East Lancashire Railway’s thanks after record post-pandemic sales

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IT is moving full steam ahead for the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), which saw record sales after lockdown restrictions were lifted last year.

Visitors were eager to get back on the popular tourist trains, with record numbers of visitors booking the ghost train on Halloween and more than 43,000 traveling on the Santa Specials, which is the railway’s biggest source of revenue heritage of the year.

East Lancashire Railway said the support over the past year has been crucial and essential in safeguarding the future of the railway so that it can continue to be enjoyed by families, friends and enthusiasts. train in the future.

The chairman of East Lancashire Railway paid tribute to staff, volunteers and guests for helping the railway successfully recover from the pandemic,

Mike Kelly, said: “This outstanding performance by so many dedicated staff and volunteers comes after the most difficult time in East Lancashire Railway’s history, when the pandemic has left the railway struggling to its financial survival.

“We now have a great springboard into 2022 as we plan to bring back a full year of unique ELR events and services.

“As we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic, it has been wonderful to see so many people enjoying days on the railroad and attending our events and experiences.”

“Without our guests and our team of dedicated volunteers, we would not have been able to continue, so we would like to thank them for all their support. Our gratitude is endless.

Father Christmas at East Lancassire Railway

As a registered charity that relies on visitor revenue to stay afloat, the past two years have been some of the toughest years for the ELR.

Mike said: “Due to restrictions we have had to remain closed for much of 2020 and 2021 and unfortunately we have had to cancel some of our most popular events, including our favorite Santa Claus specials from the family in December 2020.

“So to see so many people joining us for our events last year was especially special. We are delighted that, thanks to the support we have received, generations of people can enjoy a beautiful day on the way. iron for years to come.

THANKS: East Lancashire Railway thanks its staff, volunteers and guests for their continued support throughout the pandemic

THANKS: East Lancashire Railway thanks its staff, volunteers and guests for their continued support throughout the pandemic

The railway has been able to maintain services after receiving vital cash increases during the pandemic, including a £641,600 grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and £194,300 from the National Lottery in 2020.

He also secured a £100,000 donation in 2020 from the ELR Preservation Society and a £300,000 loan in February this year from the ELR Trust, a charity made up of representatives of the three local authorities that the path to railway passes through Bury, Rochdale and Rossendale.

To book events and experiences in 2022 visit: www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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