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Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before, By Steam Train!

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Captain’s Log, Stardate 2017, the popular “Sci-Fi on the Sidings” event returns to the East Lancashire Railway! Taking place on the 1 – 2 April, this intergalactic adventure is the perfect excuse to dig out that old Wookie outfit, dust off your laser gun and get your “fan” on for a truly unique experience with all of the bells and whistles of a science fiction convention set against the unconventional background of a heritage railway.

It is a little known fact that Lancashire is actually considered something of a UFO hotspot with five sightings being recorded over just two years. Although it is unclear how many of the alien spacecraft later turned out to be Chinese lanterns or airplanes, what is clear is that the railway is the best place to see extra terrestrials without having to purchase lots of expensive audio-visual equipment and camping gear!

So take a train back to the future and explore the various themes taking place along the line including Alien vs. Predator, Back to the Future, Dr Who, Flash Gordon, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Knight Rider, Star Wars and more!

Sales and Event Manager Nicola Wilcock said:
“As a relatively new starter here at the East Lancashire Railway this will be my first year looking after the Sci-Fi on the Sidings event and I couldn’t be more excited. Last year’s event proved to be a huge success and we are pulling out all of the stops to ensure that its return is truly out of this world with a variety of new themes as well as a special two-for-one offer for people who arrive in costume!”

Sci-Fi on the sidings takes place on 1 – 2 April 2017. Tickets cost £14.80 per adult, £13.30 per concession, £9.40 per child and £38.00 per family. When two people are dressed as science fiction characters, one of the two can travel for free.

If you like the sound of a steam powered science-fiction spectacular, engage warp engines and beam on over for a galaxy of good times!  

For more information on the event, terms and conditions for the two-for-one offer and to book tickets online please visit:

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01772 426450.