SD8010 : 47580 "County of Essex" at Bury South

taken 5 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

47580 "County of Essex" at Bury South
47580 "County of Essex" at Bury South
Ex-British Rail class 47 locomotive "County of Essex" (47580) passes the Bury South signal box as it pulls a train towards Heywood during the East Lancashire Railway 2014 Summer Diesel Gala.

Built by Brush of Loughborough, 47580 first entered service in September 1964 carrying Br's two-tone green livery and the number D1762. Now owned and preserved by The Stratford 47 Group LinkExternal link and carries the BR Blue livery with a Silver-grey roof and a Union Jack LinkExternal link which were added in 1977 to mark the silver jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
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
Sunday, 6 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 9 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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Transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8014 1044 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.4096N 2:18.0901W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8012 1040
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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