In joining the ELR Preservation Society you're helping to support the development of the East Lancashire Railway. Each year, the Society makes a substantial donation to the railway to fund specific projects. In 2014, the Society donated £38,500 to fund the refurbishment of "Gothenberg" and to bring it back into service as "Thomas" with a new 10-year boiler-certificate.


The subscription rates are shown below:


Membership Type 1 yr 3 yrs Life
Full Member (16 and over) £23.00 £60.00 £400.00
Senior Member (60 and over) £17.00 £45.00 £165.00
Associate Member £12.00 £32.00 £140.00
Junior Member (under 16) £11.00 N/A  N/A
Family Member (up to two adults and three children) £30.00 £76.00 N/A


Click here to download a Membership application Form

Life Members, Full-, Senior- and Junior Members receive their own copies of the Society ELR News Magazine, published three times per year.

Membership benefits include three full trips per year on the ELR for Life, Full, Senior and Junior members; (Family members are entitled to one.full trip). Additional trips and Associate Member’s tickets may be purchased at the concessionary rate.

Members' free trips are only available on non-event days and when the Santa Trains are not running. Special fares apply on event days - see the ELR website for timetables, details and dates.


Completed Membership Application Forms may be handed-in at the Information Office, Bolton Street Station, Bury, BL9 0EY or posted to: The Membership Secretary ELRPS, PO Box 629, Stalybridge, SK19 9AR

No responsibility will be accepted for cash payments or card details sent by post. Payment by cheque is the safest method when posting your membership application..

Membership is renewable on 1st January. Persons joining after 1st October receive membership up to 31st December of the following year.