SD8021 : East Lancashire Railway: Diesel Train approaching Townsend Fold

taken 8 years ago, near to Haslingden, Lancashire, England

East Lancashire Railway: Diesel Train approaching Townsend Fold
East Lancashire Railway: Diesel Train approaching Townsend Fold
East Lancs railway's class 37 preserved diesel locomotive, 37418, approaches the Townsend Fold level crossing as it hauls a train from Heywood towards Rawtenstall.

Originally numbered D6971 the locomotive was built in 1965 at the English Electric Vulcan Foundry. 37418 carried the name 'East Lancashire Railway' for several years although by the time it arrived at Bury for preservation, it had been re-named 'Pectinidae'.

37418 returned to traffic in BR Large Logo Blue (without numbers, logos or name) for the ELR Spring Diesel Gala in March 2015 following a long period out of action following a serious power failure in 2010.

LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) East Lancashire Railway Diesel Group
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010

The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at July 2022) 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, 27 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 September, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 218 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:41.5684N 2:18.0614W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 218
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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