Accrington, Burnley and Colne Branch (East Lancashire Railway)






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Clitheroe services pass at Blackburn on 14th February 2018. Both trains had three coaches, formed of a Class 150/2 and a 153. That on the left in ...
Mark Bartlett 14/02/2018
A Blackpool North to York service leaves Blackburn station on 16th June 2017, heading towards the tunnel. The very useful Railway Codes website ...
Mark Bartlett 16/06/2017
Pacer 142041 leaves Blackburn with a Colne to Preston stopping service on 14th February 2018. This is probably the unit's last full year of ...
Mark Bartlett 14/02/2018
Plaques adorning Blackburn station, August 2014. ...
John Yellowlees 02/08/2014

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


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

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


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


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
From a fairly humble access, at a point where the railway line originally crossed Nuttall Street on a bridge, the Hyndburn Greenway forms a rural ...
Mark Bartlett 16/10/2017

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
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
Huncoat on 1st June 2009, but from the same viewpoint that I was stood at in 1972, [See image 19324] looking towards Hapton and Rose Grove showing the ...
Mark Bartlett 01/06/2009


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
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
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
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

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
General view of Hapton station from the overbridge looking towards Huncoat and Accrington as 158754 approaches on a Blackpool North to York service. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/05/2008
Northern Rail has really tidied up the East Lancashire stations recently. This is Hapton looking towards Rose Grove as 142003 pulls in on a Colne to ...
Mark Bartlett 08/05/2008

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

An unidentified Stanier 2-8-0 standing on the withdrawn line at Rose Grove in July 1968. ...
K A Gray /07/1968
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
Fowler 3F 0-6-0T 47333 in the sidings alongside Rose Grove shed in June 1963. ...
K A Gray 29/06/1963

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

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

In a cutting surrounded on all sides by high walls and bridge parapets Burnley Barracks is not an easy station to photograph. Once staffed it is now ...
Mark Bartlett 29/09/2011


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
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
An East Lancashire shadow of its former self. Although Burnley Central is still staffed, it is an ugly 1960's building. The down platform has ...
Mark Bartlett 16/04/2009


Brierfield looking to Colne from the level crossing. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/09/2007
A Class 142 unit calls at Brierfield station with a service to
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John McIntyre 09/07/2011
Gate-box to the Burnley side of Brierfield on the Colne line in October 2007. The box closed in 2014 and was demolished. ...
Ewan Crawford 07/10/2007
Opened as Marsden but renamed Brierfield in 1857. The 1876 signal box survived for a long time to operate the full barrier crossing, which is on a ...
Mark Bartlett 17/07/2008



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
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
Looking towards the buffers at Colne with a Class 142 waiting to head west back to Blackpool on 21 October 2011. The fence line is running along what ...
John McIntyre 21/10/2011