SD8610 : Class 31 Diesel at Heywood

taken 4 years ago, near to Heywood, Rochdale, Great Britain

Class 31 Diesel at Heywood
Class 31 Diesel at Heywood
Preserved class 31 locomotive 31466 LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) , which dates from 1959 and is carrying the EWS livery (maroon with central gold band) and logo, stands at Heywood Station after bringing in the late-morning service from Rawtenstall.

Heywood station is the eastern terminus of the heritage East Lancashire Railway (although the rail link continues through to Castleton on the Manchester Victoria-Rochdale line, providing a link to the national rail system, used for locomotive transfer purposes). Opened in 2003, this station is situated around 150m further east than the original Heywood station (1841-1970); it has a single platform. Heywood was not part of the original East Lancashire Railway, but was on the Central Lancashire line of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Company.
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, 9 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 11 April, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 864 102 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.3246N 2:12.3792W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 864 102
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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