Five stormtroopers from the Star Wars films have been spotted at Bolton Street Station in Bury, along with Darth Vader and Chewbacca.
But as Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”
Because these weren’t real stormtroopers from a galaxy far, far away. They were eight members of staff and volunteers from the East Lancashire Railway who dressed up as the Star Wars characters to promote its annual sci-fi event, which is happening this weekend.
The railway is one of the north west’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming more than 200,000 visitors each year with plenty to do rain or shine.
The 12-mile route starts in the historic market town of Bury and winds through picturesque countryside and traditional villages to Heywood and Rawtenstall.
This weekend, stations along the route will be showcasing sci-fi characters and attractions from books, comics and films such as Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Doctor Who and Star Wars.
Star Wars and Doctor Who attractions have been confirmed at Bury Bolton Street Station where you can see a real Tardis or kick back at the Ewok display.
Heywood Station will be home to Jurassic World, with a 4m animatronic T-Rex and even a Gyrosphere to sit in on Sunday.
Anyone with royal ambitions should head over to Ramsbottom and claim the legendary Iron Throne. And if bustin’ makes you feel good, visit the giant Stay Puft Man at Rawtenstall.
Rawtenstall will also be hosting a Harry Potter extravaganza, complete with an owl display and – if you’re feeling brave – the flying Ford Anglia and Aragog.
The East Lancashire Railway is an award-winning living, breathing steam railway experience operated by a team of more than 750 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who celebrate the passion and romance of heritage train travel.
Perfect for sci-fi fans and families looking for a unique and fun day out, Sci-Fi On The Sidings takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August.
Tickets start from £9 per child and £14.85 per adult, including all of the attractions and activities listed above, as well as unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains.
Book online now to save 10% and enjoy all of the attractions and activities along with unlimited travel on steam and diesel trains.
And may the force be with you.