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24054/D5054 Phil Southern
Status: Operational
Livery: BR Green
Running Number: D5054
Built: 1959 BR Crewe
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: British Thomson-Houston
Power Unit: Sulzer 6LDA28
Power Output: 1160 HP
Max Speed: 75 MPH
Train Brakes: Vacuum Only
Train Heating: Steam Boiler (Isolated)
Weight: 79 Tons
Length: 50' 6"
Height: 12' 8"
Width: 8' 10"
D5054 is one of just four preserved examples from the original 151 strong fleet of locos and was amongst the first Diesel locomotives to be based at Bury, arriving in 1987. Livery wise, D5054 ran for many years in a non-standard BR Black scheme, had a short period in Load Haul and the current British Railways Green.
Phil Southern
Phil Southern was an early member of the ELR going back to the original base at Helmshore. When the ELR moved to Bury he became a director of the Railway responsible for electrical maintenance and projects.

Phil was one of the pioneers who got the Bury to Rawtenstall line re-opened for passenger service for both steam and diesel. Naturally he was a member of the Bury Type 2 Group and sadly was the first member to pass away. It was thought by the majority of the group that D5054 should carry his name in memory of Phil and his great works at the ELR.

The 24 has always been a solid performer but is currently stopped and undergoing a major overhaul including work to the main generator, proactive maintenance rather than the result of a failure. Other projects and operational demands have slowed progress on 5054 but the generator and power unit are nearly ready to be split so that the former can be sent away for overhaul.

As of mid-July 2014, D5054 was transported by road to Barrow Hill for the generator to be split from the power unit and sent away for overhaul. Arranging this work proved difficult and, as of early 2017, the loco returned to Bury.

Since arriving home, the generator and traction motors were sent away for overhaul, cleaning and service and meanwhile, various work was undertaken on the locomotive including the bogies, power unit and general maintenance. Following a full repaint, D5054 was relaunched to traffic at the Sulzer Theme Day on Saturday 16th of February 2019 plus additional running on Sunday the 17th with 33109.
ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Jubilee Weekend Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th
and Sunday 5th June
LYR / LNWR Centenery Event Saturday 18th and
Sunday 19th June
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 30th June, Friday 1st
and Saturday 2nd July
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 6th and
Sunday 7th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and
Sunday 18th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 1st and
Sunday 2nd October
DMU Weekend Saturday 12th and
Sunday 13th November

Covid Safety
Whilst Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, the ELR encourage passengers observe sensible social distancing precautions. See the ELR Website for the latest details.

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.