Sunday, February 24, 2013

Steam, steam and more steam

Seventh heaven! I had been to the East Lancashire Railway before, see here, but I made a return trip on Saturday for the first day of their Steam Weekend and Transport Collectors' Fair. What an interesting and exciting day!

Early morning at Bury's Bolton Street station. Making lots of smoke and steam is 80080, a BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4 tank, dating from the 1950s. I remember locos like this well as they served many of the suburban lines around Glasgow when I was growing up. 

Black 5 (ie LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0) 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier' was built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1937. LNER Class K1 2-6-0 62005 'Lord of the Isles' was built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow in 1949, and is the only one of seventy to survive in preservation. A visitor to the ELR from the North York Moors Railway. Four years ago 62005 featured in my very own 'Great Train Chase', see here. This time there was plenty opportunity to study this lovely locomotive in detail ...

... and indeed to ride behind her. Here the locomotive is running round at Heywood, one end of the ELR line. 

Here's a better photo of 45407.

There were lots of stalls on the platforms and over in the nearby Bury Transport Museum. There was a lively atmosphere - despite the cold weather. Lots of enthusiasts riding the trains and taking photographs, and friendly volunteers.

This old LNWR Class G2 is a fascinating 0-8-0 steam locomotive. Sixty of these were built at Crewe in 1921–1922. This one (49395) is the only one of the class to have survived into preservation.

LNER Class K4 61994 'The Great Marquess' with admirers at Bury. It was built in Doncaster in 1938.

Just six of the K4 class were built to work the West Highland Line in Scotland. 61994 is the only survivor.

An arrival at Rawtenstall, the northern end of the ELR line! 80080 is on the front, and there's another engine as a banker.

It's a Jinty! LMS Fowler 3F 0-6-0T. Some 422 were built between 1924 and 1930, and nine survive in preservation. This is ELR's own 47324, running as 47584.

This was another visitor to the ELR yesterday - GNR Class N2, an 0-6-2T side tank locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley. More than 100 were built, and one, No. 4744 which carried the BR number 69523, survives to preservation on the Great Central Railway. It was built at the North British Locomotive Works in Glasgow in 1920. Here it is running round at Rawtenstall.

Photos © Skip Cottage.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these Bob - greatly enjoyed but - in your spare time - can you work out how to make the real steam smell go along with them?

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