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“A great day out”

The East Lancashire Railway
Ranked #1 of 2 Transportation in Bury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 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?
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We visit the ELR at least once a year and are never disappointed. The staff are friendly and obliging, the station buffet at Bury is to be recommended and the trains are wonderful-and if the smell of steam could be bottled then someone would be onto a winner!

Thank Foggyphil
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I visited this railway on 12 October on a special UK Railtours charter for the first visit of an East Midlands Trains' HST running direct to, and on the ELR. If you fancy a bit of nostalgia going back to early days of British Railways in the 1950s, a visit to this railway will not disappoint you. A whiff of steam and vintage diesel, on my visit, provided a wonderful mixture, and together with lovely scenery from the carriage window and very friendly ELR staff, a perfect blend was created for an enjoyable time that was spent on this railway. Going to squeeze in a special thanks to East Midlands Trains for an excellent journey there and back from London St. Pancras and for the lovely food whilst travelling the first class.

1  Thank Nigel M
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Living fairly local to the East Lancs Railway I travel on it several times a year and always love the experience. The staff are mainly enthusiastic volunteers who really embrace their roles, they are friendly and helpful and really make the train journey special. Food and drinks can be bought on board, from the station buffet take your own, or venture into one of the many bars and cafés near the stations. A lovely relaxed day out for young and old alike.

1  Thank 404chris0706
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Had an enjoyable trip on this railway. Nice to see a steam train on a weekday service. The price is only £9.50 for a senior ticket and can be used on all trains on that day plus entry to the transport museum.

Thank TONY W
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I can fully recommend this attraction, booked it for a special celebration on the Red Rose Diner (4th Oct) and it was truly magical. Arrived at Bury station and was surprised to find how many people were waiting for this trip, the train was at the platform, the carriages were all prepared and looking resplendent and tables were laid for the meal, the engine was also being prepared with the fire stoked up and it all looked great. After a quick toot on the whistle we started off on time and we were soon ordering reasonably priced drinks from a good choice list and also eating our way into the first of 4 courses. The meal was really well cooked and a delight to eat, the pate was followed by soup and then a coq au vin main before the dessert was served followed by tea and coffee. All of this served with no fuss and a high level of professional service from all on-board. Being October the daylight had long gone before we rolled out of Bury station and perhaps that wasn't a bad thing as much of the track used runs through some urban and industrial/retail areas however it was magical and we had a couple of stops on the way out. The steam train was pulling us along slowly and smoothly with the ocasional shrill whistle going on, it really was a treat. The carriages are comfortable and the tables are well laid out and there's plenty of room to spread out if needed. Once we had stopped at our destination and turned around, the journey back was straight forward and quicker than the outbound one with no stops. All in all it took about 3 hours and throughout this I felt really special and enjoyed all the olde worlde trimmings of the carriage, shame it was spoiled a little by modern background music perhaps music of an older era would have been more appropriate and even better for me would have been a slip with info on the carriages and engine plus some info on the route taken. I can fully recommend this attraction, it's worth much more than the price paid in so many ways, it is a rare treat.

Thank CliveTheJive
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ELR-Dining-Manager, Manager at The East Lancashire Railway, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to review the East Lancashire Railway. Your comments are very valued and help us in constantly making improvements to the service we provide to you. I hope to welcome you back on board again soon :)

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