SD7916 : East Lancashire Railway, Square River Bridge at Ramsbottom

taken 3 years ago, near to Ramsbottom, Bury, Great Britain

East Lancashire Railway, Square River Bridge at Ramsbottom
East Lancashire Railway, Square River Bridge at Ramsbottom
Ex-British Rail 2-6-4T Class 4MT No 80080, which was built in the early 1950s, pulls an East Lancashire Railway passenger train over the Irwell via the Square River Bridge at Nuttall Park, near to Ramsbottom Station.
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
Saturday, 12 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
River (from Tags)
River Irwell 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 793 164 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:38.6541N 2:18.8756W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 164
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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