Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

BR Standard Class 7MT pacific, no. 70000 'Britannia', arrives back at Blackburn on 17 July 2019 with the second 'Fellsman' railtour of the month and ...
John McIntyre 17/07/2019
The conversion of Class 155 twins to single car 153s was quite ingenious. The cab in the old inner end is notoriously small and the bulkhead behind ...
Mark Bartlett 02/09/2019
A dusting of spring snow at Blackburn, on 2nd March 2016, as a Pacer slows to call with a train from Colne. 142040 lasted in service with Northern ...
Mark Bartlett 02/03/2016
Two trains heading for Manchester Victoria, but in opposite directions, from Blackburn on 2nd September 2019. 142024 in Platform 1 will head east and ...
Mark Bartlett 02/09/2019
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Taken from the road bridge over the eastern portal of Blackburn Tunnel this picture shows Pacer 142002, cautiously approaching the tunnel, and also ...
Mark Bartlett 17/11/2009
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Northern 158754 passes through Rishton non-stop on a York to Blackpool service on 6 June 2014. ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2014
Not stopping at Rishton. A Northern 158 service from Blackpool to York hurries through Rishton station, shortly after leaving Blackburn on 5 July ...
John McIntyre 05/07/2013
Northern Pacer 142038 departs from Rishton on 06 June 2014 whilst working a Blackpool South to Colne service. ...
John McIntyre 06/06/2014
Now well into their third decade of service the Pacers are still working hard. 142067 is on a diagram that starts with a departure at 4.45am and does ...
Mark Bartlett 08/07/2010
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Northern 158908 approaching Church and Oswaldtwistle non-stop on 13 June 2015 with a York to Blackpool service. The platforms have been reduced in ...
John McIntyre 13/06/2015
A Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria service passes through Church and Oswaldtwistle on 13 June 2015. With engineering work taking place on the line via ...
John McIntyre 13/06/2015
A New Year's Day service from Colne to Blackpool South calls at Church and Oswaldtwistle. Just round the bend 142004 will cross the Leeds and ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011
New Year's morning at Church and Oswaldtwistle, looking towards Accrington. Just beyond the end of the platforms was the entrance to Accrington Motive ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011
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1909 6 inch OS map extract of the stretch of line between Accrington and Church & Oswaldtwistle stations. The motive power depot 31115 dominates ...
Mark Bartlett //1909
Shed scene at Accrington (24A) on 25 September 1960 looking east with Charter Street on the right. The shed was located on the East Lancs between the ...
K A Gray 25/09/1960
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The 1821 hrs Blackpool North to York service (1B40) on 21 May 2019 has just departed from Accrington and is about to cross the viaduct at the east end ...
John McIntyre 21/05/2019
A Blackburn to Wigan Pacer (going the long way round) calls at Accrington as dusk falls on a very dreary afternoon on 29 November 2018. The dark ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2018
Sprinter 150224 comes off the speed restricted Accrington viaduct and begins to accelerate through the reverse curves heading for the next station at ...
Mark Bartlett 15/11/2018
Pacer 142031, working from Colne to Preston, runs under Penny House Lane bridge as it approaches Accrington viaduct on 15th November 2018. Older maps ...
Mark Bartlett 15/11/2018
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WCRC's 'Scarborough Spa Express' heads east at Huncoat with 40145 making a special appearance on the tour on 17 August 2017. Nice to see a Class 40 on ...
John McIntyre 17/08/2017
Sprinter 150201, working from Kirkby to Blackburn via Manchester and Todmorden, almost made an unscheduled stop at Huncoat station on 16th October ...
Mark Bartlett 16/10/2017
From 1972 onwards the tall L&YR box at Huncoat only covered the level crossing. Pacer 142042 slows to call at the station with a service for Colne on ...
Mark Bartlett 01/06/2009
Something missing here. Preston Power Box took over the East Lancashire line signalling in 1972 but Huncoat signalbox remained to cover the level ...
Mark Bartlett 16/10/2017
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No.2 (W G Bagnall 2989/1951), a Fireless 0-4-0F, lies out of use beside the tippler building at Huncoat Power Station in May 1975, leaving work in the ...
Mark Bartlett 22/05/1975
0-6-0F Huncoat No.3 (Hawthorn 3746/1929) shunts 16T coal wagons into the tippler at Huncoat Power Station. The power station, visible on the left ...
Mark Bartlett 22/05/1975
Hawthorn Fireless 0-6-0F Huncoat No.3 propels loaded 16T coal wagons into one of the tipplers in the Huncoat Power Station exchange sidings in 1975, a ...
Mark Bartlett 22/05/1975
Fireless 0-6-0 Huncoat No 3 draws coal wagons from the tippler at Huncoat Power Station between Blackburn and Burnley. Not the best quality picture ...
Mark Bartlett 22/05/1975
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156455 pulls away from the Hapton request stop while working from Colne to Preston on 10th October 2019. ...
