SD8010 : D5054 "Phil Southern" at Peel Way

taken 3 years ago, near to Bury, Great Britain

D5054 "Phil Southern" at Peel Way
D5054 "Phil Southern" at Peel Way
East Lancashire Railway’s Class 24 Sulzer diesel locomotive D5054 pulls a Bury-bound train under the Peel Way bridge during the 2019 Summer Diesel Gala.

Built at Crewe in 1959 and withdrawn from service in 1982, D5054 is one of just four preserved examples from the original 151 strong fleet of Class 24 locos and was amongst the first Diesel locomotives to be based at Bury, arriving in 1987. Renumbered 24054 in 1973, the locomotive ran for many years in a non-standard BR Black scheme. It is now running in its original British Railways Green livery and with its original number D5054. It also carries the name “Phil Southern” in memory of one of the early members of the East Lancs Railway (LinkExternal link ).
The East Lancashire Railway (ELR)

The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at October 2021) 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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Friday, 5 July, 2019   (more nearby)
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Monday, 8 July, 2019
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 803 109 [100m precision]
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