SD7915 : Brooksbottoms Viaduct, East Lancashire Railway

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

Brooksbottoms Viaduct, East Lancashire Railway
Brooksbottoms Viaduct, East Lancashire Railway
East Lancashire Railway's class 47 preserved diesel locomotive 'D1501' hauls a freight train over the River Irwell at Brooksbottoms. The viaduct, seen here from Waterside Road, was constructed in 1845.

D1501 was one of an initial batch of 20 new ‘Brush Type 4’s’, out-shopped in striking BR Two-Tone Green, as part of a Pilot Scheme order placed by British Railways in February 1961. It carried BR Blue livery as '1501' for many years, becoming 47402 still in BR Blue when the fleet was renumbered in the early 1970s to conform to the computerised TOPS systems.

The locomotive was withdrawn from service in July 1992 and secured for preservation by Pete Waterman in December 1993 and has since been a longstanding member of the diesel fleet at the East Lancashire Railway. When first entering service with ELR, D1501 was re-named “GATESHEAD”. In 2010, it was repainted back into as-built BR Two-tone Green livery with the removal of headlights, nameplates, and complete with functional headcode panels.

LinkExternal link ELR Fleet Profiles
LinkExternal link British Rail Class 47 (Wikipedia)
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at October 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
Monday, 17 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
River (from Tags)
River Irwell 
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Transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7932 1511 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.9261N 2:18.8521W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 79194 15073
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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