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Luxury Valentine’s steam train dining experiences are returning to Greater Manchester next month

East Lancashire Railway's 'Valentine's Night' dining experiences are back by popular demand.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th January 2024

Just in case you need a little reminder, Valentine’s Day isn’t so far off now.

In just under a month’s time, couples all over the world will be marking the international day of love with the people they care about the most, and for those who are keen to celebrate in style, East Lancashire Railway (ELR) has announced that its special ‘Valentine’s Night’ luxury dining experiences are back once again by popular demand.

This means that lovebirds can hop on-board a vintage steam train and enjoy a four-course meal while riding through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside as the sun sets.

Part of ELR’s ongoing – and massively-popular – ‘Dining with Distinction’ series, which runs all throughout the year, these Valentine’s Night luxury dining experiences are promising to provide couples with an “elegant” and “atmospheric” evening as they travel through the Irwell Valley and raise a toast to each other to celebrate their love.

This romantic experience is on board a pullman-style steam train carriage, with polished panelling and luxurious seating.


Priced at £79 per person – or just £280 for a table of four, if you fancy taking your ‘Galentines’ instead -all guests will have a personal waiter or waitress for the evening, who’ll make sure everything is taken care of everything, from the Prosecco welcome, right through to the after-dinner chocolates. 

Once couples board their train for the evening, their welcome drink will be accompanied by a live music reception to set the mood, all before they sit down to enjoy and tuck into a mouthwatering four-course meal.


The train journey lasts just under three hours, and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

Tickets are now on sale from £79 per person / Credit: ELR

“The Valentine’s night Dining with Distinction experience is one that every couple can enjoy,” admitted Mike Kelly, who is the Chairman of East Lancashire Railway.

“It’s great to see so many new memories being made, and couples celebrating the day with something uniquely different, especially as our volunteers work extremely hard to ensure that every couple has the Valentine’s Day of their dreams.”


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The Valentine’s Night experiences are taking place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February this year, and tickets are now on sale.

Find out more and grab yours here.

Featured Image – ELR