Cardwells, Estate Agents Bury – The East Lancashire Railway


The East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway located in the town of Bury in Greater Manchester and in the opinion of all of us at Cardwells, Estate Agents Bury, it is without doubt the “Jewel in the Crown” of visitor attractions in Bury. The railway operates on a 12.5 mile stretch of track that runs between Bury and Rawtenstall, passing through several small towns and villages along the way. The railway was originally opened in 1846 as part of the Manchester and Leeds Railway, but it was closed to passenger traffic in 1972. The line was later reopened as a heritage railway in 1987, and it has since become a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

The ELR is known for its vintage steam and diesel locomotives, which are regularly used to pull the railway’s passenger carriages. The railway has an impressive collection of locomotives and rolling stock, many of which have been lovingly restored by a team of dedicated volunteers. One of the most popular locomotives on the railway is the Flying Scotsman, which occasionally makes appearances on special event days.

In addition to its regular passenger services, the ELR also hosts a number of special events throughout the year. These include themed dining experiences, such as the popular “Murder Mystery” and “Real Ale” trains, as well as family-friendly events like the “Easter Eggspress” and “Santa Specials”.

Those of us at Cardwells, Letting Agents Bury, with children or Grand Children, can definitely vouch for the Santa Special if you want to wow the kids. The railway also hosts a number of vintage vehicle rallies and steam galas throughout the year, which attract visitors from all over the country.

The ELR is more than just a railway, however. It is also home to a number of historic stations and buildings, which have been restored to their former glory. The station at Bury is particularly impressive, with its ornate canopy and Victorian-era architecture. Visitors can also explore the museum at Bury Bolton Street Station, which is home to a fascinating collection of railway memorabilia and artefacts.

Overall, the East Lancashire Railway is a wonderful attraction for anyone interested in railways, history, or simply looking for a fun day out. With its impressive locomotives, beautiful scenery, and charming stations, it is no wonder that the railway has become such a beloved part of the local community.

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