A Year of mixed Achievements Inevitably, 2017 was always going to be different and financially more challenging than 2016 when we welcomed back the Flying Scotsman after a long and protracted absence. Having said that, we excelled in many areas right across the railway and more than held our own when compared with 2015 (our … More ELR Annual Review (2017)
Great news as we welcome back the Flying Scotsman to the East Lancs Railway on the following dates. · 10-11 March – Public Display on ELR · 30 March – 1-2 April – Public Display on ELR · 12-13 May – Trips on ELR · 24-27 August – Trips on ELR · 5-8 … More Flying Scotsman back on the ELR for 2018
Director Posts – The Board meeting started with one Director retiring and one Director joining the Board. Alex Walker, Director of Customer Services is retiring after 9 years on the Board. Alex, as a working volunteer of 26 years, has provided invaluable knowledge and experience in helping the ELR develop into the successful organisation it is today. … More News from the Boardroom (January 2018)
Article from ELR News (January 2018) I am writing this article just after we completed another marathon Santa events. This is also the end of my second year as Company Chair. Throughout the year, we have run over 50 events and in the course of we have been blessed to have the commitment and passion … More 2018-A Year Ahead-Full of Anticipation and Excitment
Santa Specials – I am starting my roundup with our final event of the year. This year everyone put in a herculean effort as almost 40,000 visitors (up 9% on 2016) enjoyed this unique ELR experience. My thanks to everyone who put in a shift or two or three and more, enjoy your well earned … More December 2017 (Roundup)
Abandonment to Renaissance The ELR has achieved another important historical milestone in the restoration of Rawtenstall Station by securing Planning Permission for their ambitious £600,000 development. From dereliction in the 1970’s; resurrection in the 1990’s to construction of state of the art facilities at Rawtenstall Station and its environs in the 2020’s. Living History The power, popularity … More Rawtenstall gets the Green Light!!
The ELR Board were advised on the performance on a number of issues. Performance Halloween – whilst visitor numbers were down 9%, revenue was up 7% on 2016. Overall customer experience showed that 95% of visitors stated the event was good/excellent and would come again. Tornado – sales for the Tornado for Easter next spring are now on … More News from the Boardroom (November 2017)
Why are we looking to buy City of Wells? By the time you read this blog, the news the ELR is trying to buy 34092, City of Wells will be out there. This is a huge challenge for us to find the money for this special loco without overstretching the ELR’s finances. The ELR are … More A new home for City of Wells!!
The ELR Board were advised on the performance on a number of recent events. Events Performance The final Day out with Thomas proved successful despite the poor weather where there was a 2% increase in visitors on 2016. We hosted two Children’s parties in October. More are planned foe next year. Diners continue to out … More News from the Boardroom (October 2017)
Those who attended heard from Mike Kelly and Tracey Parkinson about the positive progress being made right across the railway. 2017 – We all have to accept that 2016 was an exceptional year for visitors (Flying Scotsman Effect). Whilst visitor numbers are 3% down on 2016 they are up 10% on 2015. Nearly 2,000 visitors … More ELR Open Forum – Q&A