15/07/2018
The ELR steam ban has now been relaxed. A good amount of rain and spark arrester trials mean steam traction has returned for the time being.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Summer Diesel Gala. We had a great three days and we hope you did too, we managed to co-exist with a certain football match too! We're very grateful to the visiting loco owners and crews along with the ELR volunteers and staff who made it all possible, especially given the soaring temperatures. Cheers all!

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Dates Loco(s)
Saturday 21st July 40106 D9537
Sunday 22nd July 37109
(Monday 23rd July) (37109)
Wednesday 25th July Class 104
Thursday 26th July Class 104
Friday 27th July 40012
Saturday 28th July 40012
Sunday 29th July D7629
Wednesday 1st August Class 105

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.

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2018 diesel event dates
Saturday 22nd and
Sunday 23rd September
Autumn Diesel Gala
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November DMU Railcar Weekend

The regular season also features diesel haulage on most Saturdays and 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
Days Out with Thomas Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August
Sci-Fi Weekend Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August
Scotsman in Steam Friday 24th to Monday 27th August
Scotsman in Steam Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th September
ELR Beer Festival plus Scotsman on Show (Sun 9th) Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September
Vintage Vehicle Gathering plus Scotsman on Show Sunday 9th September
Autumn Diesel Gala Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September
Days Out with Thomas Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October
Hallowe'en Specials Thursday 25th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st October
DMU Gala Weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November
Lancashire Weekend Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November


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