SD7920 : Class 35 "Hymek" at Irwell Vale

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

Class 35 "Hymek" at Irwell Vale
Class 35 "Hymek" at Irwell Vale
East Lancashire Railway’s preserved class 35 “Hymek” locomotive D7076 hauls a train from Rawtenstall as it approaches Irwell Vale

Delivered new in 1962 from the Beyer Peacock works at Manchester, D7076 had a relatively short working life with British Rail; it was withdrawn from service in May 1973. The locomotive is one of four preserved 'Hymeks' although it is the only preserved example from the later MkII batch. D7076 has recently (summer 2014) returned to the ELR fleet following an overhaul and a repaint into BR Blue livery.

LinkExternal link ELR 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)
Wednesday, 30 September, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 201 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:40.6602N 2:18.8997W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 201
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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