East Lancashire Railway now second most popular attraction in Greater Manchester

Flying Scotsman in Wartime Livery, Bury Bolton Street Station
ELR excels targets with a 25 percent increase in visitors
Published Tue, 2017-01-31 12:46

The East Lancashire Railway has smashed through its targets after recording over 201,000 visits in 2016.




Flying Scotsman in Wartime Livery, Bury Bolton Street Station © David Dixon - Creative Commons Licence

This is the highest number of visitors the railway has received since its re-opening in 1987, and a 25% increase in visitors compared with the 2015 season. 

ELR was originally aiming to achieve “200,000 visitors in 2020”, but has managed to hit this target four years early. These latest figures now put the heritage railway in second place out of the most popular paid-for attractions in Greater Manchester, with the number one spot being held by Coronatio

New events at the railway in 2016 helped to bring in 28% more visitors than the previous year, whilst their popular 'Dining with Distinction' experience saw a 35% increase over the past 12 months, appearing regularly in TripAdvisor's top three restaurants in Greater Manchester.

The comeback of iconic locomotive Flying Scotsman also played a beneficial part in the successful year experienced by the railway. It hosted Scotsman a year ago on its very first visit in since its ten-year restoration. The ELR received over 30,000 visitors during Scotsman's two separate visits to the railway in 2016. 

To find out more information on the East Lancashire Railway and its events and experiences visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk.

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