SD8010 : A Day Out with Thomas, Eric and the Troublesome Trucks

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

A Day Out with Thomas, Eric and the Troublesome Trucks
A Day Out with Thomas, Eric and the Troublesome Trucks
Built in 1962 at British Rail’s Swindon works, 9537 is a preserved Class 14 diesel locomotive, seen here standing at Bolton Street Station platform 2 in Bury. 9537 is wearing a “face” to take part in the “Day out with Thomas” event. I am not sure which of Rev Awdry’s “Railway Series” characters it is meant to represent but it is nicknamed “Eric” at the East Lancashire Railway. Shortly after this photo was taken, the train departed for Ramsbottom Station where it spent the day re-enacting a scene from one of the Railway Series stories, “The Troublesome Trucks”.
Day Out with Thomas
"Day out with Thomas", is a marketing name used by HiT Entertainment for special events held at heritage railways in the UK. The characteristic features of these events include locomotives wearing 'faces' to resemble 'Thomas' characters. The general idea is that children (of any age!) can ride in a train pulled by 'Thomas' or one of his friends.
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at October 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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Monday, 1 May, 2017   (more nearby)
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Monday, 8 May, 2017
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Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 106 [100m precision]
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