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Line and Gradient details
Essentially the ELR gradient is uphill in either direction out of Bury Bolton Street.

Summerseat Section
In the DOWN direction, the line rises gently all the way from Bury to Ramsbottom. This section is track circuited throughout with movements into section controlled using direction levers and communication between Bury South and Ramsbottom signal boxes. The ELR's newest station at Burrs Country Park Station provides direct access to the Caravan Park and local leisure facilities.

Irwell Vale Section
In the DOWN direction, the line continues to rise gently all the way from Ramsbottom to Rawtenstall, the Northerly terminus of the line. This section is controlled by train staff or token, collected as the train departs and passes Ramsbottom Signal Box.

Broadfield Section
The most challenging part of the ELR! This section is controlled by train staff or token, collected as the train passes Bury South Box. Outside Bury the line rises and falls steeply (1/36 and 1/41) to cross the Manchester Metrolink then, after a brief respite, Broadfield Bank begins with a little over 1.5 miles at 1/85, softening to 1/254 before reaching Heywood.


A PDF of the route including gradients and mileages is available for download. Click the image to view or save.
ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Legends of Steam Event Friday 15th, Saturday 16th
and Sunday 17th March
Western Region Weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th
and Monday 6th May
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.
ELR Location Maps

All services originate and end back at Bury Bolton Street. Please check relevant timetable details to avoid becoming stranded at other stations. Please note Heywood Station car park is often locked before the last train departs for Bury.

Bury Bolton Street (BL9 0EY)

Heywood (OL10 1NH)

Burrs Country Park (BL8 1DA)

Summerseat (BL9 5NQ)

Ramsbottom (BL0 9AB)

Irwell Vale (BL0 0QF)

Rawtenstall (BB4 6AG)

Irwell Vale Please note, no vehicular access via Hardsough Lane

Parking is available at or near most stations, next to the station in Bury is Pay and Display. The details shown are for information only, no liability is accepted for parking charges or damage to/theft of vehicles or contents.

ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Legends of Steam Event Friday 15th, Saturday 16th
and Sunday 17th March
Western Region Weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th
and Monday 6th May
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.
ELR Contacts

Telephone: 0333 320 2830
Address: East Lancashire Railway
Bolton Street Station
Bolton Street
Bury, BL9 0EY

www.elrps.co.uk
www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
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