An award-winning Bury pub is expanding by adding 100 more seats to the venue through a static train carriage at a heritage railway station.  

Customers at The Trackside, Bury’s 2022 Pub of the Year, can now grab a pint in a classic 20th Century railway carriage, just a few steps away from the bar.  

The carriage has been added to Bury Bolton Street station, which runs on the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) line, after the successful addition of one to the Rawtenstall station, adding 40 seats to that site. 

Bury Times: The Trackside, BuryThe Trackside, Bury (Image: Public)

ELR chairman Mike Kelly, said: “We fully appreciate that sitting outside through the winter season is not possible every day. 

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“So, while the railway is closed in January and February for important track maintenance works, we brought up a couple of vintage carriages ensuring there is an additional welcome place for people to enjoy a drink in a unique setting.” 

Bury Times: Inside the 20th-century railway carriageInside the 20th-century railway carriage (Image: Public)

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The new facilities have been warmly welcomed by punters.

Mike added: “We put in extra heating and set the carriages in both platforms where the customer feedback has been a big thumbs up. 

“It was the pub staff who had the idea and it has been a joint effort to get it in place, so a big thank you to all our staff and volunteers who have made it possible.” 

Bury Times: The 20th-century railway carriageThe 20th-century railway carriage (Image: Public)

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Run by volunteers, the ELR relies on the community to keep its doors open, so the added seating helps drive revenue into the registered charity.