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)
Why are we looking to buy City of Wells? By the time you read this blog, the news the ELR is trying to buy 34092, City of Wells will be out there. This is a huge challenge for us to find the money for this special loco without overstretching the ELR’s finances. The ELR are … More A new home for City of Wells!!
The ELR Board were advised on the performance on a number of recent events. Events Performance The final Day out with Thomas proved successful despite the poor weather where there was a 2% increase in visitors on 2016. We hosted two Children’s parties in October. More are planned foe next year. Diners continue to out … More News from the Boardroom (October 2017)
Those who attended heard from Mike Kelly and Tracey Parkinson about the positive progress being made right across the railway. 2017 – We all have to accept that 2016 was an exceptional year for visitors (Flying Scotsman Effect). Whilst visitor numbers are 3% down on 2016 they are up 10% on 2015. Nearly 2,000 visitors … More ELR Open Forum – Q&A
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)
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 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
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)