Ribble Valley Rail's

Quarterly Magazine





(Gallery 1)


Updated 16 Mar 2016


RVRNews 112

B. Haworth

A four-car set heads a Clitheroe-Manchester service

over Langho Bridge January 2016










RVRNews 111

B. Haworth

Autumn colours are showing

as a class 150 unit heads down Langho Bank

on a late November afternoon service

from Manchester.










RVRNews 110

Brian Haworth

A Clitheroe-Manchester service rolls across Whalley Viaduct

on 4th June 2015

and is reflected in the flooded field below,

the aftermath of heavy rain the previous day.










RVRNews 109

Ken Roberts

Stephen Cornish watches on as Mayor, John Travis,

cuts the first sod for Clitheroe Station

on 5 January 1993










RVRNews 108

B. Haworth

A snow-covered Pendle Hill

as a back drop and with a clear road signalled,

a class 153/150 combination departs Langho

with a late afternoon Manchester /Clitheroe service

February 2015










RVRNews 107

B. Haworth

Class 150, 150136, rolls into Darwen

with the 09-44 service from Clitheroe to Manchester

on Wednesday 3rd December 2014

with a good crowd of passengers waiting to board.










RVRNews 106

Marjorie Birch & Brian Haworth receiving their Joint Award

for the Community Rail Lancashire’s

‘Young Person’s Passport to Safe Travel’

presented at the ACoRP Gala Dinner

held at the Spa, Scarborough on 4 October 2014

Presenting the award is Alex Hynes,

Managing Director of Northern Rail










RVRNews 105

B. Haworth

Class 70 70002 is pictured paired with 66135

heading through Langho

with 1Z30, an Eastleigh / Carlisle excursion,

on 21 June 2014











RVRNews 104

B. Haworth

Passengers de-train at Hellifield

from the Ribble Valley Rambler service

on Sunday 12th January 2014


The class 156 had suffered a thirty-minute late arrival

due to a points failure










RVRNews 103

B. Haworth

153378 in Movember 13 mood at Blackburn Station










RVRNews 102

B. Haworth

On what was a beautiful summer morning, Thursday 18th July 2013,

a class 150 unit rolls across Whalley Viaduct,

heading the 08:26 Clitheroe /Manchester Victoria service.










RVRNews 101

B. Haworth

Ex LMS Stanier Jubilee Class No. 45699, ‘Galatea

storms up Langho Bank on 14 May 2013

hauling 5Z50, a Carnforth to Carnforth circular test train.










RVRNews 100

The Front Cover of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times Special Edition,

published in May 1994,

just after the service between Clitheroe and Blackburn

was re-introduced










RVRNews 99

B. Haworth

Colas Rail’s class 66, 66848's livery blends well

with Craig Ward’s colourful tulips

as it advances towards the summit of the bank

at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire

heading 6J37

a Carlisle to Chirk 'logs' train

on 6 June 2012










RVRNews 98

B. Haworth

Britannia Pacific 70013, 'Oliver Cromwell'

darkens the sky as it storms up Langho Bank

with “The Cumbrian Mountain Express”

on 31 March 2012











RVRNews 97
Peter Moore
(1936 - 2012)










RVRNews 96

W. Briggs


in need of repair,

being surveyed by Network Rail engineers

on 12 July 2011.

The level of settlement of Pier 34

is causing some concern,


and remedial work, planned for 2012/13

is to be brought forward to November 2011.













RVRNews 95

Network Rail


Work is due to start after the commencement of the

Summer timetable (22 May 2011)










RVRNews 94

B. Haworth


Near “white-out” conditions at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire on 7 January 2011

as 150148 takes the 11.55 departure for Blackburn and stations

to Manchester Victoria,


under Ramsgreave Road Bridge,

and into the teeth of the blizzard.











RVRNews 93

B. Haworth


The evening sun highlights the front end of class 55 Deltic 55022,

The Royal Scots Grey,

as it powers up Langho Bank with a Branch Line Society charter

on Sunday 10 October 2010.










RVRNews 92

S. Clarke


A Castle Cement road tanker on the A59

is about to cross Mitton Road Bridge

as an unidentified Freightliner Class 66 heads 6M11,

a loaded heavy-haul, Hunterson - Fiddlers Ferry coal train

over Whalley Viaduct

at 12:41 on 28 May 2010










RVRNews 88

W. Briggs


Almost effortlessly, and with minimal exhaust,

ex-LMS “Jubilee”, 5690 Leander,

hauls The Fellsman excursion

through Langho station


in the early evening of Wednesday 19th August 2009.





W. Briggs


Eshton Terrace is closed to road vehicles


as RVR Committee Member, Dean Weaver,

photographs the brand new Freightliner-liveried Class 66,

66956, slowly hauling

a long rake of ballast wagons northwards

over Low Moor Level Crossing

on 13 November 2008.


The UP road has already been lifted and dug out

ready for re-ballasting and track relaying.



