SD8010 : Austerity Locomotive on the East Lancashire Railway

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

Austerity Locomotive on the East Lancashire Railway
Austerity Locomotive on the East Lancashire Railway
Wartime austerity locomotive 2890 passes the Jubilee Way bridge as it approaches Bolton Street Station. This locomotive was built in 1943 by the Hunslet Engine Company at Leeds as an austerity 0-6-0ST. It then entered service with the War Department as WD 75041. Following its withdrawal from service in the early 1960s, the locomotive sold back to Hunslet for modifications after which, it was bought by the National Coal Board and allocated to Maesteg washery until withdrawal in 1973. The locomotive was purchased for preservation and has operated on a number of heritage railways; after transfer to the Mid Hants Railway in the late 1990s, the locomotive was rebuilt and converted from a saddle tank to an 0-6-0 tender engine. This enabled it to be used as “Douglas” from the Thomas the Tank Engine stories. It returned to steam numbered 2890 at the Ribble Steam Railway in September 2017 LinkExternal link .
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at June 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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Sunday, 4 March, 2018   (more nearby)
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Friday, 9 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 801 105 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.4850N 2:18.0997W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 801 106
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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