SD8010 : East Lancashire Railway at Castlecroft

taken 2 years ago, near to Bury, Great Britain

East Lancashire Railway at Castlecroft
East Lancashire Railway at Castlecroft
Bulleid 7P5FA 4-6-2 ‘West Country’ class locomotive number 34092 ‘City of Wells’, carrying its 'Golden Arrow' insignia, passes the Castlecroft sidings after it emerges from the tunnel at the northern end of Bolton Street Station. It is heading an East Lancashire Railway passenger train between Bury and Rawtenstall.

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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 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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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 April, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 9 April, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 108 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.6526N 2:17.9649W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 802 109
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