Wigan Wallgate by Thomas Walsh (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Taken from King Street West.
Comment by Lizzie down under on 5th February 2014 at 09:25
Nice picture Thomas....nice to see the sunshine....cheers!!!
Comment by Colin Harlow on 5th February 2014 at 09:34
Northern Rail class 156 super sprinter awaits departure to Ince, Hindley and so on. A much better train in terms of comfort and ride than the silly 142 Pacers used on the same line. Nice wiew of Wigan Wallgate Station, Thomas.
Comment by Garry on 5th February 2014 at 09:52
You can't beat the sight and sound of steam trains. Colin, this train is heading towards Manchester!
Comment by Bradshaws Girl on 5th February 2014 at 10:23
Memories of steam trains and days out to Southport. Thanks Thomas.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 5th February 2014 at 10:42
Tom; That wall on the left is very tall: have you got a tall pair of step ladders?
"1848 The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) opened the line between Liverpool and Lostock Junction (west of Bolton on the Manchester to Preston line) on 20 November 1848. The original L&YR station at Wigan was located east of the current station, closer to the London & North Western Railway (L&NWR) station. The early train services on the line ran to Liverpool, Bolton, Bury and Manchester.
1855 The railway opened between Wigan and Southport on 9 April 1855. Wigan's L&YR station was then relocated to a position west of where Wallgate station is today."
The older trains that Northern Rail have are used on this line. To travel on a Northern Rail air-conditioned train you have to go to Leeds from Manchester Victoria.
Comment by Garry on 5th February 2014 at 11:02
Not sunshine today Lizzie, It's hardly stopped raining since the new-year. The wind is really bad 80 MPH, Somerset is the worst in the UK at the minute. What's the weather like were you are Lizzie?
Comment by Dave Marsh on 5th February 2014 at 11:30
Takes me back to time I would be catching the early steam train to Manchester in 1958,off to work at Belle Vue Zoo.Happy days and good travelling companions.
Comment by aitch on 5th February 2014 at 15:37
while I didn't work on that line, I always wondered what the noise was like in the offices and shops that the trains passed under on a quite regular basis in the 50s and early 60s
Comment by Alan on 5th February 2014 at 15:56
There used to be another line at the side of this dmu, when did it get lifted, where did it go. One for Cullie.
Comment by Ken R on 5th February 2014 at 16:50
I can't resist this. Is this Thomas's Tank Engine???
Comment by david on 5th February 2014 at 17:10
I like the composition!
Comment by Anne on 5th February 2014 at 17:38
Ernest, there is a small convenient railing to stand on.
Comment by Fred Mason on 5th February 2014 at 17:57
The last time I was on that platform was to go to Southport for a day trip with my parents in the fifties. That was almost sixty years ago and the trains were,of course, steam trains.
What a difference. This photo is wonderful, Thomas. Thanks, mate.
Comment by ann21 on 5th February 2014 at 18:38
Where is Cullie
Comment by Garry on 5th February 2014 at 18:43
Can't see a tank engine, Ken R, where's the "CONECTION"....lol
Comment by Fred Mason on 5th February 2014 at 21:46
Platform 1...Wigan to Southport
Platform 2...Wigan to Manchester
Comment by Loz on 5th February 2014 at 23:47
Alan, the 'fast' line has been lifted, not sure when, someone on here will know.
Comment by Colin Harlow on 6th February 2014 at 09:37
Platform 1...to Pemberton through to kirkby aswell. Fred.
Comment by Lizzie down under on 6th February 2014 at 18:51
Send a little rain please we are parched....South Australia ....30-40C......not nice at all....cheers sort of.... :)
Comment by Colin Harlow on 6th February 2014 at 20:54
That sounds like a good exchange, Lizzie. I wish....
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