SD7916 : Santa Special - "The Crab" at Ramsbottom Station

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

Santa Special - "The Crab" at Ramsbottom Station
Santa Special - "The Crab" at Ramsbottom Station
Ex-LMS “Crab” 13065 arrives at Ramsbottom Station pulling an East Lancashire Railway "Santa Special" from Bury observed by a small boy and his father on the platform and the footplate crew of 34092 City of Wells which is waiting at the other platform.

The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Hughes Crab or Horwich Mogul was a class of mixed traffic 2-6-0 steam locomotive built between 1926 and 1932. Three ‘Crabs’ have survived into preservation. 42765 was rescued from the famous Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales and returned to revenue-earning traffic in August 1993, following restoration. After ten years reliable service on the East Lancashire Railway, the locomotive was withdrawn in 2003 when its boiler certificate expired. Following its extensive overhaul, the locomotive returned to service again in 2014 in its ‘as built’ guise carrying its original number 13065 and painted in the LMS crimson lake livery that it will have carried for the first years of its life.
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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Saturday, 10 December, 2016   (more nearby)
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Monday, 19 December, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 793 168 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:38.8429N 2:18.8770W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 168
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