Project information

Coaches for the Future Appeal

The railway needs to provide extra seating for our excellent dining train. Our Dining with Distinction product is now ready to be taken to the next level of fine dining and with the addition of three genuine First Class coaches our passengers comfort will be at its best.

August 2014 - August 2016

Charity information

East Lancashire Railway Holdings Company Limited

East Lancashire Railway Holdings Company Limited logo
  • Need


    The current dining train is in need of upgrading in order to offer our customers the highest possible quality available. The First Class coaches will provide relief to current ones in service. The opportunity has also been taken to strengthen the Santa Special coaches in order to provide electric train heating.


    The additional capacity will also allow for the expansion of the service during busier periods of the year, namely Christmas and special occasion dates as well as offering the dining train to new markets within the hospitality and functions industry.

    The extra Santa coach will eliminate the need for preheating the sets with a steam locomotive and providing consistent heating throughout each set with consequent financial savings.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase refurbish 3 First Class and one Tourist Open Coaches for use on the ELR


    » Purchase coaches from Riveria Trains
    » Overhaul and refurbish coaches for use

    The success will demonstrated by the enjoyment of all who visit and sample the dining and Santa train. Its quality will improve which increase the overall quality of the trains.

  • Impact


    The new carriages will allow for enhanced features along with us being able to offer a refreshed products.

    The ELR provides over 100 Santa services and over 150 Dining services each year and so it is imperative that there is suitable coaching stock to fulfil our customer’s needs. The demand has been so much so that there has been a sharp rise in the number of services we offer. 2014 will see our most intense operating schedule possible as we continue to offer more trains for more people.


    Both our Dining and Santa Trains are exceptional products which need to be safeguarded. By not investing in our carriage fleet would bring about risk and possibly the devaluing of the products.

    The investment alleviates risk allows the ELR to provide its planned services in the future.


    We have a robust donor management programme in place to keep donors updated through our website and e-newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £41,000 Coaches Purchase coaches from Riviera Trains.
  • Background


    Our trains operate from Bury Bolton Street, an ideal starting point for a 12 mile journey to Heywood and Rawtenstall.


    Our thousands of visitors each year will be able to enjoy the new coaches on our railway when visiting for dining our a Santa Special.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The East Lancashire Railway has a proven track record of completing fundraising projects. We have recently restored one of our steam engines costing £500,000 and also created the Bury Transport Museum with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Biffa Awards to a cost of £3.5 million.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Layland

    David has been instrumental in the procurement and financing of the project.

One of our dining coaches currently in service

One of our dining coaches currently in service