Railway Event In Lancashire

Thursday 2nd July, 2020  -  Saturday 4th July, 2020 Three Day Railway Event July, Lancashire No comments yet.

About the Summer Diesel Spectacular

Blackburn is a large industrial city in Lancashire, north of Manchester. A bit of trivia can be claimed by Blackburn. The city is mentioned in the Beatle’s album titled Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song refers to “4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire”. People have spent decades pondering how this data was used to calculate the “holes” needed to fill The Albert Hall. Fortunately, people will not have to think that long deciding if they will attend the Summer Diesel Spectacular held at the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) in early July. 

This is a three-day railway event hosted by the ELR at the railway’s Bury Bolton Street Station in Bury, about 15 miles south of Blackburn. Just like the Winter Diesel Gala, this weekend is described as having “intensive passenger services” all weekend long with this large-scale diesel event. 

Visitors can take as many rides as they want on the guest locomotives as well as favourites from the ELR’s legendary home fleet on a “Rover” ticket. The Buffet and Gift shop are open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Trackside Bar will be open at Noon (10:30 a.m. on Saturday) for those needing an early afternoon lift. Picnic areas are also available.

East Lancashire Railway

By the early part of the 1900s, steam power was ebbing. Electric and petrol-powered internal combustion engines were becoming predominant. The rail-bound trains would soon give way to cars, trucks, and buses as the primary way to move freight and people around the UK. The goal of the ELR is to keep a former part of Britain’s heritage alive, a quest that continues today. The ELR is a charity organization that depends on volunteers and proceeds from events like this to continue. Any additional donations are welcome.

Entry To The Event

The official opening time of the Summer Diesel Spectacular is 10:00 a.m. but the first trains will depart Bury shortly after 9:00 a.m. and continue running until they all are home at about 5:30 p.m. Please check with the railway for the exact timetables. Fares will likely remain the same as announced on the website for the most recent Summer Diesel Spectacular but are subject to change. One day “Rover” fares on the day of the purchase are Adult: £29.00, Concession: £26.00, Family (2 adults and 3 children): £75.00, Child: £19.00. Other privileged entries are at £16.00 and kids under age 3 are free. Online bookings enjoy a discount of about 10%.

Somewhere to Stay in Lancashire

The closest camping and caravan site to the ELR Bury Bolton Station is the highly rated Burrs Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site. The Paddock and the Deardon Wood campsites are other options located about five miles north of the station. For hotel and B&B accommodations, the ELR website offers a great list of local options. Navigate from the Home Page > Plan Your Day Out > Local Area. 

Other Things To Do Around Bury

After a day of riding the locomotives, visitors can travel north to Blackburn and visit the Aviary, also known as the Blackburn Pavilion. The birdwatchers in your group will explore the tranquil home for more than 50 different species of birds. It was originally built as a haven for reptiles in 1883 and it is part of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo’s heritage. After the birdwatchers are appeased, photographers will get their chance to show their skills at The Tank Toposcope and its amazing views of the Blackburn countryside. 

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Dogs are welcome but remember that they will need to beg for the £2.00 entry fee unless they are trained assistance dogs. Bury Bolton Street Station is fully accessible for visitors in wheelchairs and provides disabled toilet facilities. Unfortunately, the carriages and their heritage designs cannot be used to transport wheelchairs or wheelchair users on board. There is limited free parking at each of the manned stations, but spaces are limited and subject to charges at the discretion of the Bury Town Council. Counting holes in the Albert Hall can get quite tedious so a visit to the Summer Diesel Spectacular at the ELR is just what you need to escape that task.  


When is the next Summer Diesel Spectacular?

The Summer Diesel Spectacular is planned to take place at Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY, Thursday 2nd July, 2020. This is a Three Day Railway Event.

Bury Bolton Street Station
Bolton Street

East Lancashire Railway
0161 764 7790

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