|Transmission:||Wilson SE4, 4-Speed|
|Power Unit:||Gardner 6L3|
|Power Output:||153 HP|
|Max Speed:||14½ MPH|
A similar loco was built in 1958 for BR Departmental usage and was initially numbered 81. After D2956 had been withdrawn, 81 took the number D2956 which has caused some confusion over the years however, the locomotive based at Bury is the original D2956 and despite carrying the works plate for Barclay No397, is actually No398 of 1956 .. all very confusing!
D2956 doesn't have any train brake capacity but has been temporarily fitted with through vacuum piping on occasion allowing it to be used for haulage. The loco's most recent passenger working was at the April 2011 Small Engines Event and it remains extremely rare as a haulage machine.
Having been used for many years as Castlecroft Yard Pilot, D2956 is currently stored, effectively operational in Baron Street Shed and is cared for by a couple of Volunteers as an ongoing project. With 0-4-0 wheel arrangement and wheelbase of just 6' 0" giving the loco a 'Go anywhere' BR Route Availability of 1, it is still a very useful machine for the tight curves especially on the approaches to Bury Transport Museum, when required.
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.
|Day Out with Thomas||Saturday 30th September and
Sunday 1st October
|Autumn Steam Gala||Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and
Sunday 15th October
|Halloween Ghost Trains||Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and
Saturday 28th October
|DMU Weekend||Saturday 18th and
Sunday 19th November
|Santa Specials||Saturday 25th November
to Sunday 24th December
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.