25/06/2017
Less than two weeks until the Summer Diesel Gala! Visiting traction includes Class 56, 56006, Colas Rail Class 60 (Running Saturday Only), Class 25, D7629 plus Class 47s, D1842 (47192) and 47712

The event takes place Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of July. See the ELR Website for bookings and further information.

Drive a diesel from the ELR Fleet in 2017, see the ELR Driver Experience pages for dates and details ...

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Dates Loco(s)
Saturday 1st July 45108
Sunday 2nd July 37109
Friday 7th, Saturday 8th
and Sunday 9th July
Summer Diesel Gala
(Friday 14th July) (37109)
Saturday 15th July 37109
Sunday 16th July D9537
Saturday 22nd July 33109
Sunday 23rd July D7076

See the Roster Page for more
including timetable links

Drive one of our ex-British Railways mainline locos from the ELR fleet. Freight and passenger courses are available.

Have a go yourself or buy as a special Birthday gift .. more details »


2017 Season diesel event dates
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July Summer Diesel Gala
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September Autumn Diesel Gala
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November Railcar Association DMU Gala

The regular season also features diesel haulage on most Saturdays and some Sundays - check the loco roster page for more information.

As well as the Diesel related events, there are always loads of things going on at the ELR. The Railway operates Diner and Cream Tea Services through the year plus the Rail Ale Trail.

Event Dates
Summer Diesel Gala Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 27th July
The Pirate Express Thursday 3rd August
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
School of Wizardry Thursday 10th August
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 17th August
The Pirate Express Thursday 24th August
Family Fun Days Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August
School of Wizardry Thursday 31st August
ELR Beer and Cider Festival Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
Vintage Transport Gathering Sunday 10th September
Autumn Diesel Gala Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October
Autumn Steam Gala Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October
School of Wizardry Thursday 26th October
Hallowe'en Ghost Trains Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October
Railcar Association
DMU Gala and Convention
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November
Lancashire Weekend Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November


Click on the ELR Totem for full details on these and other events
or follow the East Lancashire Railway on Facebook and Twitter!