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Ride with The Flying Scotsman!

Ride with The Flying Scotsman on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May at East Lancashire Railway 

The People’s Engine – The Flying Scotsman – makes a hotly anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway in 2018 as she runs a series of passenger services and static displays throughout the year.

You can reserve your place in history (and bragging rights too) with a ride behind the world’s most famous steam engine as it steams through the picturesque Irwell Valley.

Your ticket entitles you to a return trip on the iconic engine, as well as unlimited travel on other ELR train services running on the day!

There are two types of Flying Scotsman tickets available:
Bury to Rawtenstall (Return)
Approximate journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes (tickets priced at £25 adults and £15 children)
Bury to Heywood (Return)
Approximate journey time of 45 minues (tickets priced at £15 adults and £10 children)

Click here to reserve a seat on The Flying Scotsman from Bury to Heywood


It is possible to book both a Bury to Rawtenstall (Return) and a Bury to Heywood (Return) ticket to form a full line return journey, however please note that the same seats may not be available. Please check the seating plan during the online booking process to see if the same seats are available for both legs of the journey, if they have already been booked then you can select other seats. If your seats are different then you will need to swap when ‘Flying Scotsman’ returns to Bury (from Rawtenstall). Click here for full information.

Flying Scotsman Factfile:

  • Built in 1923, at Doncaster Works
  • In 1928, hauled the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service (8 hours)
  • In 1934, became the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph
  • Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2.08 million miles
  • In 1989, set the record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive (422 miles)
  • Featured on specially produced £5 coins for the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Returned to service in 2016 after a £4.5 million restoration project

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