As we head towards our summer season, the Board reflected on how well the railway has coped with, at times, challenging weather conditions over the past 3 months. Visitor Numbers-despite poor weather monthly numbers are up around 7%. Spring Steam Gala – This event was significantly affected by the ‘Beast from the East’. Despite everyone’s … More News from the Boardroom (March 2018)
The challenges in ensuring the Spring Steam Gala ( 2-4 March) went ahead is worthy of this special posting and to say a massive thank you to all our staff, volunteers and suppliers who, somehow, pulled of the ‘Beast from the East’ miracle. Our thanks also go to our partners Riley & Sons and … More ‘Beast from the East’!!
Boardroom News Diner Train – A new £20,000 generator has been installed. P Way – Ramsbottom Relay work completed. The focus will now switch to installing a new £9,000 point installation just outside Rawtenstall station. Traction & Rolling Stock – The Crab (13065) returned from a perfect and untroubled visit to the Great Central Railway. … More News from the Boardroom (February 2018)
A Year of mixed Achievements Inevitably, 2017 was always going to be different and financially more challenging than 2016 when we welcomed back the Flying Scotsman after a long and protracted absence. Having said that, we excelled in many areas right across the railway and more than held our own when compared with 2015 (our … More ELR Annual Review (2017)
Great news as we welcome back the Flying Scotsman to the East Lancs Railway on the following dates. · 10-11 March – Public Display on ELR · 30 March – 1-2 April – Public Display on ELR · 12-13 May – Trips on ELR · 24-27 August – Trips on ELR · 5-8 … More Flying Scotsman back on the ELR for 2018
Director Posts – The Board meeting started with one Director retiring and one Director joining the Board. Alex Walker, Director of Customer Services is retiring after 9 years on the Board. Alex, as a working volunteer of 26 years, has provided invaluable knowledge and experience in helping the ELR develop into the successful organisation it is today. … More News from the Boardroom (January 2018)
Article from ELR News (January 2018) I am writing this article just after we completed another marathon Santa events. This is also the end of my second year as Company Chair. Throughout the year, we have run over 50 events and in the course of we have been blessed to have the commitment and passion … More 2018-A Year Ahead-Full of Anticipation and Excitment
Santa Specials – I am starting my roundup with our final event of the year. This year everyone put in a herculean effort as almost 40,000 visitors (up 9% on 2016) enjoyed this unique ELR experience. My thanks to everyone who put in a shift or two or three and more, enjoy your well earned … More December 2017 (Roundup)
Abandonment to Renaissance The ELR has achieved another important historical milestone in the restoration of Rawtenstall Station by securing Planning Permission for their ambitious £600,000 development. From dereliction in the 1970’s; resurrection in the 1990’s to construction of state of the art facilities at Rawtenstall Station and its environs in the 2020’s. Living History The power, popularity … More Rawtenstall gets the Green Light!!
The ELR Board were advised on the performance on a number of issues. Performance Halloween – whilst visitor numbers were down 9%, revenue was up 7% on 2016. Overall customer experience showed that 95% of visitors stated the event was good/excellent and would come again. Tornado – sales for the Tornado for Easter next spring are now on … More News from the Boardroom (November 2017)