SD7912 : East Lancashire Railway, Touchill Cutting

near to Limefield, Bury, Great Britain

East Lancashire Railway, Touchill Cutting
East Lancashire Railway, Touchill Cutting
An East Lancashire Railway steam train heads north, towards Ramsbottom, through the Touchill Cutting at Burrs Country Park.

The distinctive landmark SD7716 : Holcombe Hill and Peel Monument is ahead, in the distance.
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as of June 2014) operating between Rawtenstall and Heywood, with intermediate stations at Bury Bolton Street, Summerseat, Ramsbottom and Irwell Vale, respectively.

The original East Lancashire Railway LinkExternal link opened in 1844, beginning as a railway from Clifton via Bury to Rawtenstall. It was later amalgamated with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Parts of the network remain in use today, and the section of the original line between Bury and Rawtenstall is now operated by the heritage railway.

After formal closure by British Rail in 1982, the line between Bury and Ramsbottom, via Summerseat was reopened on 25 July 1987 as a new heritage railway. In 1991 the service was extended northwards from Ramsbottom to reach Rawtenstall, via Irwell Vale and in 2003 an eastbound extension from Bury to Heywood was re-opened. To reach Heywood the extension had to cross over the Metrolink line to Bury, at the site of the former Bury Knowsley Street station. This necessitated the construction of a new intersection bridge, with steeply graded approaches of 1 in 36 and 1 in 41 nicknamed 'The Ski Jump'. The heritage line is now just over 12 miles long, and has a mainline connection with the national railway network at Castleton, just beyond Heywood. The ELR plans to extend the running line further into Castleton in the future, to where a new (and separate) platform named "Castleton Village" will be constructed LinkExternal link .

The railway is run by volunteer members from the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (ELRPS). The railway is well known for its collection of diesel locomotives which reside on the railway, along with over 140 carriages, wagons and utility vehicles. It is open every weekend of the year and holds a number of themed events and galas throughout the year which include steam and diesel events amongst others, and also offers driver experience courses.

LinkExternal link East Lancashire Railway Website
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Sunday, 22 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 24 January, 2012
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Railways  Park and Public Gardens 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7989 1299 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.7842N 2:18.3266W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7999 1284
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