SD8010 : Bolton Street Station, Bury

taken 7 months ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

Bolton Street Station, Bury
Bolton Street Station, Bury
Bury station was opened by the East Lancashire Railway (LinkExternal link ), on 28 September 1846. It was renamed Bury Bolton Street in February 1866 to distinguish it from the nearby station at Knowsley Street. 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. British Rail closed the station on 17 March 1980, when it was replaced by a new bus/rail interchange nearby. The station, with its original features, was rescued from demolition and was re-opened as part of the heritage East Lancashire Railway in 1987.

Here, A4 Pacific class 60009 Union of South Africa is standing at platform 2 ready to take the last passenger train of the weekend to Heywood. Union of South Africa is a Class A4 steam locomotive built in Doncaster in 1937 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and originally numbered 4488. It was named after the then newly formed Union of South Africa. For a time, during part of the 1980s and 1990s, it was renamed “Osprey” due to contemporary political opposition against South Africa because of that country’s controversial policy of racial apartheid (LinkExternal link BBC News). 60009's name has since reverted to Union of South Africa. The locomotive was withdrawn from British Railways service on 1 June 1966 and was sold for preservation the following month. It is one of the six surviving A4 pacific steam locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley; a sister locomotive to 4468 “Mallard” (see SK9135 : 4468 Mallard at Grantham Festival of Steam 2013 ) and 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley (see SD8010 : Sir Nigel Gresley on the East Lancashire Railway).

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The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at August 2018) operating between Rawtenstall and Heywood, with intermediate stations at Bury Bolton Street, 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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Date Taken
Sunday, 4 March, 2018   (more nearby)
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Friday, 9 March, 2018
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 801 106 [100m precision]
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