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Help Support the Railway

You could make a Difference!


The East Lancashire Railway has many projects on the go, all aiming to create a better experience for our visitors, to save and restore our railway heritage or simply to repair or replace worn out infrastructure.

We need your help!

As a largely volunteer run organisation we do our best to make your visit to the railway as memorable as possible and one source of potential added income is through donations, bequests and legacies. We are often asked:

“If I contribute, where does my contribution go?”

We have a simple answer to this – you decide! If you have enjoyed your visit, any contribution you would like to make will be welcome, and you can specify when making your donation which purpose you would like your offered aid to go towards. However, every year the East Lancashire Railway updates its business plan and identifies the priorities for future investment in the following years. The following five projects have been identified as key priorities.

How can I contribute?

There are a several ways you can help to support the ongoing preservation and future development of the railway to ensure it can be enjoyed by everyone for many years to come.

Projects worth supporting

Return to Steam of the ex British Railways Hughes Fowler Crab – 42765

The Crab is an example of the type of loco that was common in the Bury area during the early British Railways era with 42765 latterly being the mainstay of our steam loco fleet until withdrawn from service for major mechanical and boiler repairs in 2003. For the last few years the Crab has been undergoing a major overhaul but £110,000 is still needed to complete the job and get it back into service.

For more information on the Crab appeal, including the progress to date and its full history, click HERE.

Restoration of the reclaimed Oldham Mumps L&Y Station Canopy

The ELR were quick off the mark to rescue this authentic Lancashire and Yorkshire canopy from Oldham Mumps Station recently when Metrolink contractors moved in. After many hours of careful dismantling work and its transfer to Bury, what is now required is to needle gun and repaint the cast iron columns and roof framework and then provide a new canopy roof. With the recovery of the Oldham Canopy we have sufficient to provide cover for our visitors at both Rawtenstall Station and for the canopy adjoining The Trackside on Platform 2 at Bury Bolton Street Station. The cost of this restoration is in the region of £100,000 for each station canopy.

A catering coach for Heywood

Heywood station, as the terminus station in Rochdale, urgently needs an enlarged catering facility to serve our customers. The short term solution we have come up with is to upgrade a catering coach we already have elsewhere on the railway and transfer it to Heywood to stand against the back of the platform adjacent to the temporary station building. We estimate that to do this will cost £5,000.

Bury Transport Museum Development

Bury Transport Museum reopened its doors in March 2010 after a £3m refurbishment. Much of the development funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the North West Development Agency, Biffaward, Pilsworth Environmental Company and Bury Council. For this funding we are very grateful. Now the museum is open for business, much needs to be done in Phase 2 which will include a restoration workshop as well as improved visitor facilities such as a museum shop and better onsite catering facilities.

Contact Us

If you have questions about making a donation, leaving a legacy, sponsorship or other fundraising matters please contact our General Manager or Finance Director on 0161 764 6955  or email general.manager@east-lancs-rly.co.uk.