SD7912 : Wildflower Bank and Burrs Station (East Lancashire Railway)

taken 4 months ago, near to Limefield, Bury, Great Britain

Wildflower Bank and Burrs Station (East Lancashire Railway)
Wildflower Bank and Burrs Station (East Lancashire Railway)
The East Lancashire Railway's newest station is the halt located at Burrs Country Park, approximately one mile out of Bury Town Centre.

The station has a single platform with waiting shelter, access ramp, fencing, emergency access and a path to the park. The original footpath across the railway line has been diverted under the bridge at How Lane and to the east of the railway line.

The station/halt was completed in autumn 2016 and there was an official opening ceremony for the new Burrs Country Park station on 13 October 2016 when the first train to stop was hauled by the Flying Scotsman which was visiting the ELR. The stop wasn’t officially added to the East Lancashire Railway timetable until January 2017.
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at March 2017) 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 adjacent to the main station itself (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News).

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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Date Taken
Monday, 7 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 799 128 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.7304N 2:18.2628W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 799 128
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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