Spring 2018, proved to be both challenging and rewarding.
For our February Steam Gala, who could forget the ‘Beast from the East’ blowing in from Siberia, bringing with it exceptionally cold weather which forced several heritage railways to close. Here at the ELR, trains were able to run over all 3 days thanks to the sterling efforts of our great volunteers as I reported in my ‘news from the boardroom’ blog in March. On the downside visitor numbers were down 58% as people struggled to travel to Bury.
We followed that experience with a fantastic 5 day steam extravaganza starring Tornado ably supported by Flying Scotsman on static display. The whole event generated over £200,000 in revenue, but more importantly thousands visitors enjoyed this unique and historical event hosted by the ELR.
40s at 60 Diesel Gala
If that wasn’t enough, our final spring gala showcased our fantastic fleet of diesel locos and some iconic guest locos offer the chance to binge out on Class 40’s, an era which often gets forgotten for their contribution to the development of the modern railway, something we continue to celebrated here at the ELR. The legacy of the classic locos is there for us all to enjoy and we will protect these as a living history for future generations. Over 4,000 visitors can’t be wrong!
As I have said many many times, none of these events happen without a great deal of forward planning, creative thinking and of course our wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to all concerned who supported these three spring events.