60009 by John Morris (Nikon D700 with 24-85mm lens.)
Taken last week at (a steam special) coming through Wigan NW.
Comment by Ken R on 20th May 2013 at 00:07
Great photo, wishing I was there.
Comment by Skellon, Sydney on 20th May 2013 at 06:39
Fantastic photo: brings back memories of train-spotting at Whitley Crossing in the 1950s. See comments in "I Remember" the Steam Trains.
Comment by Helen on 20th May 2013 at 07:55
Didn't our steam engines look sleek & fast compared with old continental engines with all the pipework showing.
Comment by Helen on 20th May 2013 at 08:59
Skellon, I just realised your comment must have referred to the 'crossing' my sister & I used to go to from my grandparents house in St Clements Rd. I found the rail line again a while ago while visiting Wigan, houses all the way to it...& beside it. No standing on the wooden fence these days & watch a train thunder by !
Comment by cullie on 20th May 2013 at 09:22
nice one john i was there filming it at the top of platform 4. you may be in my shot lol.
Comment by RON HUNT on 20th May 2013 at 09:34
UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA
Comment by Kath Pressey on 20th May 2013 at 09:41
I can smell it from here! :-)
Comment by Lizzie down under on 20th May 2013 at 11:57
Great picture John....love steam trains....cheers!!!
Comment by RON HUNT on 20th May 2013 at 13:54
Been down to Wembley a couple of times recently on the train. 2 hours.. BRILLIANT BUT.... I would still rather have gone down on a steam train taking 4 or 5 hours....
Comment by Eddie P on 20th May 2013 at 13:57
I think the next steam train through Wigan will be 27th Jly - 17th. Aug. 08.00 Northbound 19.40 Southbound
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 20th May 2013 at 14:30
Union of South Africa ( loco 60009, originally 4488 ) was built in Doncaster in 1937, has been fitted with 14 boilers and had 5 tenders (per Wikipedia).
Comment by cullie on 20th May 2013 at 15:59
the nxt steam train through wigan is from southport to somewhere in wales 29th may due in wigan wallgate at 0900hrs i think its a black 5 on it
Comment by John Morris on 20th May 2013 at 16:49
Thanks for the comment everyone. cullie the train on the 29th May is going to be hauled by a diesel due to "locomotive availability issues". That means they've cocked up and haven't got an engine to you and me.
Comment by MalLeather on 20th May 2013 at 18:11
So many memories of spotting at Whitley crossing in the fifties. Lived at Spencer Road West. Many youngsters there all looking for The Green Howards which I never did manage to see. Thanks for reminding me of some great times.
Comment by Ray Dwyer on 20th May 2013 at 18:41
Is this a 'Brittania' class train? I seem to remember they had distinctive numbers.
Comment by Bill Eatock on 20th May 2013 at 18:47
Comment by owdkewyed on 20th May 2013 at 19:41
No it's not a 'Brit' class Ray, it's an A4 the same class as 'Mallard' the one that holds the world record for the fastest steam train.
Comment by Colin Harlow on 20th May 2013 at 20:36
Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the LNER A4 4-6-2 Pacific, her famous sister Mallard holds the fastest steam locomotive record of 126 MPH in 1933...still unbroken to this day.
Comment by Norm Skellon, Sydney Australia on 21st May 2013 at 01:21
Mal Leather: are you related to Susan Leather who I knew when train-spotting at Whitley Crescent in the 1950s?
Comment by Mal Leather on 21st May 2013 at 09:12
Norm, I have a niece called Susan but she did not live in Wigan although the Leather name is very much Lancashire and North Cheshire.However, she may have been a relative as Wigan was home to many of the Leather family. Susan now lives in Quesnel BC
Comment by Jean F (Wales) Nee Smith on 21st May 2013 at 21:16
Well, Skrllon,helen and mel,I too uesd to go "over the fields" (as we used to say) to the whitley crossing in the good old 50`s They really did thunder past there.happy days.
Comment by michael Australia Melbourne on 22nd May 2013 at 02:49
I was train spotting at trains at Whitley crossing in the early 50s.flatening pennys on the rail line.great times hi to another wiganer in SYDNEY.
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