S. Clarke


RVR Committee member, Ken Roberts,

aided and abetted by Brian Haworth,

enjoys the spotlight

at the Association of

Community Rail Partnerships Awards

in Plymouth.


RVR’s octogenarian photographer,

Ramsgreave & Wilpshire’s “Station Master”,


was placed third

in the Outstanding Volunteer Contribution category.











R Allison


“Black 5” 45156 (formerly Ayrshire Yeomanry)

waits in the Castle Field loop,

just north of Low Moor crossing,


for the Carlisle - Oldham freight to pass

before completing the final steam-shunt to Clitheroe.



2 August 1968




M. Ford




With shiny buffers to match its shiny load, 37401

enjoyed a day out on RV metals on 18 March 2008

when it delivered the brand new cement tankers

to Horrocksford prior to the new service



Running as 6Z50, the venerable machine

cuts a fine sight at Brownhill

as it hauls the rake of shiny new tanks

towards Horrocksford.











B. Haworth

Standard Pacific, 71000, Duke of Gloucester,

descends Langho Bank

with a steam charter in October 2004.




G. Dudley

RVR member, Gordon Wilson,

continues watering the flowers


as 150222 rolls in with a

Manchester - Clitheroe service in July 2004.











W. Briggs

Through a break in the sleet,

Virgin-liveried Class 57, 57305, towing 90006,


brings the diverted Euston - Glasgow Central, 1S63,

into Blackburn station, on time,


Sunday 2nd February 2003.


B. Haworth

An unidentified Class 40 rolls into Blackburn

with a summer Saturdays-only

Yorkshire - Blackpool North


in the early 1970s











B. Haworth

Photographed on 18 May 1998,

ex-British Steel Corporation 0-4-0 Diesel Shunter

is captured stored, unserviceable,


beneath the discharge hopper, which itself has not seen use

since the cessation of rail-borne cement traffic


in December 1992.


E. Buckley

7306, "Jeff Tracy", hauling Pendolino set 390037

Virgin Difference,

on the 1S40 Euston - Glasgow


heads northwards towards Langho Station

as 390035, City of Lancaster,

hauled by 57308, Tin Tin,

on the 1M14 Glasgow - Euston

disappears into the distance.


The photograph was taken from the safety of the steps

leading to the foot-crossing

approximately 1/4 mile south of Langho Station

on Saturday 21st January2006.












J. Matthews

Class 40, 40103, drifts past Bolton West Jct.

with a short train of parcel vans for Red Bank sidings.


On the left,

the 09:52 Manchester (Vic) - Glasgow/Edinburgh

departs - circa 1980.




E. Buckley

Virgin (almost!) HST set 43067, with 43122 on the rear,

crossing Swanside Viaduct, Downham,

on the diverted Penzance to Edinburgh (1S71)

on Saturday, 6 March 1999.


Langho Driver, Norman Cookson, is at the controls.













The New Freckleton Street Bridge

a computer - generated artist’s impression.


Photo: Courtesy of Mike Cliffe,

Principal Transport Planner,

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council


B. Haworth

Black Five and Standard head 1Z40 “The Residential”

south up Langho Bank,


captured passing Mytton Fold Golf Course

on 30 June 2001












W. Briggs

In the morning rush hour at Bromley Cross Station,


local High School pupils pour off 150271,

the 08.27 (08.00 ex-Man Vic) Northern service

to Clitheroe,

on 15 June 2006.


W. Briggs

"Tenth Anniversary Celebrations"

of the re-opening of the line

between Blackburn and Clitheroe in 1994.


Founder RVR Members, David Butterworth,

Peter Moore,and the late Ron Birch,


with the Town Crier of Clitheroe.












B. Haworth

Seen here at Preston,

the Network Rail “Yellow Peril” track-recording unit,

a converted Class 101 DMU,

whose data led to the imposition of the ESRs and TSRs

on the Ribble Valley Line,

and, subsequently, the temporary suspension

of the Morecambe service.


B. Haworth

On a cold January afternoon in 2008,

RVL “celebrity” unit, 150149.

crosses the picturesque, but rarely photographed,

Primrose Viaduct,

which carries the line over Standen Brook,

just south of Clitheroe.


The 120 ft long viaduct was originally built

with seven stone arches and a wooden centre span,

which was replaced by three more stone arches

in 1870.












E. Buckley

47770 on 1Z64 Mills Hill - Edinburgh

Special Day Excursion

on 18 April 1998



K. Roberts

Ramsgreave & Wilpshire Station

late Summer 2001












B. Haworth

The above photograph of Langho station,

featured on the front cover of RVRNews 57,

epitimises a country station at this period of time.


In the past, the country station

was the focal point of the village it served,

but over the years, as road traffic grew,

and with a certain deadly doctor

wielding his closure notices,


the traditional country station was lost for ever.



C. Carr

D345 works 1Z341 through Clitheroe

on 12 July 2003







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