If you are making a special journey to see or be hauled by a specific locomotive please check to avoid disappointment. This roster only relates to diesel workings. A list of ELR events is shown further down the page. See the ELR Website for the full running schedule.

Date Loco(s) Notes
Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October ----- Autumn Steam Gala
(Friday 26th October) (33109)(D1501) (Hallowe'en Specials
Event Tickets required for travel)
Saturday 27th October 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Blue Timetable
(33109)(D1501) (Hallowe'en Specials
Event Tickets required for travel)
Sunday 28th October 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Blue Timetable
(Wednesday 31st October) (33109)(D1501) (Hallowe'en Specials
Event Tickets required for travel)
Saturday 3rd and
Sunday 4th November
DMUs DMU Gala Weekend
Saturday 10th November 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Blue Timetable
Sunday 11th November 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Blue Timetable
Saturday 17th November 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Lancashire Weekend Blue Timetable
Sunday 18th November 104 DMU+ 105 DMU Lancashire Weekend Blue Timetable
(Monday 19th November) (37109) (Footplate Experience) Was D5054
Santa Special Information
Saturday 24th November to Monday 24th December
Santa Timetable PDF
----- Santa Specials are operated 'Top and Tail' between Bury and Rawtenstall. The Steam Loco is at the North (Rawtenstall) end of the train, Diesel Loco at the South (Bury) end. Limited standard seating is available at the North (Steam) end of the trains.

Travel in any other part of the train is at the discretion of the Guard and Train Manager. Special Event Tickets are required to travel in Santa Coaches.

Bury-Burrs-Heywood DMU Shuttles will be formed of the Class 104 and Class 122 DMUs.

The mainline loco pool includes 33109, D1501, 47765, 45108 and 50015. Standby traction will be rostered as required. All traction may be subject to change.
Saturday 24th and
Sunday 25th November
33109
45108
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Saturday 1st and
Sunday 2nd December
33109
45108
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
(Wednesday 5th December) (33109) (Schools Special)
(Friday 7th December) (33109) (Schools Special)
Saturday 8th and
Sunday 9th December
47765
45108
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
(Wednesday 12th December) (47765) (Schools Special)
(Friday 14th December) (47765) (Schools Special)
Saturday 15th and
Sunday 16th December
D1501
50015
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Friday 21st December 50015
D1501
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Saturday 22nd and
Sunday 23rd December
50015
D1501
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Monday 24th December 50015
D1501
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 14.09)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 14.59)
Saturday 29th December 104 DMU Blue Timetable
Sunday 30th December 104 DMU Blue Timetable
2019
Tuesday 1st January 104 DMU New Years Day Timetable
( TBC - to be confirmed )

Driver Experience and special trains
Shown in brackets and/or italic text. These trains are included for information only, it is not possible to travel on these unless you are a participant, invited guest or ticket holder for that service. See the ELR Website for more about booking a course yourself!

All advertised workings are subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure the rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate any service or use alternative motive power without prior notice.


Details of all services are available at the East Lancashire Railway Website
ELR Gradient Profile
The East Lancashire Railway has some substantial gradients, the PDF Gradient Profile document details these and mileage info. Click the image below to view or download.

Learn more about the ELR route and operations at the About The Line page.


ELRPS Membership includes discounted travel, well worth a look if you're a frequent visitor, especially for standard weekend running days. Click the logo above for details.
2018 diesel event dates
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
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
Santa Specials Saturday 24th November to Monday 24th December


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