As they say, its nice to be busy and so it proved, culminating with our popular annual 40’s Weekend, which went ahead with some changes (scrapped the battle re-enactments and held a minutes silence) which were made in order to be sensitive to the MEN Arena bombing. Events – Overall we had increased visitor numbers for … More A Busy Spring Indeed!
40’s Weekend – No one could fail to be affected by the horrific events at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening. I chaired an emergency meeting this morning (24 May) with key staff who are involved with the planning and delivery of this important annual event. A number of key changes have been made, which are … More Manchester – We Stand Together!
I am pleased and delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Parkinson as our new General Manager. Tracey has a longstanding history with railways, which started when she won a Footplate Experience on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and following that began volunteering. Since then she has worked as the Marketing Officer at the North Yorkshire Moors … More ELR Announces their New General Manager
The expansion of Rawtenstall Station is a key strategic development priority for the East Lancs Railway and Rossendale Council. To progress this we are announcing the formation of a partnership with Richard Shuttleworth from Equilibrium Architects over exciting plans for improved and expanded facilities Rawtenstall Station. Bury based Equilibrium Architects have been appointed to start … More Rawtenstall-Ambitious Station Development
The Board agenda was a lot less this month. ICT Update – Just to recap, the Board agreed a budget of £30,000 to upgrade and modernise our ICT infrastructure across the railway. As the organisation grows, so does the demand for improved communications both internally between departments and externally through our many visitors and external … More News from the Boardroom – March 2017
More action at Burrs Country Park – Following a visit by Caravan and Motorhome Club Directors to the opening of the station last October, they were so impressed with the new station and commitment from the ELR that work on creating 20 new pitches is being brought forward by 12 months. Work will commence on the 27th March … More Mad March (in a nice way)
30th Anniversary Celebrations-Reopening of Railway – 25th July 1987 The closure of the line must have felt like a slow death. Interestingly, some lines were closed even before Dr Beeching’s hatchet was deployed. What was the timeline for the various closures? Bury to Holcombe Brook, line closed to passengers: 5 May 1952 Bury to Holcombe … More News from the Boardroom (2) Feb 2017
General Manager Recruitment – There were 44 enquiries from which 24 applications were received. Shortlisting is on the 3rd March and interviews will be on the 21st March. Diner Carriage Restoration Our grateful thanks go to ELRPS who have donated £35,000 to help restore the recently purchased Riviera coach. Over the period 2002-to date the Society … More News from the Boardroom – Feb 2017
February is traditionally a quiet time for services. However, work continues behind the scenes. Trackside Work has begun to make improvements to the interior with more work scheduled to reinstate stalled seating and install two new electronic tills to reduce queuing. Work will begin shortly to sort out the drainage problems with the toilets. This … More A Quiet February?
After a great Christmas season the Directors are now focused on taking forward plans which strengthen the railway operationally and financially. Its clear 2016 was a record breaker and our achievements in 2017 are unlikely to surpass the level of visitor numbers and revenue income. Never the less we have an exciting range of events and … More News from the Boardroom Jan 2017