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!
Phil Bailey – This was Phil’s last meeting as our Board Director and Engineer to the Line. I made a presentation to say thanks with a scale model of the Crab (we thought about a JCB!) ha ha. Phil has been with railway for 37 years and is one of our great pioneers. Phil will … More News from the Boardroom (May 2017)
As they say, its nice to be busy and so it proved, culminating with our popular annual 40’s Weekend, which went ahead with some changes (scrapped the battle re-enactments and held a minutes silence) which were made in order to be sensitive to the MEN Arena bombing. Events – Overall we had increased visitor numbers for … More A Busy Spring Indeed!
40’s Weekend – No one could fail to be affected by the horrific events at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening. I chaired an emergency meeting this morning (24 May) with key staff who are involved with the planning and delivery of this important annual event. A number of key changes have been made, which are … More Manchester – We Stand Together!
I am pleased and delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Parkinson as our new General Manager. Tracey has a longstanding history with railways, which started when she won a Footplate Experience on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and following that began volunteering. Since then she has worked as the Marketing Officer at the North Yorkshire Moors … More ELR Announces their New General Manager
The expansion of Rawtenstall Station is a key strategic development priority for the East Lancs Railway and Rossendale Council. To progress this we are announcing the formation of a partnership with Richard Shuttleworth from Equilibrium Architects over exciting plans for improved and expanded facilities Rawtenstall Station. Bury based Equilibrium Architects have been appointed to start … More Rawtenstall-Ambitious Station Development
The Board agenda was a lot less this month. ICT Update – Just to recap, the Board agreed a budget of £30,000 to upgrade and modernise our ICT infrastructure across the railway. As the organisation grows, so does the demand for improved communications both internally between departments and externally through our many visitors and external … More News from the Boardroom – March 2017
More action at Burrs Country Park – Following a visit by Caravan and Motorhome Club Directors to the opening of the station last October, they were so impressed with the new station and commitment from the ELR that work on creating 20 new pitches is being brought forward by 12 months. Work will commence on the 27th March … More Mad March (in a nice way)
30th Anniversary Celebrations-Reopening of Railway – 25th July 1987 The closure of the line must have felt like a slow death. Interestingly, some lines were closed even before Dr Beeching’s hatchet was deployed. What was the timeline for the various closures? Bury to Holcombe Brook, line closed to passengers: 5 May 1952 Bury to Holcombe … More News from the Boardroom (2) Feb 2017
General Manager Recruitment – There were 44 enquiries from which 24 applications were received. Shortlisting is on the 3rd March and interviews will be on the 21st March. Diner Carriage Restoration Our grateful thanks go to ELRPS who have donated £35,000 to help restore the recently purchased Riviera coach. Over the period 2002-to date the Society … More News from the Boardroom – Feb 2017