Standard 4 80097 The Bury Standard 4 Group has received an early Christmas present with the return of the repaired boiler for their steam loco. The boiler has undergone a major overhaul which comprised of a complete new boiler barrel, a new lower throat plate section, new ¾ outer firebox sides, extensive copper welding to … More Happiness and Sadness!
ELR Board Appointments We are currently looking to fill two important volunteer ELR Board vacancies (unpaid). Introduction The award winning East Lancashire Railway (a registered charity) now enjoys the accolade as one of the top tourist attractions in the North West of England and is currently the 2nd largest paid attraction in Greater Manchester, welcoming … More ELR Board Vacancies
Boardroom News Passenger numbers, as expected, are running lower than 2016 (Scotsman effect) around 51,000 compared to 67,000 for the same period a drop of 21%. These figures do not take account of BTM, Groups, Education, Dining, Real Ale and Charters. Overall, event numbers have been positive when compared to 2016, although like for like and … More News from the Boardroom (August 2017)
Rawtenstall Station – A planning application has been submitted today (31 August) to Rossendale Council to expand our station facilities. Historic East Lancashire Railway – the original East Lancashire Railway opened in 1846 with a line connecting Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bury to Manchester Victoria Station via Clifton Junction. The … More Rawtenstall Station Development – Full Steam Ahead!
Horncliffe Works Horncliffe – Readers of this blog will know that a significant part the embankment at Horncliffe was lost in the floods of Boxing Day 2015, which resulted in the introduction of a 10mph speed limit. Now, some 18 months later and after navigating through a lot of frustrating bureaucracy, work to reinstate the lost embankment … More Horncliffe & Castlecroft Works
Rawtenstall Station Development – Our grateful thanks go to the ELR Trust Board, who recently made an award of £30,000 to cover the costs of professional fees covering Architects; Structural Engineers and Planning Consultant. It’s likely our plans for the new building and canopy should be submitted to Rossendale Council within a couple of weeks. More details … More News from the Boardroom (June 2017)
30th Anniversary Working Members’ Train To celebrate 30 years of trains on the ELR, a special working members’ service will operate from Bury to Rawtenstall on Saturday 22nd July at 7pm. As per the working members train in October, a free drink will be available beforehand from the FXP hut on platform 2. If you … More 30th Anniversary
Arrangement for Barry’s funeral have now been finalised. The funeral will take place on Thursday 6th July at East Lancs Crematorium at 3.30. The hearse will stop briefly at Bolton Street. Arrangements for scattering of ashes has yet to be finalised. All are welcome. End
As months go, June was hot hot and so were our many volunteers and staff, who manfully carried out their duties in very uncomfortable conditions. Well done to all concerned. Small Engines Weekend – We just about broke even and with two loco failures lots of improvisation to keep to timetables as best we could. With … More Flaming June!
Phil Bailey – This was Phil’s last meeting as our Board Director and Engineer to the Line. I made a presentation to say thanks with a scale model of the Crab (we thought about a JCB!) ha ha. Phil has been with railway for 37 years and is one of our great pioneers. Phil will … More News from the Boardroom (May 2017)