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East Lancashire Railway

The current East Lancashire Railway was originally opened in sections by two separate companies. The Manchester, Bury & Rossendale Railway built the first section in 1844, and in 1848 this was joined by a second branch operated by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. The latter company was responsible for both sections after they amalgamated in 1859, and every successive operator ran them as one.

In such an industrial area, the East Lancashire Railway was naturally very successful, and it also enjoyed high levels of passenger traffic. This continued after the Grouping of 1923 - when the line was absorbed into the London, Midland & Scottish Railway - and after Nationalisation, when it became part of British Rail.

In the 1950s passenger numbers began to decline, and following the Beeching Report of the early 1960s most of the line's passenger services were withdrawn. The final passenger trains were cancelled in 1972, by which time a preservation group had already formed. When freight services finally came to an end in December 1980, the way was finally clear for a heritage railway to operate.

In July 1987, the East Lancashire Railway opened as a heritage line, with regular passenger services between Bury and Ramsbottom. These were a great success, and in 1991 the line was extended a further four miles to Rawtenstall. The services extended even further to Heywood in 2003. Since its preservation, the railway has gone from strength to strength, and welcomed thousands of visitors annually - thanks in no small part to the beautiful scenery of the picturesque Irwell Valley.

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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man 2015

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Reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man 2016

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Reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.

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Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets 2015

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Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

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Coastal Cornwall & Lost Gardens 2015

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Discover the very best of Cornwall as we explore this beguiling county. From our base in picturesque Falmouth, we encounter Cornwall's charming harbours and fabled Land's End and discover the enthralling Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Cornwall Spring Flower Show 2016

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Usher in the spring season on this colourful flower-filled tour. From our beautiful woodland base in St Austell, we visit the Cornwall Flower Show, see the famous Eden Project and Heligan, and explore the Cornish countryside by heritage train.

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Edinburgh Tattoo 2015

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Incredible lochs, glens and mountains complement the highlight of our trip to experience the spectacle of the Edinburgh Tattoo, where marching bands perform in view of the city's magnificent castle.

Langley Castle 2015

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Enjoy a sumptuous break in stunning Northumberland. Based in the incredible medieval Langley Castle, we discover the Roman heritage of Hadrian's Wall, explore magnificent Alnwick Castle and journey on a charming heritage railway.

Malvern Flower Show & Cotswolds 2015

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From the elegant spa town of Cheltenham, we spend a day at the Malvern Spring or Autumn Garden Show and travel on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. Discover fabulous Hidcote Manor Gardens and the alluring Cotswolds.

Royal London & The Golden Age of Travel 2015

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From our base opposite Buckingham Palace, take in the history, splendour and tradition of the Royal Family's London retreats. We journey through the Kent countryside on our glamorous steam train, explore the capital's classic landmarks by boat and on the London Eye, and gain an inside view of the pageantry of the Tower of London during its opening ceremony.

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The Harrogate Flower Show 2015

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On this horticulture-themed tour, we spend a day at the fabulous Harrogate Spring or Autumn Flower Show, travel across the North York Moors to Whitby by heritage steam railway and visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

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