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The East Lancashire Railway is a steam hauled service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. This popular steam railway offers a great day out for all of the family and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions to suit all ages and interests from railway enthusiasts to a couple looking for a romantic meal with a difference.


Break your journey at any of the stations to visit the characterful towns and villages of Lancashire, shop at the famous Bury market or sample Ramsbottom’s selection of cafes and bars.


The railway’s events include regular visits from Thomas the Tank EngineHalloween Ghost Trains and the incredibly popular Santa Specials which are a festive tradition for many in the area.


The Halloween Spooktacular runs from the 28-31 October between 6pm and 9pm. There are 4 trains daily from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There is also available to see a circus with a host of creepy clowns, hilarious haunters and giggling ghouls. Frightening food and drink is available at the station buffet and every child receives a goody bag full of tricks and treats.


If Halloween isn’t your thing then you only have to wait till the 26th November for the Santa Special train ride, running till the 24th of December. A firm favourite and a Christmas tradition amongst families in the North West, the famous Santa Specials are the ideal way to kick-start your holiday season!

Soak up the atmosphere as you pass through the breathtakingly decorated Bolton Street Station before boarding your train to meet St Nick himself as he travels through the carriages with presents for the children.

Here at Easirent Car and Van Hire in Blackburn we have a number of vehicles suitable to get you to the Ghost train or to see jolly old St Nick. If there is a large group of you going Easirent Car and Van Hire in Blackburn would recommend our 9 seating minibuses which provide plenty of room for the whole family.

Perhaps you’d like to make the visit into a holiday then why not hire out one of our 6 berth Motorhomes or one of our VW California Campervans. There is plenty of campsites in the area for you to stay in.

So book yours today by calling Easirent Car and Van Hire in Blackburn on 01254 495999 or visit our website:

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