SD7916 : City of Wells at Ramsbottom

taken 2 years ago, near to Ramsbottom, Bury, Great Britain

City of Wells at Ramsbottom
City of Wells at Ramsbottom
Preserved former British Railways Bulleid 7P5FA 4-6-2 ‘West Country’ class locomotive number 34092 ‘City of Wells’ waits at the platform with an East Lancashire Railway passenger train on the journey from Heywood to Rawtenstall during the 2017 Spring Steam Gala.

One of the 4-6-2 Light Pacific steam locomotives designed for the Southern Railway by its Chief Mechanical Engineer Oliver Bulleid, 34092 was built at the Brighton Works in 1949, after the nationalisation of the railways in Britain; it was originally named “Wells” but was renamed “City of Wells” a year later.

The engine was withdrawn in November 1964 and sold to the Woodham Bros scrap-yard in South Wales, remaining there until being purchased by a group of individuals in 1971 who brought it to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in November of that year. It returned to service with KWVR in 1979 and worked on special charters all over the country. The locomotive was withdrawn in 1989 to begin, what turned out to be, a 25 year restoration back to running order and as-built appearance. It finally returned to service again in August 2014.

LinkExternal link SR West Country and Battle of Britain (Light Pacific) classes (Wikipedia)
LinkExternal link British Railways, Bulleid West Country Pacific 4-6-2 No. 34092 ‘City of Wells’ (KWVR)

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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, 11 March, 2017   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 12 March, 2017
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Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 792 168 [100m precision]
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