I chaired my first monthly ELR Board meeting this week. Understandably, for most of our volunteers and staff the work of the Board goes unnoticed and probably the work we do and decisions we take can appear quite remote from day to day operations. However, I would unequivocally say, that all Board members are passionate about the railway … More News from the Board Room!
I guess all new jobs have an element of learning and meeting new people. Last week was a bit like that, starting with meeting Mike Hulme the MD of Alstom, who also happens to be a member of the ELRP society. Mike currently has six of his apprentices working down at Baron Street. As Mike … More That Was the Week that Was!
Very busy and exciting week coming up! On Wednesday I am meeting the senior management from Alstom and their apprentices who are on a 6 months exchange visit. I hope that soon our apprentices can experience a working exchange to understand the work techniques on modern trains and railway equipment. Later that same day I … More Exciting Week Ahead!!
As I look out across our fantastic railway, what do I see? I see dedicated staff and volunteers working their socks off to ensure our passengers and visitors enjoy a unique experience and one which we all hope will bring them back time and time again. Like all heritage railways, volunteers are the ‘beating … More Three Cheers for Our Volunteers!!
I have just had some initial figures from the week-end. Some 4,000 passengers rode behind Scotsman and a further 10,000 people came to our stations with many hundreds more strung out along the tracks and on bridges to see and experience this iconic locomotive.
It’s been a historical week-end on many levels associated with the return of the much loved Flying Scotsman. Whilst it’s understandable that all the headlines are about this beautiful locomotive I want to speak about and pay tribute to all those staff and volunteers on our heritage railway. As a recently elected chairman of this … More A Tribute to East Lancs Railway
This great locomotive is now in Bolton Street Station and is surrounded by the press.
Whilst we all know about the heritage railway and its successes but we can sometimes forget about our wonderful Bury Transport Museum. I have just received the visitor figures for 2015 which are showing a huge rise of around 19% in visitor numbers, 44,000 as against 37,000 in 2014. This is a real testament to all … More Record Year-Bury Transport Museum
Last night (4 January) at a meeting of the ELR Board I presented, on behalf of the Board, an inscribed scale model of the Crab to Peter Duncan our retiring Chair to pay tribute for his loyalty and commitment to the ELR. Peter will be continuing in his important role as Signalling Director. Peter has been a … More Presentation to Retiring Chair
What a great start to 2016 for the ELR as we look forward with huge excitement and anticipation of the Flying Scotsman running on the ELR later this week. We have to pay tribute to those great British Engineers who, back in 1923, designed and built the Class A3 Pacific locomotive (4472), I would say … More A Week Full of Anticipation?