Rail Ale Tours

Eight years ago my Tour Guide colleague, Mark Coleman and myself. contacted East Lancashire Railway (ELR), Bury. To see if they might be interested in running beer and heritage related tours.

These tours are still going strong. Each year we meet with the team at ELR and plan the next seasons tours around their ongoing events program.

We begin each tour at Bolton Street Station; on average 20 – 25 people per tour, the tour includes heritage stories about railways, towns and villages along the 12 mile heritage line. Plus a bottle of locally brewed ale and a pub lunch are included. The tour lasts about 6 hours and we run public tours February – November.

Customers vary in ages and interests. Some are train or beer enthusiasts; others have been given the experience as a gift. They come in family groups, as couples, ex-university friends, as single travellers and work colleagues etc

Many are repeat customers; others we bump into coming back on the railway with children or friends as this tour has opened their eyes to other opportunities on the railway or along its route.

Our tours are supported by an amazing team of ELR volunteers; Ticket Inspectors, Guards, Drivers, Buffet-Car staff etc who over the years have given great customer service.

The tours have always been about encouraging new people to experience the railway; supporting local bars, pubs, breweries and restaurants, creating an interest in our heritage, tourism along the 12 mile track and offering a unique day-out experience.

Tours are bookable direct with ELR


Alternatively please get in touch for more information. Suzanne Hindle 44(0 )7853181299 or suzannehindle@hotmail.co.uk

(Above; vegetarian risotto lunch option at Owen’s restaurant Ramsbottom)(Above: Casked bar in Rawtenstall ably run by Mike and Amanda…great beer selection)(Above: Owen’s bar and restaurant in Ramsbottom..we always get a great welcome and yummy food from Carl, Jane and the team here)(Above; Rammy tap a good source of ciders and ales…Lamen and Heather have been very supportive to us)(Above and below: happy customers on the tour enjoying Irwell Works Brewery)(Above; me with Rail Ale group on Ramsbottom platform waiting for the train down to Rawtenstall)(Above; amazing fish and chip lunch at Owen’s bar and restaurant, Ramsbottom)(Above; couple on tour chilling-out playing Jenga at Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom)(Above; a star attraction The Flying Sctotsman)(Above; some tours involve a walk for your ale; this is the Hike for Your Hops tour group)(Above, one of the wonderful scenic spaces along the route just outside Summerseat)(Above; this is what customers come to see..the glory of a steam loco)

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