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The 2016 Season was a little different, with Flying Scotsman taking centre stage in January and again in October too!

We had some great events including the Summer Diesel Gala and the Autumn Diesel Event in September was a belter with D213 joining the Bury based Class 40s. Thanks for your support!

ELR residents 33109, 40106 and 40135 all went to the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway in July, thanks to our friends at the SRPS Diesel Group for the invitation and hospitality as always!

Class 14, D9537 'Eric', is still away on holiday having travelling down to the Spa Valley Railway to appear at their Summer Diesel Gala in August and is staying on at the Spa Valley Railway for a little while, returning home in March 2017.

The ELR Event Calendar is available further down the page or online at www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk. The Loco Roster for 2017 is also now online.

2017 Season diesel event dates
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June Small Engines Weekend
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July Summer Diesel Gala
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September Autumn Diesel Gala
Saturday 4th November DMU Theme Day

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

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A list of general ELR Events is shown further down the page


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Please note: All advertised workings are subject to availability. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the rostered locomotives or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to make alterations without prior notice.

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
Sci-Fi on The Sidings Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 13th April
Classic Bike Rally Sunday 16th April
Alice in Wonderland Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May
Alice in Wonderland Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May
1940's Weekend Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May
Small Engines Weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
Race the Train Sunday 25th June
Summer Diesel Gala Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July
Raise The Roof 6 Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 27th July
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
Princess Adventure Fun Day Thursday 17th August
Jungle Book Fun Days Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August
Family Fun Days Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August
ELR Beer and Cider Festival Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
Vintage Transport Gathering Sunday 17th 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
Hallowe'en Ghost Trains Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October
DMU Theme Day Saturday 4th November


Click on the ELR Totem for full details on these and other events
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