SD7920 : 31466 at Irwell Vale

taken 4 years ago, near to Edenfield, Lancashire, Great Britain

31466 at Irwell Vale
31466 at Irwell Vale
Preserved class 31 locomotive 31466 LinkExternal link , which dates from 1959 and is carrying the EWS livery (maroon with central gold band) and logo, stands at Irwell Vale on the late-afternoon service to Rawtenstall. Irwell Vale station/halt was purpose-built by Rossendale Council and the East Lancashire Railway; it was opened on the 27th April 1991.
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: SD8010
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at July 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, 27 September, 2015   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 3 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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Transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 201 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:40.6170N 2:18.9448W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 201
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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