Last Friday (22 July) a huge milestone was reached when the East Lancashire Railway officially launched the latest addition to its growing fleet of restored coaching stock with the first ever conversion of a brake coach to accommodate and make accessible for wheelchair users.
The converted 1950s brake coach has undergone an extensive six month restoration and can now comfortably accommodate up to four wheelchair users with additional seating and standing room available for accompanying friends and family.
This initiative, once again, has been achieved through very dedicated people. I would like to take this opportunity to praise all our dedicated staff and volunteers whose hard-work and commitment to fund raising and on the renovation itself in making available this wheelchair accessible carriage has led to something the East Lancashire Railway and its visitors can be very proud of. ”
The wheelchair accessible carriage is the first of three to be rolled out across the railway within the next few years.