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
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 117 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.
Friday 21st December 50015
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Saturday 22nd and
Sunday 23rd December
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 16.39)
Monday 24th December 50015
Diagram 1 (09.30 - 14.09)
Diagram 2 (10.20 - 14.59)
Wednesday 26th December 104 DMU Boxing Day Timetable Mince Pie Specials
Saturday 29th December 104 DMU Blue Timetable
Sunday 30th December 104 DMU Blue Timetable
Tuesday 1st January 104 DMU New Years Day Timetable Whisky 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.
2019 diesel event dates
Saturday 16th February Sulzer Theme Day
Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July Summer Diesel Gala
Saturday 21st September EE Theme Day
Saturday 9th November DMU Theme Day

The regular season also features diesel haulage on many 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
Santa Specials Saturday 24th November to Monday 24th December
Mince Pie Specials Wednesday 26th December
Whisky Chaser Tuesday 1st January
Sulzer Theme Day Saturday 16th February
Spring Steam Gala Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July
EE Theme Day Saturday 21st September
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October
DMU Theme Day Saturday 9th November

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