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ISBN: 9781906887667
AUTHOR: Mike & Karl Heath
Spirit of the East Lancashire Railway
Spirit of the East Lancashire Railway
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The Manchester, Bury and Rossendale Railway was established in 1844 to serve the cotton mills in the Irwell Valley.Two years later it became the East Lancashire Railway and that title lasted until 1859 when the company was absorbed into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

Today the name lives on as the preservation society that has restored the section from Bury, to Rawtenstall in the heart of Rossendale at the northern end of the IrwellValley, and to Heywood in an easterly direction.The line passes over high viaducts, through long tunnels and along a wonderfully varied countryside where a legacy of industrial architecture is set amongst a landscape of busy market towns, quiet riverside woodland and grazing meadows, with rugged moorland fells above.

In a relatively short preservation lifetime, assisted by the local authorities, the society has re-opened these lines, restored or totally rebuilt the infrastructure and created an attractive 12-mile long preserved railway that has attracted a great variety of steam locomotives, from all over the country, to haul their trains.

Living only a few miles from Bury, Mike Heath has been able to make regular visits to record the line at work, and many of the locomotives that have visited, throughout all seasons day and night. In his latest pocket size album Mike and his son Karl have sought to show the reasons for the railway’s success and introduce those unfamiliar with the area to the wonderfully varied landscape that surrounds it.

For well over 25 years Mike Heath has enjoyed combining his hobbies of photography and visiting preserved railways all over Britain. In that time he has amassed a vast collection of stunning photographs covering all aspects of the railways across all four seasons, day and night. From a very early age his younger son Karl, now 23, has shared his enthusiasm for both steam and photography and has himself built up an equally impressive portfolio.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 906887 66 7, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2010.

The East Lancashire RailwayThe East Lancashire Railway - £14.99
In this photographic journey Mike Heath has sought to show the reasons for the preserved East Lancashire Railway’s success and introduce those unfamiliar with the area to the wonderfully varied landscape that surrounds it.
East Lancashire Railway by NightEast Lancashire Railway by Night - £14.99
Mike Heath's stunning portfolio of atmospheric night time scenes featuring many of Britain’s most famous preserved steam locomotives suspended in a railway time warp as today’s 21st century backgrounds are cloaked in darkness.
Web Price: £4.99
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