SD7914 : D335 at Summerseat Station

taken 6 years ago, near to Summerseat, Bury, Great Britain

D335 at Summerseat Station
D335 at Summerseat Station
East Lancashire Railway's preserved English Electric Type 4 Class 40 diesel locomotive ‘D335’ stands at Summerseat Railway Station.

D335 was built in 1960 at the Vulcan Foundry and entered service with British Rail’s Midland Region 1961. It remained with Midland Region until it was withdrawn from service in 1985. It was renumbered 40135 under the TOPS system in January 1974.

The locomotive was secured for preservation and arrived at Bury in 1988; it now operates in BR Green livery with small yellow warning Panels.

LinkExternal link ELR Diesel Group Fleet Information
LinkExternal link British Rail Class 40 (Wikipedia)

D335 is one of two preserved English Electric Type 4, Class 40 locomotives owned by the Class 40 Preservation Society LinkExternal link and on the East Lancs Railway; the other is SD7914 : 345 at Summerseat which was at the other end of this train!
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at July 2019) operating between Rawtenstall and Heywood, with intermediate stations at Bury Bolton Street, Burrs Country Park, 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
Sunday, 9 March, 2014   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 13 March, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7936 1465 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.6781N 2:18.8139W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 79376 14642
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