SD8010 : Witherslack Hall approaches Bury Bolton Street Station

taken 4 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

Witherslack Hall approaches Bury Bolton Street Station
Witherslack Hall approaches Bury Bolton Street Station
Hauling the 11.30 train from Heywood to Rawtenstall.
Great Central Railway’s preserved GWR Modified Hall Class locomotive 6990 “Witherslack Hall”.
The locomotive was built at Swindon in 1948 and withdrawn from service in January 1966.
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

Bury Bolton Street Station

It was formerly the main station serving the town, with links north to Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Bacup or to Haslingden and Accrington; and south to Radcliffe Central, Whitefield, Prestwich and Manchester Victoria.
The station was opened by the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), on 28 September 1846 as Bury station. The station was renamed Bury Bolton Street in February 1866. The building is situated in a cutting with a low level yard on the east side, approached by an incline from Bolton Street and a flight of steps from Bank Street. To the north is the Bolton Street Tunnel.
The station was rebuilt in the 1880s, and the existing platform canopy dates from that time. Street frontage buildings were also provided.
From 1 January 1948, the station was operated by British Rail.
The street frontage burnt down after the war and was replaced with a new brick and concrete entrance and footbridge in 1952.
BR closed the station on 17 March 1980, when it was replaced by a new bus/rail interchange. Since 1991, this has been the terminus of the light rail link from Manchester.
The station now houses The East Lancashire Railway (ELR).

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Wednesday, 5 July, 2017
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