30th anniversary of the re-opening of the East Lancashire Railway

Today is the 30th anniversary of the re-opening of the East Lancashire Railway.

The railway is open every weekend of the year and holds a number of themed events throughout the year including a ‘Day out with Thomas’ and the famous ‘1940’s weekend’.

The railway is run by volunteers from the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (ELRPS) and we would like to take the opportunity of thanking all those involved – the ELR Board, Trustees, Volunteers and everyone that uses it – as it has had a very positive effect on Ramsbottom over those years and helped regenerate our wonderful town.

The initial service operated between Bury and Ramsbottom, via Summerseat.  It was not until 1991 that the service was  extended northwards from Ramsbottom to reach Irwell Vale and Rawtenstall.

Former Ewood Bridge & Edenfield station and the former Junction station of Stubbins have never been re-opened.

In September 2003, an extension from Bury to Heywood was re-opened and the railway line is now over 12 miles long.  In 2016, the new Burrs Country Park station was opened.

The railway has also been featured in many TV shows including BBC One’s ‘Life on Mars’, ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’, and in the 2017 movie, ‘A Monster Calls’ and helped Ramsbottom become the tourist destination that it now is.

Here is a link to their website: http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/

There has long been a call for the ELR to be converted into a commuter railway with a direction connection to the Metrolink and also national rail services.  Let us know your views on this: