East Lancashire Steam Railway

East Lancashire Steam Railway

Introduction

East Lancashire Steam Railway takes you from Rawtenstall to Heywood along the scenic Irwell Valley on the edge of the Pennine Moors, passing over viaducts and through tunnels.

A trip on the East Lancashire Railway is a journey back in time. It was opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to Bolton line with Radcliffe and was a popular passenger and freight route which served the Irwell Valley from Bury, via Ramsbottom, to Rawtenstall and beyond. The line closed in 1972, but was restored and reopened to passengers in 1991 with the traditional station buildings and developments along the tracks contributing to this award winning family experience.

There are also special events throughout the year, including the annual Santa Specials.
For details on events and timetables visit East Lancashire Steam Railway

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015