SD8010 : East Lancashire Railway Loco Sheds, Buckley Wells

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

East Lancashire Railway Loco Sheds, Buckley Wells
East Lancashire Railway Loco Sheds, Buckley Wells
East Lancashire Railway's preserved English Electric Type 4 Class 40 diesel locomotive ‘345’ stands outside the loco shed at Buckley Wells. The locomotive was built in 1961 at the Vulcan Foundry for British Rail’s Eastern Region where it remained allocated throughout its working life. It was renumbered 40145 under the TOPS system in January 1974.

40145 was withdrawn from service in 1983 following damage sustained in a derailment. It was secured for preservation and arrived at Bury in 1984. The locomotive is now restored to BR blue livery and its number of 345

LinkExternal link ELR Diesel Group Fleet Information
LinkExternal link British Rail Class 40 (Wikipedia)
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)
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
Wednesday, 16 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8002 1032 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.3446N 2:18.1984W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8004 1039
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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