Join the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) for afternoons and evenings of effortless elegance, style, sophistication and superb first-class service in 2022.

Food-lovers and train enthusiasts can now book to treat themselves and their loved ones to drinks, lunch and dinner on board the traditional Pullman-style carriages, as tickets for the railway’s Dining with Distinction experiences throughout 2022 are now on sale.

Toast to Scotland’s national bard Rabbie Burns at ELR’s Burns Night Dinner - complete with haggis, cranachan and shortbread - wine, dine with a significant other at the Valentines Night Dinner or celebrate England's heroic dragon slayer at the St George's Dinner. These are just a few of the Themed Nights ELR have in this year’s calendar.

By stepping on board, guests will be transported back in time to raise a glass, enjoy indulgent feasts or take afternoon tea, while being hauled by a steam train through the picturesque Irwell Valley. 

And there’s a Dining with Distinction experience for every taste, appetite and occasion, as those seeking new experiences can enjoy events from the four-course ‘black tie’ Premium Nights to Gin and Wine Tasting Nights and Murder Mystery Nights.

Premium Nights at ELR are the ultimate indulgent experience, giving guests the chance to walk down a red carpet to a sparkling reception with delicious canapès, followed by a full four-course fine dining experience, live music and table magicians on board an iconic locomotive. 

Guests can also join the heritage railway for its popular themed events, including the Italian Night Diner and the four-course Red Rose Diner, where couples or groups of friends can enjoy  Lancashire’s ultimate steam train dining experience.

With a calendar packed full of events, the railway is also putting on an array of dining experiences to celebrate this year’s holidays and key dates - all while winding through picture-perfect scenery.

You can kick your afternoon or evening off with a drink at The Trackside, ELR’s own heritage pub right on platform 2 at Bury Bolton Station, before climbing aboard for your dining experience. 

Rated 5 stars on Tripadvisor, diners are always a sell-out experience, so book now to avoid disappointment later in the year!

To find out more and book tickets, visit:


Dining With Distinction: Christmas Lunch
Steam train

Festive treat for the family? Christmas night out with friends or colleagues? All are welcome on board our wonderful Christmas dining train as we steam through Lancashire’s winter wonderland, winding past picture postcard villages and fairy-lit stations.

Dining With Distinction: Premium Night
Premium Night Dining

Enjoy the opulence of our Black Tie Premium Night and savour the fabulous live classical music, canapes and prosecco welcome. Step on board and enjoy a four course luxurious dinner while being entertained by our table magician.

Dining With Distinction: Valentines Night Diner
Valentine's Day
Steam train

As one of our flagship romantic dining experiences you will enjoy fine food, delicious drinks and an excellent evening all around. A truly unique, memorable way to celebrate and some of the finest dining around.

Dining With Distinction: Wine Tasting Dinner
Two white wine glasses

he best way to celebrate any special occasion is to enjoy a tipple alongside a fabulous four course meal. ELR’s beautifully restored Pullman-style carriages, hauled by a historic steam locomotive, take guests on a two and three quarter hour journey through Irwell Valley.

Dining With Distinction: Murder Mystery Night
Murder Mystery Night

Nothing works up an appetite like exercising those brain cells. So bring your best detective skills and join in for a night of mystery and murder on one of the stunning heritage steam trains.

Dining With Distinction: Burns Night Diner
Steam train

As one of our flagship dining experiences, Join us as we celebrate the life of Rabbie Burns with a Scottish themed menu and piper!

Dining With Distinction: Traditional Afternoon Tea
Dining carriage

There is no finer way to while away a few hours than indulging in a spot of Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a homemade scone along with a selection of sandwiches and cakes whilst delighting in the vintage ambience on board our immaculately restored dining train with this quintessentially British treat.

Dining With Distinction: Lancastrian Lunch
Steam train

Sit back, relax and enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch on a steam train. Get on board one of our heritage Pullman-style carriages and enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon as one of our historic steam engines pulls you through the stunning Lancashire countryside.

Dining With Distinction: Gin Tasting Dinner

The best way to celebrate any special occasion or have a unique Friday night experience is to enjoy a tipple alongside a fabulous four course meal.

Dining With Distinction: Mid-Week Luncheon
Table setting

Come and enjoy a great value, two-course lunch on board a historic steam train, surrounded by the vintage luxury and sophistication of our Pullman-style carriages – the perfect way to break up your day out in the region.



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