In the DOWN direction, the line rises gently all the way from Bury to Ramsbottom. This section is track circuited throughout with movements into section controlled using direction levers and communication between Bury South and Ramsbottom signal boxes. The ELR's newest station at Burrs Country Park Station provides direct access to the Caravan Park and local leisure facilities.
Irwell Vale Section
In the DOWN direction, the line continues to rise gently all the way from Ramsbottom to Rawtenstall, the Northerly terminus of the line. This section is controlled by train staff or token, collected as the train departs and passes Ramsbottom Signal Box.
The most challenging part of the ELR! This section is controlled by train staff or token, collected as the train passes Bury South Box. Outside Bury the line rises and falls steeply (1/36 and 1/41) to cross the Manchester Metrolink then, after a brief respite, Broadfield Bank begins with a little over 1.5 miles at 1/85, softening to 1/254 before reaching Heywood.
All services originate and end back at Bury Bolton Street. Please check relevant timetable details to avoid becoming stranded at other stations. Please note Heywood Station car park is often locked before the last train departs for Bury.
Parking is available at or near most stations, next to the station in Bury is Pay and Display. The details shown are for information only, no liability is accepted for parking charges or damage to/theft of vehicles or contents.