Heatwave brings out East Lancashire diesels

THE East Lancashire Railway’s (ELR) ‘summer diesel spectacular’ was intended to be for three days, July 6-8.

However, the long spell of hot weather resulted in a high level of lineside fire risk with a steam ban imposed from July 1 until further notice. An all-diesel service was run during this period, for which the ELR apologised.

A pair of green Class 25s head 1J66, the 15.26 Rawtenstall-Heywood, at Springfield Farm on July 6, the first day of the East Lancashire Railway’s summer diesel gala. Leading is resident No. D7629, with No. D5185 behind, visiting from the Great Central Railway. TOM McATEE

More than 800 enthusiasts attended the three-day event, which included guest locos Nos. D5185, 33103 and 40012 Aureol.

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