East Lancashire Railway
The East Lancashire Railway has been a place of railcar interest for many years, with a diverse selection of types resident at various times. Derby Lightweights and Wickham Railbuses along with classes 101, 104, 105, 108, 110, 117, 121 and 122 have all been on the line, and several are still there today.
The railway opened in 1987 between Bury and Ramsbottom, with a northward extension from Ramsbottom-Rawtenstall in 1991 followed by an eastward extension from Bury-Heywood in 2003. It is now 12 miles long with six stations.
The railway is arguably one of the most pro-diesel in the UK with plenty of work for both diesel locomotives and DMUs all year round. The DMUs see use particularly during the week in the summer holidays and on winter weekends.
The most notable set based here is the only surviving Class 105 2-car set, which is having a complete rebuild which has been ongoing since 1997. When completed, the vehicles should be one of the finest restorations to date.
The East Lancashire Railway hosted the Annual Railcar Convention in 2001, with a 110 3-car set in operation.