Bury Knowsley Street

The flat crossing at Bury Knowsley Street had a short life span as traffic serving the coal concentration depot at Rawtenstall came to an end fairly soon after it had been installed. To mark the closure of the route, a Rossendale Farewell Railtour was run from Manchester to Rawtenstall on 14 February 1981. The westbound 6-car DMU is seen here drawing forward towards the crossing on its outward journey having been held awaiting a suitable gap in the 15 minute frequency Bury - Manchester Victoria electric services. The flat crossing was removed not long after closure of the freight route, with the subsequent reopening of the line by the East Lancashire Railway resulting in the construction of its famous ski jump at this point, over what are now Metrolink tracks.

Location: Bury Knowsley Street

Company: Liverpool and Bury Railway (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)

Photographer: Mark Bartlett

Make contact: Mark Bartlett

Date: 14/02/1981

Image number: 21453


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