How do you adequately summarise and do justice to another record breaking year at East Lancs Railway. A year where we had many highs and a few lows? Amongst the many high points I have to include the hugely successful treat for diesel enthusiasts with the unique collection diesels at the 40s at 60 weekend; … More 2018 – A Year of Outstanding Achievement!
10 Years of Outstanding Performance – Who says So? Many longstanding Members would be aware of the ‘Locum’ report as it was known which set out a 10 year strategy and was championed by Howard Aitkin a longstanding supporter of the ELR. Now 10 years on Chris Melia and Greg Hunt the original authors of … More ELR Celebrating 10 Years of Outstanding Success!!
ELR Open Forum Q and A Session The third annual ELR Forum took place on Friday 16th November 2018. Those who attended heard from Mike Kelly and Tracey Parkinson about the positive progress being made right across the railway. 2018 Tracey identified what she sees as challenges going forward: Growth needs to be sustainable. Getting … More ELR 3rd Annual Open Forum Q&A
Headlines Mathew Britten started on 29th October with Bury Transport Museum as Museum & Education Manager (Maternity Leave Cover for Sarah Kerrison who departed on 12th October). Congratulations to Sarah Kerrison who has given birth to a baby girl. RAIB published final report into Ramsbottom Runaway on the 12th November. A written update on the … More News from the Boardroom November 2018
Great news! the City of Wells fund has reached £300,000 thanks once again to a large contribution from Alex Choremi a great supporter of the ELR. We are having one final push and our thanks also go to John Stevens who is organising as second raffle. City of Wells donation envelopes will also be placed … More City of Wells Funding Update
Apologies for the delay in posting this blog, as I have been away. Once again the Board discussed Safety on the railway and the actions being taken to strengthen processes and procedures. The Board received safety updates. RAIB investigation now in the final consultation stage. Safety Manager (volunteer) recruited to assist develop new safety managements … More News from the Boardroom (October 2018)
As readers of this blog know we launched the funding initiative in November 2017 for the ELR to purchase 34092. The agreement with the owners was to make payment for the loco by the end of 2018. The current total is £227,000 out of a target of £340,092. We are still hopeful in getting as … More City of Well Funding Update (October 2018)
Board received a positive performance report for August with visitor numbers reaching over 25,000 compared to 20,000 in 2017 a rise of 25% thanks to the Flying Scotsman visit, Sci-fi on the Sidings and Wizard events. Visitor figures for Bury Transport Museum from January to August 2018 are 32,822 compared to 30,379 for the … More News from the Boardroom-September 2018 (Part 2)
This month’s Board meeting was split into two distinct parts. Strengthening of Safety Procedures and supporting roles. Normal Business. Part 1 The safety and welfare of our volunteers, paid staff and customers has and always will be our top priority. The ongoing challenge for Board is to look for ways to strengthen ELR policies and … More News from the Boardroom-September 2018 (Part 1)
This was one of four joint board meetings a year with Trustees from the ELR Preservation Society attending. Memorial Plaque – The ELR Board and the ELR Preservation Society wanted to mark, in some way, the achievements of past and present working Members as a perment acknowledgement of their efforts in not only reopening the … More News from the Boardroom (August 2018)