The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) :: Shared Description

The East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is a heritage railway based in Bury. It is currently (as at July 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
by David Dixon
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SD7916 : A Day Out with Thomas, Eric and the Trucks Crossing Bridge Street by David Dixon
SD8022 : East Lancashire Railway: Rawtenstall Station by David Dixon
SD7910 : East Lancashire Railway, Buckley Wells by David Dixon
SD8110 : Diesel Train at Pimhole by David Dixon
SD8022 : Black Five draws into Rawtenstall by David Dixon
SD7916 : A Day Out With Thomas, Ramsbottom Station by David Dixon
SD8010 : Golden Arrow by David Dixon
SD8010 : Four Diesels by David Dixon
SD7915 : Brooksbottoms Viaduct, East Lancashire Railway by David Dixon
SD8022 : East Lancashire Railway, Accommodation Bridge near Rawtenstall by David Dixon
SD8010 : Bolton Street Station, Bury by David Dixon
SD8010 : Witherslack Hall at Bury South by David Dixon
SD7915 : Valiant at Brooksbottoms by David Dixon
SD7910 : Buckley Wells Loco Yard by David Dixon
SD8010 : East Lancashire Railway, Bury South by David Dixon
SD8022 : Steam Train Arriving at Rawtenstall by David Dixon
SD7914 : Arriving at Summerseat Station by David Dixon
SD7914 : East Lancashire Railway near Chest Wheel Crossing by David Dixon
SD7913 : East Lancashire Railway, Springside Farm by David Dixon
SD8012 : Site of New ELR Station at Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD8010 : Flying Scotsman in Wartime Livery, Bury Bolton Street Station by David Dixon
SD8022 : Rawtenstall Station by David Dixon
SD7916 : East Lancashire Railway 1940s Weekend, Uniformed Characters on Railway Street by David Dixon
SD8010 : Metrolink Tramway - ELR Bridge by David Dixon
SD7914 : Summerseat Station by David Dixon

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Created: Tue, 8 Jul 2014, Updated: Mon, 8 Jul 2019

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