Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway C&W Works memorial 1919 Newton Heath


Andrew G Podmore & Son of York were highly commended runners-up in the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for their work in restoring the L&Y memorial. David Podmore attended a ceremony at the Merchant Taylors Hall, Threadneedle Street, where the awards were presented by HRH. The Princess Royal.


This commendation was in recognition of the exceptional work, carried out at their Poppleton workshops, in restoring the large solid wood memorial commemorating those who served and fell in the Great War.


The original structure was built and erected by the men and colleagues of the fallen of Newton Heath Carriage and Wagon Works in 1917. Lost for decades, the memorial was rediscovered by Richard Law of the ELR under Manchester Piccadilly station, then stored for almost 15 years in Baron Street Works at the ELR.


The meticulous work by Podmore, in the summer of 2019, was funded with a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust and the installation was funded by Northern Rail.

NRH commendation for L&Y memorial restoration


Call for model railways to exhibit

East Lancashire Railway Model Railway Exhibition will be shown in the Bury Transport Museum over the weekend of 4/5 April 2020.


The show will feature model railway layouts, primarily from working members of the ELR, and some model railway traders.

Exhibitors will be served with complimentary tea and coffee during the weekend.

Reserved parking for exhibitors will be available in Castlecroft Yard during the event.

Organiser Andy Cooper is calling for working members with small portable model railways to contact him as soon as possible on with a view to exhibiting in April.

East Lancashire Railway Model Railway Exhibition

© Andy Cooper

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Barry Turvin the volunteer who spent all his time emptying the bins on the platforms at Bury Bolton Street. He was affectionately known as 'Barry Bin Bags' and he really did do an excellent job.


Barry died on Monday 7th January following a battle with Lung Cancer. It is therefore with great sadness that we inform you that his funeral is at Blackley Crematorium on Thursday 23rd January at 11-30am.


RIP Barry and Thank You for all your work.

Barry Turvin

© Julie Sindrey

The Society has applied to become a Registered Charity. This will not change how the Society operates and there will be no change in its legal status.


The advantage is that, subject to approval by the Taxman, we will be able to claim 25% Gift Aid on all donations made to us and hopefully on our Membership Fees. We will also be exempt from paying VAT on certain types of expenditure. Together these changes will increase the Society funds available to support both Railway and Society projects.


The process will take some time to complete and I do not expect us to be registered for at least six months. We will however work hard to achieve the registration as quickly as possible and keep you informed of progress.


Howard Ford FCCA

ELRPS Ltd Finance Director

The Society’s application for charitable status


On behalf of the Santa Management Team I would like to say a very, very big THANK YOU to all those volunteers who helped to make the Santa Specials another record-breaking year.

We go from strength to strength every year and your efforts and commitment never cease to amaze me.

Please remember that I have arranged a Pie and Peas evening on Friday 21ST February 2020, 7.30 pm, at The Elizabethan Suite, Town Hall, Bury. This is a token of appreciation from the ELR Co for all your hard work.


Everyone who was involved in the Santa Specials, in any capacity, is invited to attend but, unless you have already done so, you must let me know:-

1. That you will attend.

2. Whether you require Meat and Potato Pie or Cheese and Onion Pie.

(Vegetarian Option) Beans are available as an alternative to peas.

If you don’t let me know I can’t order your pie.

A free bar (within reason) will be available and the Middleton Band will provide entertainment.

Email –

Mobile – 07836 294254 (text or Voicemail).

Gerald Atherton

Santa Event Organiser.

Thank you to volunteers on Santa Steam Specials 2019

© Rory Lushman

On the evening of Thursday 2nd January, fire broke out at a scrapyard close to the railway in the Pimhole area of Bury. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and requested that all movements on the line between Bury and Heywood be halted.


ELR Head of Operations, Jeff Armstrong, and Operations Manager, Adrian Henderson, visited the site and spoke with the Fire Service, who said the “challenging blaze" was under control, but crews were likely to remain at the scene for the rest of the day, and the line would need to stay blocked for several days.


100 firefighters tackled the blaze, fighting the fire on all sides, preventing it from spreading onto the running line. The fire engulfed the scrapyard, causing billowing plumes of smoke. Several explosions, believed to be gas bottles exploding, were heard coming from the site. People living nearby were asked to stay indoors, keep windows shut and avoid the area.


Services between Bury and Heywood were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday. After inspection by the P-Way team the line was reopened on Monday morning. Very little damage had been caused to the railway.  

Bury fire halts trains to Heywood

© Jeff Armstrong

East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society Ltd.

Company Registration Number 11773904

Bolton Street Station, Bury, 

Lancashire BL9 0EY

​Telephone: 0333 320 2830

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