Since the arrival of the timber for the canopy there has been a big push during the last month to cut to shape, paint and fix the purlins to the canopy temporarily. The trial fitting of components has now been completed and so attention will now turn to the production of the upright posts.
Our ‘NEW’ MK1 Tourist Second Open, E4996 has now been out shopped from our Carriage and Wagon department in British Railways maroon and marshalled into one of the Santa Special train sets.
The carriage will carry its first passengers this weekend on the first of our Santa Special trains. We are sure our visitors will appreciate the new seats and the shine of the new coach as much as we will.
The restoration of this coach has been made possible with donations received for our Coaches for the Future appeal and so we are extremely grateful for your support so far.
We are pleased to show you images of our refurbished Tourist Second Open coach.
E4996 entered the workshops just 8 weeks ago for attention. In that time it has received a complete repaint, reupholstered seats throughout and attention to its running gear.
The boiler for 80097 has now left the ELR for restoration work in the North East as specialist work is required in order the boiler to steam again by contractors.
The fourth coach to arrive from the Riveria coach purchase was a Tourist Second Open (TSO), this will form part of our ever increasing Santa train rake of coaches as well as part of our other services throughout the season.
East Lancashire Railway staff are to undertook a “sponsored pull” of their flagship LMS “Crab” 2-6-0 No.13065 loco on Tuesday 30th September to begin a major campaign that aims to raise around £¼ million for three key projects.