Rawtenstall gets the Green Light!!

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!!

News from the Boardroom (November 2017)

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)

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)