SD7915 : East Lancashire Railway Crossing Brooksbottoms Viaduct

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

East Lancashire Railway Crossing Brooksbottoms Viaduct
East Lancashire Railway Crossing Brooksbottoms Viaduct
Preserved Class 33 diesel locomotive 'Captain Bill Smith RNR' (33109) hauls a passenger train over the River Irwell at Brooksbottoms. The viaduct which carries the East Lancashire Railway over the river and the surrounding valley was constructed in 1845.

Built at Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company in 1960 for British Railís Southern Region, 33109 is one of two preserved class 33 locomotives operating on the East Lancashire Railway. Originally carrying the fleet number D6525, it was renumbered 33109 in 1974 to conform to the computerised TOPS systems.

Officially withdrawn in February 1997 and sold for preservation, 33109 moved first to the Mid Hants Railway. Following a spell of storage at Crewe, the loco was sold to ELR Diesel Group for a second spell of preservation at the East Lancashire Railway, moving to Bury in 2007 and returning to service in February 2008.

The locomotive is named 'Captain Bill Smith RNR'; a photo of the plaque explaining his story can be seen in the gallery at LinkExternal link . It is currently running in BR Blue with white window surrounds.

LinkExternal link ELR fleet profile
LinkExternal link British Rail Class 33 (Wikipedia)

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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)
Submitted
Thursday, 13 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
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Transport 
River (from Tags)
River Irwell 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7931 1508 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.9099N 2:18.8610W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 79321 15050
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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