The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: Shared Description

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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SD8610 : Train Arriving at Heywood Station by David Dixon
SD7915 : Flying Scotsman Approaching Brooksbottom Tunnel by David Dixon
SD7916 : Ramsbottom Station by David Dixon
SD7918 : Row of cottages in Irwell Valley by Richard Hoare
SD8010 : D5054 "Phil Southern" at Peel Way by David Dixon
SD7916 : Ramsbottom Station by David Dixon
SD7915 : Steam Train Crossing Brooksbottoms Viaduct by David Dixon
SD7916 : Ramsbottom Station by David Dixon
SD8022 : Platform at Rawtenstall Station by DS Pugh
SD7910 : Buckley Wells Loco Yard by David Dixon
SD7916 : 345 at Ramsbottom Crossing by David Dixon
SD7916 : Wartime Weekend, Ramsbottom Station by David Dixon
SD7915 : Duchess Crossing the Irwell by David Dixon
SD7916 : Santa Specials at Ramsbottom by David Dixon
SD8022 : Rawtenstall terminus station by Richard Hoare
SD7920 : Steam Train Leaving Irwell Vale by David Dixon
SD7914 : Bulleid West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ at Summerseat Station by David Dixon
SD7915 : East Lancashire Railway near Summerseat by David Dixon
SD7914 : Black Five at Summerseat by David Dixon
SD8010 : Santa Special at Bolton Street Station by David Dixon
SD8010 : Red Rose Diner at Bolton Street Station by David Dixon
SD8010 : Class 45 Diesel Locomotive leaving Bury by David Dixon
SD8610 : Class 31 Diesel at Heywood by David Dixon
SD8010 : 60009 Arriving at Bury by David Dixon
SD8010 : Bury, Bolton Street Station by David Dixon

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Created: Tue, 8 Jul 2014, Updated: Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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