Our spectacular new canopy on Platform 2 at Bolton Street station is now complete following the culmination of 18 months of teamwork.
On Wednesday 2nd December a small ceremony at Bury Bolton Street Station took place to recognise charitable trusts and businesses that had been involved in the resurrection and were able to assist financially or through undertaking work for the project.
The task was a phenomenal undertaking from when the first of the old steelwork was wrestled back to life back in July 2014, when the ‘first sod’ was cut on the platform 2 to receive the new columns, when we heard the devastating news about the collapse of our glazing supplier and the loss of £17,000 right up to now when our customers are able to enjoy the benefits of an all-weather amenity that is second to none, we would suggest, anywhere on any UK heritage railway.
A huge debt of gratitude is owed to our Civil Engineering team who have laboured through the climatic vagaries over the past 8 months and who have been confronted by so many technical problems during the build. It is they who have made sure the new structure was complete in time to meet the oncoming winter weather and to give us that much needed extra space to welcome more visitors to the railway in the future.
Thank you to all those that helped with the project. We certainly Raised the Roof!
Now we will look towards our next canopy project at Rawtenstall… More details will be announced soon.
The East Lancashire Railway’s ‘Raising for Glazing’ has been chosen as a winner in the Aviva Community Fund and has been awarded £10,000!
The railway is “over the moon” with the award and couldn’t be happier in receiving the donation, however the award wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our members, visitors and followers who all took the time to vote for us in the first instance.
Over 10,000 votes were received for the project which stood the railway in good stead in getting through to the finals before more work was needed in order to stand a chance in being selected as a winner.
An elated Fundraising Coordinator, Richard Barnett said “The award means such much to everyone here at the railway.
Work continues at pace in order to have the canopy for the autumn and now we will be able to complete the project on time following this award.”
The money will be used to pay towards funding the glazing that is currently being fitted to the canopy roof which will be completed in the next two weeks in time for our annual fundraising event ‘Raise the Roof’.
The platform 2 canopy project is steaming forward to completion following the substantial grant of £14,000 from the Hilary Awdry Charitable Trust followed by a further grant of £1,000 from the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust. The grant came following an approach during March to assist with the funding of the canopy’s completion in order to see it partially completed by the annual Raise the Roof music event.
Continue reading £15,000 award received from Awdry Charitable Trusts!
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.
The LMS theme weekend proved to be extremely successful for our fundraising appeals. Throughout the weekend the Jinty locomotive was providing ‘driver for a tenner’ opportunities from Bury’s Platform 4.
Continue reading Jinty aids the fundraising!
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.
Continue reading Sneak preview of our NEW passenger coach…
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.
Continue reading We pulled the Crab!