If you've travelled on the ELR you will have seen and enjoyed the work of the many volunteers who staff and maintain the locomotives and rolling stock. We're always interested to hear from people who want to get involved with the diesel group activities and fleet. Maybe you've thought 'that looks like great fun, I'd like to help out'? .. Read on it if that's you!

The ELRDG is made up of many different individuals of all ages, both men and women, some railwaymen by profession, others not .. but all with one common interest, heritage diesel traction.

Electrical or mechanical skills are a definate advantage but you don't need to have any special skills to join us, just an ability to get on with people and a commitment to the work. We have limited sleeper accomodation, so you don't necessarily need to live locally.

As you may know, Bury is home to two unique heritage diesel restoration projects, CoBo D5705 and BTH Type 1 D8233, see the Class 15 Preservation Society website for more.


Some group members are loco owners or part of owning groups, others help out with the fleet in general. As well as working with the diesel loco, diesel group members are often involved in other projects around the railway, some also being guards or signalmen as well.

We are a relatively small group and have 19 mainline locos, several railcars and a variety of shunting locos under our care and management. It's important that both the diesel department and you get something from helping out so please drop us a few lines telling us a bit more about yourself and what you are looking to get from being part of our group and what you can offer us. Initially you would need to attend on a Saturday.

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Basic Requirements and Members Tours

All working volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will need to join the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society for insurance purposes (details here).

There are many different departments at the East Lancashire Railway! If you're unsure what is available or which would suit you, why not join the ELRPS and take one of the guided members tours directed by our volunteer liason officers.

If you're short on time or just want to get your hands on one of our locomotives why not have a look at booking a Driver Experience course. See the ELR Website for more details.