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 30th November to Tuesday 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/or Train Manager. Special Event Tickets are required to travel in Santa Coaches.

* PLEASE NOTE: DMU Shuttle services only call at Burrs Country Park in daylight hours, approximately 10.00 through until 15.10 (Operating times vary 19th, 20th and 24th December.

School Santa and Carol Service Specials are shown for information only, general travel is not available on these trains
.

The mainline loco pool includes 33109, 45108, D1501, 47765 and 50015. DMU Shuttle pool will include the Class 104, Class 110 and Class 122 DMUs.
(Thursday 5th December) (D1501) (Schools Special Only) Was 33109
Saturday 7th and
Sunday 8th December
D1501
45108
104+122
Diagram 1 (09.35 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.25 - 16.44)
DMU Shuttles (08.55 - 17.58)* (Was 110 DMU)
(Sunday 8th December PM) (D1501) (Carol Service Special Only)
(Wednesday 11th December) (D1501) (Schools Special Only)
(Thursday 12th December) (D1501) (Schools Special Only)
Saturday 14th December
and Sunday 15th December
D1501
45108
104+122
Diagram 1 (09.35 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.25 - 16.44)
DMU Shuttles (08.55 - 17.58)*
(Wednesday 18th December) (D1501) (Schools Special Only)
Thursday 19th December 50015
47765
110 DMU
Diagram 1 (11.15 - 19.09)
Diagram 2 (12.05 - 18.24)
DMU Shuttles (10.35 - 19.38)*
Friday 20th December 50015
47765
110 DMU
Diagram 1 (11.15 - 19.09)
Diagram 2 (12.05 - 18.24)
DMU Shuttles (10.35 - 19.38)*
Saturday 21st and
Sunday 22nd December
50015
47765
110 DMU
Diagram 1 (09.35 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.25 - 16.44)
DMU Shuttles (08.55 - 17.58)*
Monday 23rd December 50015
47765
104+122
Diagram 1 (09.35 - 17.29)
Diagram 2 (10.25 - 16.44)
DMU Shuttles (08.55 - 17.58)*
Tuesday 24th December 50015
33109
104+122
Diagram 1 (09.35 - 14.14)
Diagram 2 (10.25 - 15.04)
DMU Shuttles (08.55 - 15.33)
Thursday 26th December 105 DMU Special Timetable Mince Pie Specials
Friday 27th December 105 DMU Special Timetable
Saturday 28th December 105 DMU Special Timetable
Sunday 29th December 105 DMU Special 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.

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 30th November to Tuesday 24th December
Mince Pie Specials Thursday 26th December


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