A bit about us

Originally founded in 1968 the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society became the catalyst for the formation of the East Lancashire Railway, operating heritage steam and diesel hauled passenger services over 12 miles of track through the picturesque Irwell Valley between Heywood and Rawtenstall.

 

Incorporated as a Limited Company in 2019 the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society Ltd is managed by a Board of un-paid directors, has a membership of over 3.5k enthusiasts, and has re-invested nearly £500k infrastructure projects across the East Lancashire Railway.

By becoming a member of the ELRPS Ltd, you will be helping to preserve and develop a piece of history.

Working members

No matter your background or level of experience, the Railway can find a place for you in the team of volunteers.

Training is provided and you will never be expected to undertake something you do not feel comfortable with, nor dedicate any more time to your duties than you can afford.

Teamwork, pride and enthusiasm are the most vital attributes you can bring to any job here at the East Lancashire Railway.

 

There are many Departments and you will find jobs that suit your interests:

Join us

The East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society comprises like-minded individuals who have an interest in, and desire to help support, the operation of the East Lancashire Railway.

The East Lancashire Railway operates heritage steam and diesel hauled passenger services over 121/4 miles of track along the picturesque Irwell Valley  between Heywood and Rawtenstall.   

 

The Society has over 3,500 members of which 800 are working volunteers who help operate and maintain the preserved line.  

By becoming a member of the ELRPS you are helping to preserve a piece of history that would have been lost but for the foresight and efforts of those who formed the Society over 50 years ago. 

East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society Ltd.

Company Registration Number 11773904

Bolton Street Station, Bury, 

Lancashire BL9 0EY

​Telephone: 0333 320 2830

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