I visited Ian Riley and Son on 4th September to get an update on repairs to the crab’s boiler. Riley’s have 5 staff working on the boiler repairs. The NDT survey and an examination have been successfully completed. By necessity the work to the boiler has expanded to now include a new front boiler … More 13065 (The Crab) Update
Please check out the latest newsletter from the Heritage Rail Association. Two articles announce seminars at the ELR. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c767f4954c6072db8e523074/files/2e3eb484-7b5b-466b-9da0-a96f0f653b14/HRANews.August2018.Final_.pdf September – HRA youth Day October – Carriage Maintenance on Mark I’s ELR Barbeque Our very first ELR barbeque was held to acknowledge the great work of our volunteers. The event was an outstanding success … More Seminars on the ELR & BBQ Success!
As the hot summer continues, operationally, this has impacted on the ELR with the risk of line side fires, several of which had to be attended by the fire brigade. As a result, Board were advised that steam services were suspended for several days in July. Fire control measures are currently set at level 1 … More News from the Boardroom (July 2018)
Summer BBQ A date for the diary. As a thank to our fabulous band of volunteers and paid staff we are hosting a summer barbeque on Saturday 11th August in the Bury Transport Museum at Castlecroft from 18.00. Come along bring your partner and enjoy a great ELR summer evening. Burrs … More The summer that keeps on Giving!
Whilst the hot summer continues the ELR has enjoyed record numbers of visitors and taking advantage of an extended period of dry hot weather. On the flip side, our staff and volunteers have excelled in ensuring timetabled services were successfully delivered. The Board expressed their grateful thanks, as ever, to these wonderful people. Update 13065 … More News from the Boardroom (June 2018)
The East Lancashire Railway has announced that steam locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman will be hauling a special fundraising railtour from Bury Bolton Street to Holyhead in order to raise funds for 34092 City of Wells. Flying Scotsman will depart Bury Bolton Street on the 15th September 2018. This is a one-off railtour to North Wales and … More City of Wells Flyer Announced
Buckley Wells – The Board were presented with an update on progress. The ELR has one of the largest locomotive, carriage and wagon maintenance, repair and restoration sites of any UK heritage railway. Within the site is the Grade 2 listed 1856 works building. The successful development of Buckley Wells is central to managing current … More News from the Boardroom (May 2018)
Crab Failure – 13065 The absence of the Crab in recent weeks has resulted in lots of questions to me and others. Unfortunately, this popular loco has been taken out of service for the rest of 2018. Two flue tubes on 13065 have been found to be leaking during a routine washout. The flues … More News – Loco 13065 (the crab) failure
The ELR Board, at their meeting in April, discussed a request to significantly increase the level of resources to be made available to the Traction and Rolling Stock Department. The challenge for Board is how can the ELR’s continued growth and demand for traction and rolling stock be met. This will require the performance and … More Traction & Rolling Stock -Major Investment in Resources Announced
Safety Issues Board heard and discussed a number of ongoing safety related issues. Ramsbottom Gates – A progress report S&T was presented. Whilst there is a new temporary safety regime in place (new clasps manually lock one set of the gates) to ensure the gates are closed a more permanent solution is being developed. By … More News from the Boardroom (April 2018)