East Lancashire Railway staff and volunteers (back) Ian Taylor, Colin Goodwin, Martin Ward, Dave Gresham, David Wright (chairman of the ELR Preservation Society), Anthony Dunford, Keith Battersby, Frank Bromley, Tim Cowley, Don Reeve. Front: Visitors Alan Norton and Avril Norton
A popular heritage railway line has launched a new wheelchair accessible carriage.
A 1950s coach car has been restored over six months on the Bury-based East Lancashire Railway and can now accommodate up to four wheelchairs with additional seating and standing room for friends and family.
Chairman Mike Kelly said: “We are always looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and the introduction of wheelchair accessible carriages means that we can now offer visitors with mobility impairments comfortable surroundings for an East Lancashire Railway experience.”
It’s the first of three wheelchair accessible carriages due to be rolled out across the railway within the next few years.
Work meanwhile is progressing to build a new station at Burrs Country Park in Bury .
The East Lancashire Railway operates a 12-mile restored former mainline route between Heywood and Rawtenstall in Rossendale through the Irwell Valley using steam and diesel engines. Run by volunteers, it attracts more than 160,000 visitors every year.