This is a daytime Dining Train event onboard one of our heritage steam or diesel trains. Seats are in open carriages around tables of two or four people
This year our Pines Express trains dining trains will be themed around regional menus following the route the Pines Express took on its journey from Manchester to Bournemouth. Starting in the north and ending up at the seaside in Bournemouth, we’ve created six menus representative of the areas that the famous train travelled through. All will be carefully crafted by our onboard catering team in our kitchen coach as you travel the line.
You’ll enjoy a welcome drink of local Three Choirs sparkling wine served on the platform (weather permitting) before boarding for a three course meal followed by tea and coffee. Our onboard bar will be open for additional drinks.
The menus will be based on the following areas;
Northern Soul (Manchester & Lancashire)
All Change at Crewe (Cheshire)
A Midland Medley (Staffordshire & West Midlands)
Along the Severn (Gloucestershire)
Cider & Apples (Somerset)
A trip to the seaside (Dorset)
• 3 April - Northern Soul (Manchester & Lancashire)
• 1 May - All Change at Crewe (Cheshire)
• 5 June - A Midlands Medley (West Midlands & Staffordshire)
• 10 July - Along the Severn (Gloucestershire)
• 7 August - Cider & Apples (Somerset)
• 28 August - A trip to the Seaside (Dorset)
Fancy one of the best days out in the North West?
Try our full line return, an amazing steam train day out including 12 miles of stunning scenery and 7 unique stops packed with things to do. Enjoy a steam train ride, historic waiting rooms, picture perfect platforms and of course a gift shop. A perfect family day out!
Pick the date you want to set off on your adventure. Your ticket allows you to make one full line round trip, and you can start your journey on any timetables service that day.
As part of the booking process for tickets you will be asked to select your board point. Please note On Green Timetable Days there are NO trains too and from Heywood. Please do not select this as a board point.
Make sure you check our timetables for exact departure times from your chosen starting point on www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
Full Line return tickets are also available for the following, please ensure you bring the appropriate pass on the day of travel:
Resident Permit Holders
Upon arrival, admire the beautifully dressed Bury Bolton Street Station with its many Christmas trees and decorations. Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley - journey time approximately 80 minutes Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with a beautifully decorated train interior. Meet Santa his elves and a whole cast of characters.
DONT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!
"A really lovely day out. Our 5 year old loves trains and we have visited other days out on the railway but I have to say this one was brilliant. The staff on board are very good and friendly, we all really enjoyed our day and our gifts." - 07Cinta, Tripadvisor
"Came here with my youngest daughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were exceptional and were right in the groove and the steam train added to the nostalgia. Love it, everyone should try this. highly recommended!" - KarlB, Tripadvisor
"We took our 5 year old granddaughter for the Santa Special. From the minute we stepped into the station the level of enthusiasm from the staff was totally infectious. We handn't a clue what to expect but we loved every single second!" - Donna-Marie, Tripadvisor
"Absoloutely amazing first experience of the East Lancashire Railway, the Santa Special was such a wondeful experience. I went with my husband, in-laws and 20 month old son and he loved every minute. Such a magical time for the whole family!" - Heidi W, Tripadvisor