, punch & Judy and entrance into the transport museum.. Fantastic day out come rain or shine !

3  Thank SarcySarah
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Run by volunteers who put their all into such a great attraction , with events galore and every weekend come hail or shine delivering a family friendly service

3  Thank Rufusdoug
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We planned our trip so that we would go on a diesel train one way and a steam train back. Both were just so lovely. The old fashioned tickets, stations, train carriages all added to our enjoyment. We are already planning our next trip – we shall have either a lunch or afternoon tea on the train as the dining carriage which we saw standing in on of the stations looked very nice. Who needs the Orient Express when we have the ELR!

2  Thank Magda O
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