News from the Boardroom (September 2017)

ELR Director of Development Roy Chapman, following interview, has been elected to the this new and very important Board role. Roy demonstrated he had extensive experience over many years in rail, tram and transport management. His skills cover strategic and project planning, managing freight and passenger railway operations. Roy is currently a member of ELRPS … More News from the Boardroom (September 2017)

Happiness and Sadness!

Standard 4  80097 The Bury Standard 4 Group has received an early Christmas present with the return of the repaired boiler for their steam loco. The boiler has undergone a major overhaul which comprised of a complete new boiler barrel, a new lower throat plate section, new ¾ outer firebox sides, extensive copper welding to … More Happiness and Sadness!

ELR Board Vacancies

ELR Board Appointments We are currently looking to fill two important volunteer ELR Board vacancies (unpaid). Introduction The award winning East Lancashire Railway (a registered charity) now enjoys the accolade as one of the top tourist attractions in the North West of England and is currently the 2nd largest paid attraction in Greater Manchester, welcoming … More ELR Board Vacancies

News from the Boardroom (August 2017)

Boardroom News Passenger numbers, as expected, are running lower than 2016 (Scotsman effect) around 51,000 compared to 67,000 for the same period a drop of 21%. These figures do not take account of BTM, Groups, Education, Dining, Real Ale and Charters. Overall, event numbers have been positive when compared to 2016, although like for like and … More News from the Boardroom (August 2017)

Rawtenstall Station Development – Full Steam Ahead!

Rawtenstall Station – A planning application has been submitted today (31 August) to Rossendale Council to expand our station facilities.                 Historic East Lancashire Railway – the original East Lancashire Railway opened in 1846 with a line connecting Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom  and Bury to Manchester Victoria Station via Clifton Junction. The … More Rawtenstall Station Development – Full Steam Ahead!

News from the Boardroom (June 2017)

Rawtenstall Station Development – Our grateful thanks go to the ELR Trust Board, who recently made an award of £30,000 to cover the costs of professional fees covering Architects; Structural Engineers and Planning Consultant. It’s likely our plans for the new building and canopy should be submitted to Rossendale Council within a couple of weeks. More details … More News from the Boardroom (June 2017)

30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary Working Members’ Train To celebrate 30 years of trains on the ELR, a special working members’ service will operate from Bury to Rawtenstall on Saturday 22nd July at 7pm. As per the working members train in October, a free drink will be available beforehand from the FXP hut on platform 2. If you … More 30th Anniversary

Barry Worthington R.I.P

Arrangement for Barry’s funeral have now been finalised. The funeral will take place on Thursday 6th July at East Lancs Crematorium at 3.30. The hearse will stop briefly at Bolton Street. Arrangements for scattering of ashes has yet to be finalised. All are welcome. End

Flaming June!

As months go, June was hot hot and so were our many volunteers and staff, who manfully carried out their duties in very uncomfortable conditions. Well done to all concerned. Small Engines Weekend – We just about broke even and with two loco failures lots of improvisation to keep to timetables as best we could. With … More Flaming June!