East Lancashire Railway

Introduction

This railway was opened between Clifton (Manchester) and Rawtenstall. The company went on to expand greatly.

In 1859 the company was absorbed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

The southern portion of the original line between Clifton (Manchester) and Radcliffe North Junction (both excluded) is closed.

North of Bury the line is preserved, following closure by British Railways in 1980, and re-opening in 1987 as the East Lancashire Railway.






Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.



This is a disused thirteen arch double track viaduct north of Clifton Junction [Station] [Manchester] which crosses the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal and the River Irwell.
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Class 14 D9531 waits to take a train to Ramsbottom during an early ELR diesel gala in July 1990. 24 years later this same loco, still an ELR resident, ...
Mark Bartlett /07/1990
Visiting 8F 2-8-0 48624 climbs up the steeply graded curve from Bury Knowsley St to Bolton St with a train from Heywood to Rawtenstall on 25th March ...
Mark Bartlett 25/03/2017
Tucked away in a siding behind Bury South signal box, former Southampton Docks Ruston & Hornsby shunter 07013 awaits attention. This 275hp DE 0-6-0 ...
Mark Bartlett 25/03/2017
Interior of Bury South signal box taken during a supervised visit on 25th March 2017 with kind permission of the ELR. This view looks south along the ...
Mark Bartlett 25/03/2017


Tottington Junction was the point where the Holcombe Brook branch left the Bury to Ramsbottom line and there was a signal box situated by the ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011


This is a single platform station on the East Lancashire Railway [Preserved].
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Severn Valley based GWR 0-6-0ST 813 was a visitor to the ELR Small Engines 2017 gala and is seen here approaching Summerseat with the first train on ...
Mark Bartlett 03/06/2017
Ex-British Railways London Midland Region running-in board at Summerseat station on the East Lancashire Railway, on 5th April 2016, seen from Bury ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
In addition to two train sets running between Heywood and Rawtenstall the 2017 ELR Small Engines Weekend also featured a variety of shunting locos ...
Mark Bartlett 03/06/2017
DC Rail Freight sent two of their Class 56 locos to the 2019 ELR Summer Diesel Gala. This is 56103 coming off Summerseat Viaduct and slowing for the ...
Mark Bartlett 05/07/2019

BRC&W Type 3 33035, a visitor to the ELR 2019 Summer Diesel Gala, coasts slowly off the viaduct at Summerseat approaching Brooksbottom Tunnel. It is ...
Mark Bartlett 05/07/2019
Green liveried 40106, now named Atlantic Conveyor, crosses Summerseat Viaduct heading north during the ELR Class 40s at 60 Gala on 14th ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2018
40135 looks immaculate as it crosses Summerseat Viaduct and approaches the south portal of Brooksbottom tunnel heading for Ramsbottom during the ELR ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2018
09024 cuts a rather lonely figure as it proceeds light engine over the River Irwell on Summerseat Viaduct on 4th November 2017. The shunter was making ...
Mark Bartlett 04/11/2017

40013 Andania visited the ELR for the Class 40s at 60 gala. The pristine green machine is seen emerging from Brooksbottom tunnel near ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2018

EE Type 4 50015 Valiant runs south through the cutting between Nuttall and Brooksbottom tunnels hauling a Ramsbottom to Bury shuttle service ...
Mark Bartlett 14/04/2018
DMU driver's eye view of the south portal of Nuttall Tunnel on the East Lancashire Railway. The train is in the short cutting between Nuttall and the ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011

Ex-BR standard class 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80080, with an East Lancashire Railway service from Bury Bolton Street to Rawtenstall, taking on water at ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
Ramsbottom signal box and level crossing, just to the north of the station, East Lancashire Railway, on 5th April 2016. ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
After the mid-day East Lancashire Railway train from Rawtenstall to Bury Bolton Street has gone on its way, Ramsbottom station lapses back into ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
A peek inside ex-BR standard class tank loco no. 80080 during a thirst-quenching stop at Ramsbottom station, East Lancashire Railway, on 5th April ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016


East Lancashire Railway train from Bury Bolton Street to Rawtenstall passing the disused Stubbins station, looking back south towards Bury, on 5th ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
The widening trackbed indicates this was Stubbins Junction where the Accrington line diverged from that to Rawtenstall and Bacup, although the station ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011
Although it has never reopened in the preservation era the platforms at Stubbins are still intact and it has changed little from the pictures taken at ...
Mark Bartlett 13/12/2008
Last train of the day and the last week of operation on the Rawtenstall branch. The sun is setting on the Irwell Valley as a Cravens DMU heads north ...
Mark Bartlett 29/05/1972

Irwell Vale station on the East Lancashire Railway, seen from Bury Bolton Street to Rawtenstall train looking back towards Bury, on 5th April 2016. ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
Enthusiasts listen to the twin Maybach engines of Warship D832 'Onslaught' as it runs towards Irwell Vale during the 2019 ELR Summer Diesel ...
Mark Bartlett 05/07/2019
Harry Needle EE Type 1s 20311 and 20314 were guests at the ELR 2019 Summer Diesel Gala. Here the orange pair double head a Heywood to Rawtenstall ...
Mark Bartlett 05/07/2019
Visiting from the Worth Valley Railway, Spam Can West Country 4-6-2 34092 City of Wells slows to call at Irwell Vale whilst running ...
Mark Bartlett 19/08/2017

The dilapidated old wooden goods shed at Ewood Bridge in March 2017, as seen from a passing train on the East Lancashire Railway. The goods yard ...
Mark Bartlett 26/03/2017
Peak Class 1Co-Co1 45108 passes the closed station at Ewood Bridge & Edenfield with a train from Rawtenstall on 11th February 2017. In the ...
Mark Bartlett 11/02/2017
The old goods shed at Ewood Bridge & Edenfield is still (just) standing. From the goods yard entrance as seen here it doesn't look too run down but ...
Mark Bartlett 11/02/2017
The remains of Ewood Bridge and Edenfield station, as seen from the rear of a passing ELR DMU heading for Bury. The station closed in 1972, with the ...
Mark Bartlett 01/01/2011

Having completed the run-round manouevre, 80080 is now waiting to depart from Rawtenstall station with the return train to Bury Bolton Street on the ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80080 running round at Rawtenstall station, East Lancashire Railway, on 5th April 2016. ...
David Bosher 05/04/2016
Class 40 D335 runs round its train at Rawtenstall on 1st February 1992. Rawtenstall station had been reopened the previous April. The EE Type 4 had ...
Mark Bartlett 01/02/1992
LMS Hughes Crab 13065 standing in the rain at Rawenstall on 20 June 2015. ...
Peter Todd 20/06/2015