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.

PDF working timetables available including arrival and departure times along with headcodes, simply click on 'Blue Timetable', 'Yellow Timetable' etc to view or save.

Date Loco(s) Notes
Santa Special Information
Saturday 26th November to Saturday 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-Heywood DMU Shuttles will be formed of the Class 117 including Class 110 centre car and Class 122 Bubblecar as required. Midweek Christmas Shopper Specials also operate during December as shown below.

All traction may be subject to change. The mainline loco pool includes 31466, 45108 and 50015. Standby traction will be rostered as required.
Wednesday 7th December W55001 Christmas Shopper Special
Friday 9th December W55001 Christmas Shopper Special
Saturday 10th and
Sunday 11th December
50015
45108
117 DMU
Santa Set 1 (09.30 five trips)
Santa Set 2 (10.20 four trips)
Santa Specials full timetable here
Wednesday 14th December W55001 Christmas Shopper Special
Friday 16th December W55001 Christmas Shopper Special
Saturday 17th and
Sunday 18th December
50015
45108
117 DMU
Santa Set 1 (09.30 five trips)
Santa Set 2 (10.20 four trips)
Santa Specials full timetable here
Wednesday 21st,
Thursday 22nd and
Friday 23rd December
50015
45108
117 DMU
Santa Set 1 (09.30 five trips)
Santa Set 2 (10.20 four trips)
Santa Specials full timetable here
Saturday 24th December 50015
45108
117 DMU
Santa Set 1 (09.30 three trips)
Santa Set 2 (10.20 three trips)
Santa Specials full timetable here
Monday 26th December W55001 Special Timetable Mince Pie Specials
Tuesday 27th December W55001 Special Timetable
Saturday 31st December 117 DMU Special Timetable
Sunday 1st January 2017 117 DMU Special Timetable Whiskey Chaser
( 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.

Event dates for the 2017 season will be available soon

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
Santa Specials Saturday 26th November to Saturday 24th December
Christmas Shopper Specials Weds 7th, Fri 9th, Weds 14th and Fri 16th December


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