After many months of dedicated work behind the scenes by volunteers we are now in the final phase to erect and attach a canopy to the existing building at Rawtenstall Station as part of ongoing improvements to station facilities. The canopy, which was rescued from a derelict station in Oldham, has been fully restored by ELR volunteers.
Over the next few weeks the various parts of the canopy, which right now looks like a giant jigsaw, will be put together on site just outside the station. Once the two supporting columns have been erected and the canopy is ready for transportation upto the station, a recently restored ELR rail crane will be brought up to site to hoist the canopy into position.
This final element of the project is expected to commence later in October, weather permitting.
Our grateful thanks to the East Lancs Preservation Society who have offered to cover the costs of materails for the canopy which is a great help to get the works completed.
I would also like to thank Eric Wright Construction who installed the foundations for the two supporting columns and William Hare who supplied the columns, where both companies did this work for free.