About the Spring Steam Gala
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, spring, when the flowers are first emerging from their long winter, the birds return to singing, and the East Lancashire railway fires up all of their steam engines for a weekend of classic steam train travel.
Spend the weekend riding the rails from any of the stops along the line. Visit each of the stops and enjoy the wonder of the Greater Manchester and Lancashire countryside. Ride to each of the seven stops and enjoy all that each stop has to offer.
This unique experience is perfect fun for all ages. Plan for the whole weekend, stay in the numerous hotels along the route to get the most of your ride on the rails, and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
East Lancashire Railway
The East Lancashire Railway runs this special event every spring for all train and steam lovers.
Entry To The Event
Purchase a Freedom of the Line for unlimited travel through all of the stations for the day. Family packages (2 adults and 3 children) are £43. Other fares are available, including special packages that include dining. Concessionary fares apply for all blue cardholders and can include one care provider and ELRPS members. Dogs on leads are allowed. Handicapped accessibility is available in the stations and in the passenger cars, but due to the age and design of the dining cars, there is no wheelchair access.
Somewhere to Stay in Lancashire
Arrive in Bury the evening before your travel and stay at the Premier Inn Manchester Bury Hotel, located in its quirky architectural building. This budget-minded hotel offers free Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses, and an onsite restaurant and bar. If you are keen to camp, start your trip at the Burrs Country Park and camp at Burrs Country ark Caravan Club.
Getting To Bury Bolton Street Station
Within Manchester, ride the Metrolink to the Bury Metrolink stop just a few minute's walk from the ELR Bury station. Many bus lines stop at the ELR Bury station transportation hub. Driving to the station at Bury is relatively easy. Exit off the M66 at Rochdale Road traveling west. After a big left bend, Rochdale becomes the A58, then Jubilee Way as it bends back around to Harvard Road. Exit Jubilee Way on to Harvard and use the first, immediate right onto Bolton Street. Cross over the tracks and the first right enters the car park. If you drive to the Bury Station, be advised that parking is paid and limited. Parking is available and free at several of the other stations along the ELR line.
Other Things To Do Around Bury
At each stop along the line are exciting places to visit and things to see. At the Heywood stop, the last stop on the line at the south end is Queen’s Park and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. If you start your trip in Bury or when you stop there, entry to the Bury Transportation Museum is included in your fare. At Ramsbottom, hike to the top of Holcombe Hill to see Peel Tower and the vista of the entire Lancashire region. If the arrival of spring has you feeling a bit green, visit Rossendale Ski Area at the Rawtenstall stop.
Even if all you do is come out to ride the trains pulled by vintage steam engines, you will undoubtedly enjoy your time on the Lancashire Steam Railway. Do not miss the Spring Steam Gala this year!
When is the next Spring Steam Gala?
The Spring Steam Gala is planned to take place at Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY, Friday 6th March, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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