SD8010 : BR Standard Class 4 Locomotive at Bury South Junction

taken 8 months ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

BR Standard Class 4 Locomotive at Bury South Junction
BR Standard Class 4 Locomotive at Bury South Junction
Recently restored ex-British Railways BR Standard Class 4 MT 2-6-4T locomotive No 80097 was a surprise guest at the East Lancashire Railway’s Winter Steam Gala over the weekend of 19-21 October 2018. The locomotive, which was built in 1954, was withdrawn from service in 1965 after only 11 years of service. When built, it would have been reasonable to have expected it to have a working life of 40 years but it was scrapped as part of the change from steam to diesel on the UK rail network. Purchased for restoration and preservation, it finally ran again under her own steam on Thursday 18th October and during the Gala weekend it did several short journeys between Bolton Street and Bury South Junction.
LinkExternal link (Bury Standard 4 Group) for more information
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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Sunday, 21 October, 2018   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
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Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 801 105 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.4419N 2:18.1175W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 801 104
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