SD8010 : Four Diesels

taken 8 years ago, near to Bury, Great Britain

Four Diesels
Four Diesels
Four preserved diesel locomotives lined up outside the shed just to the south of Bolton Street Station. From left to right, they are:

∑ Class 47, 47580 "County of Essex" 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.

∑ Class 47 D1501 LinkExternal link ; one of an initial batch of 20 new ĎBrush Type 4ísí, 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 The locomotive was withdrawn from service in July 1992 and secured for preservation by Pete Waterman in December 1993 and has since been a longstanding member of the diesel fleet at the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. 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.

∑ Class 33 diesel locomotive 'Captain Bill Smith RNR' (33109) LinkExternal link which was built at Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company in 1960 for British Railís Southern Region. Originally carrying the fleet number D6525, it was renumbered 33109 in 1974 to conform to the computerised TOPS systems. It is currently running in BR Blue with white window surrounds.

∑ Nearest the camera, Class 35 locomotive D7076 LinkExternal link newly returned to the fleet after an overhaul and a repaint in BR Blue. This locomotive was delivered new in 1962, from the Beyer Peacock works in Manchester.

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The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)

The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at October 2021) 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)
Thursday, 10 July, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8029 1090 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.6580N 2:17.9559W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8030 1094
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