Mark Bartlett 10/10/2019
150104 pulls away from Hapton heading for the next stop at Rose Grove with a Preston to Colne service on 10th October 2019. The M65 motorway is ...
Mark Bartlett 10/10/2019
158754 heads west through Hapton station in east Lancashire on 15 June 2010 with a York - Blackpool North service. ...
John McIntyre 15/06/2010
Looking east under the road bridge at Hapton station on 5 July as Northern Class 150 units pass on services running between Blackpool South and Colne. ...
John McIntyre 05/07/2013
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73069+73134 stand at Rose Grove West with the MRTS/SVRS 'North West Tour' on 20 April 1968 see image 29203. ...
K A Gray 20/04/1968
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An unidentified Stanier 2-8-0 standing on the withdrawn line at Rose Grove in July 1968. ...
K A Gray /07/1968
Fowler 3F 0-6-0T 47333 in the sidings alongside Rose Grove shed in June 1963. ...
K A Gray 29/06/1963
Looking refreshed after a shower of rain, Johnson 3F 0-6-0 43734 and Jinty 0-6-0T 47660 stand alongside Rose Grove shed, thought to be in early ...
K A Gray 29//1963
Ex L&Y 0-6-0 52445 of 1906 stands out of use alongside Rose Grove shed in September 1960. Official withdrawal came two months later, followed by ...
K A Gray 25/09/1960
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A York to Blackpool service passes Rose Grove on 20 March 2014. The view is west and the former Rose Grove shed was beyond the road bridge and to the ...
John McIntyre 20/03/2014
Brush Type 4 Co-Co 1842 stabled by Rose Grove East box on a summer evening in 1970. There were large marshalling yards in front of and behind the box ...
Mark Bartlett //1970
48773 at Rose Grove with the MRTS/SVRS 'Farewell to BR Steam' special on 28 July 1968. ...
K A Gray 28/07/1968
142037 on a Blackpool - Colne service calls at Rose Grove on 30 June. ...
John McIntyre 30/06/2007
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Gannow Junction is where the Colne branch diverges from the Copy Pit line. Immediately below the junction is the western portal of Gannow Tunnel (559 ...
Mark Bartlett 02/03/2013
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The rather low key entrance to Burnley Barracks, accessed from the surviving truncated section of Padiham Road, in December 2019. Originally there was ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
156464 pauses at the surviving platform, between the bridges, at Burnley Barracks on 4th December 2019, before departing towards Rose Grove with a ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
156429 climbs the steep gradient from Burnley Central to Burnley Barracks and crosses the replacement (now single track) bridge over the Leeds ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
At the time of my visit in 2010, the platform shelter at Burnley Barracks station did not afford much overhead cover. Fortunately the road bridge did ...
John McIntyre 29/07/2010
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A Colne to Blackpool South calls at Burnley Central on 08 July 2013. This station used to have two platforms and a sizeable goods yard however ...
John McIntyre 08/07/2013
Approaching the last remaining platform at Burnley Central through an avenue of trees, 142030 is on a Colne to Blackpool South service in the early ...
John McIntyre 08/07/2013
View looking south from a Sprinter crossing Burnley Viaduct as it climbs from Burnley Central See image 23301 to Burnley Barracks in December ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
Northern Pacer 142013 squeals round the tight curve beyond the platform to cross Burnley viaduct on the short sharp climb up to Burnley Barracks and ...
Mark Bartlett 16/04/2009
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A Colne to Blackpool South service, with Pacer 142016, approaches Brierfield on the afternoon of 09 July 2011. ...
John McIntyre 09/07/2011
The L&YR signal box at Brierfield in July 2008. By this date, with the line to Colne singled, the box only had two operational levers to protect the ...
Mark Bartlett 17/07/2008
156464, working from Preston to Colne pulls away from Brierfield on 4th December 2019, heading for the penultimate station at nearby Nelson. ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
View towards Burnley over the level crossing at Brierfield station in December 2019. The crossing box See image 16799 was a relatively recent ...
Mark Bartlett 04/12/2019
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A Northern Class 142 crosses the level crossing on Barkerhouse Road, Nelson as it heads to Colne on 21 October 2011. This used to be the location of ...
John McIntyre 21/10/2011
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Northern 142060 waits at the sole remaining platform at Colne on 21 October 2011. Having arrived from Blackpool South, after a few minutes lay-over it ...
John McIntyre 21/10/2011
Northern Pacer 142060 has just departed from Colne (behind the camera) as it heads west to Blackpool South on 21 October 2011. At one time this was a ...
John McIntyre 21/10/2011
142015 waits at Colne on 31 March 1992 preparing to set off for Blackpool South. The unit had recently been reallocated to the area from the ...
John McIntyre 31/03/1992
142015 and guard wait to return west to Blackpool South from the terminus at Colne on 31 March 1992. Once a busy through station to Skipton, the Colne ...
John McIntyre 31/03/1992
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