SD8010 : James the Red Engine at Platform 3

taken 3 years ago, near to Bury, Great Britain

James the Red Engine at Platform 3
James the Red Engine at Platform 3
James the Red Engine LinkExternal link is a fictional tender locomotive, one of the main characters in “The Railway Series” children's books by the Rev Awdry, and the spin-off TV series Thomas & Friends. He first appeared in The Railway Series in 1946, in the book “Thomas the Tank Engine”. Two books in the series, no 3 “James the Red Engine” and no 28 “James and the Diesel Engines”, are dedicated to James. All of the locomotives in The Railway Series were based on prototypical engines; James is a mixed-traffic L&YR Class 28 'Mogul' 2-6-0 tender engine designed by George Hughes. For their “Day out with Thomas event, the East Lancashire Railway used their “Hughes Crab” or “Horwich Mogul” class locomotive 13065 which appropriately for “James the Red Engine” is painted in the LMS crimson lake livery that it will have carried for the early years of its operational life. Here, it is waiting at Bolton Street Station's platform 3, ready to haul the next train to Rawtenstall.
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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Tuesday, 9 May, 2017
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 107 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.5877N 2:18.0098W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 107
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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