Headlines Three major paid staff vacancies have now been filled: Head of Operations-Jeff Armstrong Commercial Manager-Mark Hill Pubs Manager-John Locke All of these recruits will start with ELR by end of August/start of September. The ELR Open Forum date is fixed for Wednesday 2nd October 2019. Mike Moore, Chair of the ELR Volunteers Champion will … More News from the Boardroom August 2019
Headlines June passenger numbers up by 4% compared to the same month last year. Very successful summer diesel gala event. ELR Memorial Plaque unveiled at Bury Bolton Street Station. Appointments completed of Diesel fitter, Sales and Events Manager and Passenger Services. New leadership structure to be created to help better organise Permanent Way work programmes. … More News from the Boardroom – July 2019
ELR Memorial Plaque unveiled – 20 July 2019 Our thanks go to Phil Bailey, Joshua Dunbar, Lois Veevers Hatton, Abby Gallaher and Richard Law who represented the longest and youngest serving volunteers going back to the beginnings of the ELR. This plaque is a permanent reminder of the importance, value and effort made by volunteers … More A busy June-July 2019!
Headlines Encouragingly general ticket sales +15 on 2018 Visitors to special events like Thomas the Tank & the 1940s weekend are significantly down this year. IOSH Managing Safely course completed with nine participants present including two Directors. Fitness to run examination competency assessments set up for July. Multi car vehicle training has been done. Gothenburg … More News from the Boardroom – June 2019
Headlines Persistent trespass has been a common theme throughout the month, stone throwing at service trains has been the main danger, batteries stolen anti social behaviour. The recent investment in CCTV has helped and resulted in identifying trespassers. Images handed over to the Police. IOSH Managing Safely Course due 4, 5 and 6 June. More … More News from the Boardroom – May 2019
The much anticipated launch of a new ELR Volunteers Champions Group took place recently. The idea for the group came from a suggestion made at the ELR Annual Open Forum in November 2018. The champions have come forward and represent all departments across the railway. The Chairman and General Manager will also attend meetings. Champions: … More ELR Volunteers Champions Group Launched
Headlines HOPS – Almost 100 users live on the system. Four departments are working their way towards utlising rostering features. IOSH Managing Safely. First course due to take place on 3rd, 4th and 5th June with a maximum of 20 attendees. The volunteer Safety Manager reported to Board on the outcome of a new round … More News from the Boardroom -April 2019
Headlines Youth Group to be launched in June. Safety tours schedule set for 18th & 26th April with tours including signal boxes and signing on. Safety Team has appointed Deputy Chair, Russell Moorhouse. The Volunteer Liaison Group is now formed, it is made up of a good mix of volunteer roles from each department. The first … More News from the Boardroom-March 2019
Over the past two years we have been honoured to host Ex-Southern Railway Bullied Light Pacific No. 34092 “City of Wells”. Since her arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in July 2015, following a comprehensive overhaul, “Wells” has been a strong stalwart of our steam locomotive line-up. Come rain or shine, from snowy Santa Specials … More 34092 City of Wells Funding Update.
Like the restoration of the Craven’s 105 Multiple Units, I want to pay tribute to the 200 plus volunteers who never gave up in restoring and bringing 80097 back to its former glory for future generations to admire and enjoy such wonderful engineering marvels. The story of 80097 is both tragic and ultimately heroic, a … More 80097 A Dream Finally Realised!