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Lancashire Steam & Heritage Transport

Take a trip down memory lane and discover a plethora of vintage vehicles on our Lancashire steam and heritage transport tour including the East Lancs steam gala, four transport museums, vintage bus travel, steam on the West Lancs Railway, vintage trams at Heaton Park Tramway plus, two real ale breweries.

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5 days from £579



Thursday 13 October 2022



  • A day of steam nostalgia at the East Lancs Railway Steam Gala

  • Real ale tasting and buffet at the Severn Brothers Brewery Tap

  • Discover the Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

  • Arrive in style with vintage bus travel

  • Ride in the park on the vintage trams of Heaton Park

  • Guided tour at the Lancashire Mining Museum and colliery locomotives

  • Tour and tasting at the Irwell Brewery

  • Explore the huge collection of buses at the North West Museum of Road Transport

  • Enjoy Steam at the West Lancs Railway

  • View vintage trucks and buses at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus 1 buffet dinner

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your home station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


We arrive in Manchester and after depositing luggage at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel we commence with an afternoon visit to the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport followed by a social, with a buffet meal and real ale tasting, at the Seven Brothers Brewery Tap.



A tram journey to Bury brings us a full day of steam at the East Lancs Steam Gala with its real ale bars - the Trackside at Bury and the station buffet at Rawtenstall. Whilst at the intermediate station at Ramsbottom we have a tour and tasting at the Irwell brewery. Following a great day of steam and ale we return to our hotel in the city centre. There are many varied opportunities to obtain an evening meal and to socialise with new friends. You are welcome to accompany your Tour Manager to his chosen venue if you wish.



This morning we board our vintage bus and travel to the nearby Heaton Park Tramway. Here we can take a ride on one of the four vintage electric trams and one horse drawn tram running on a stretch of track dating back to when the original Manchester Tramway used to operate into the park. In the afternoon we continue to the Lancashire Mining Museum where we enjoy a guided tour of the steam winding engine, headgear and collection of 28 colliery locomotives. We return to our hotel by vintage bus for an evening of leisure.



This morning we travel by rail to St Helens for our visit to the North West Museum of Road Transport located at the old St Helens Corporation Transport Bus depot. The collection includes many vintage buses as well as classic cars, trucks and fire engines. Following our visit, we continue by vintage bus to the West Lancs Railway where we enjoy a short trip on narrow gauge steam trains and view the five steam engines. Our day concludes with a fascinating visit to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum where we learn how Leyland manufactured bus and trucks named after the town.



After breakfast it's time to bid farewell and make our way homeward.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester

This 4 star modern hotel is located close to Piccadilly train station and is ideally located for shops, bars, and restaurants. The comfortable bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room. The Level 3 restaurant and bar has great views over the city.



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £579


No tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £158


  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus 1 buffet dinner

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your home station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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