Diner Train – A new £20,000 generator has been installed.
P Way – Ramsbottom Relay work completed. The focus will now switch to installing a new £9,000 point installation just outside Rawtenstall station.
Traction & Rolling Stock – The Crab (13065) returned from a perfect and untroubled visit to the Great Central Railway. The loco was well received by footplate crews and passengers.
The Waterman GWR Observation Saloon is nearing completion.
Volunteers working weekend – For a trial period the workshops are to be opened to volunteers (last weekend of every month) to encourage them to get involved with aspects of work with TR&S.
Marketing – The ‘kids go free’ offer running from 6 January to the 9th February showed a 28% increase on 2017.
Sulzer Saturday – around 500 visitors which met our expectations.
Wizard Academy Events – All dates for 2018 sold out.
Princess Event – poor response just 39% take up of seats.
Flying Scotsman Tours – The loco’s first outing will be at Rawtenstall Station on static display on Saturday and Sunday 10-11 March. The Mayor and Mayoress of Rossendale Council will open the tours. Because of high demand for ticket extra slots are being inserted.
ICT Improvements – This is one of the vital services that we don’t see or hear a lot of. The Board received a progress report. Following a £30,000 investment, improvements include:
- High grade dedicated servers, running core business applications.
- CAT5e re-cabling throughout the railway.
- New routers replaced old ones at each site.
- Wi-fi available on Platform 2, Bolton Street
- Each site now has data-link back to main office building joining up for the first time the whole railway.
- Site to site Connections and Booking office are running at 100%.
- Overall a more resilient ICT system.
Bury Transport Museum – Annual Report (2017) to Board.
- * Record visitors up (2.7%) from 46,921 to 48,234 in 2017.
- * Visitors up by (8.5%) on non event days from 10,221 to 11,089.
- * Unguided school visits up (X%) from 82 to 504.