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
February is traditionally a quiet time for services. However, work continues behind the scenes. Trackside Work has begun to make improvements to the interior with more work scheduled to reinstate stalled seating and install two new electronic tills to reduce queuing. Work will begin shortly to sort out the drainage problems with the toilets. This … More A Quiet February?
After a great Christmas season the Directors are now focused on taking forward plans which strengthen the railway operationally and financially. Its clear 2016 was a record breaker and our achievements in 2017 are unlikely to surpass the level of visitor numbers and revenue income. Never the less we have an exciting range of events and … More News from the Boardroom Jan 2017
Each year the ELR Board reviews progress against its 2015-19 business plan. Note: Visitor Numbers – See earlier separate blog posting Financial Provisional figures indicate a further increase in income to around £4m up from £3.22m. It’s clear that increased revenue for 2016 benefitted significantly from two visits by Flying Scotsman which allowed significant small … More Annual Review of ELR Business Plan
Where do you start to sum up the success of 2016? By any measure it was a memorable year and a tribute to everyone connected with the railway both internally and externally. The return of the Flying Scotsman back in January got the year off to a flying start and at the end of this … More ELR Record Breaking 2016 for Visitors!!
The search for our new General Manager started today. This is a very important appointment for the ELR. We have put together a comprehensive recruitment pack which not only gives details of the type of candidate we are looking for but also showcases the ELR. The advert will be published nationally. Timelines Monday 20 February – Last … More General Manager Vacancy