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 Photo-a-Day      (Saturday, 23rd May, 2015) Views: 2,886 
The 12:45 to Bolton
 The 12:45 to Bolton   by John Morris  (Fujifilm X Pro1)
Arriving at Wallgate station.

Comment by Derek Platt on 23rd May 2015 at 02:34
Great photo, but you can't beat the old steam trains for atmosphere. I don't rccognize buildings anymore but is the train going to or coming from Bolton. I used to travel the same train to Thornleigh College.


Comment by Scholes Malc on 23rd May 2015 at 07:01
is that Wallgate?


Comment by Mick on 23rd May 2015 at 07:12
I cant see the driver


Comment by cullie on 23rd May 2015 at 10:01
these are the worst units ever when were working on the tracks and they pass us you get covered in human waste northern rail need to get shut of them and invest in new rolling stock


Comment by Alex on 23rd May 2015 at 10:04
It's just a bus on rails...you can't beat the sound, smell of a steam engine in all it's glory.
Good shot John, but these don't appeal to me.


Comment by Alex on 23rd May 2015 at 12:18
Cullie their NOT the worst units ever...those silly looking pacers are the worst ever ride, based on a Leyland bus.


Comment by Andy on 23rd May 2015 at 13:45
The train is coming from the direction of Bolton. Trains to Bolton are on the other side of the platform.


Comment by David on 23rd May 2015 at 15:14
If it was coming from Bolton Wallgate bridge would be immediately behind it. There are no trees at the end of the westbound platform!


Comment by Dave Kelly on 23rd May 2015 at 15:53
The caption says it all Derek.LOL. In those days it was the 8.21am(That I too used). Tunnel under Wallgate & station steps are behind the photographer.


Comment by Anne on 23rd May 2015 at 16:23
I believe Johns caption is right. The train IS going to Bolton.


Comment by Pete rammy on 23rd May 2015 at 17:13
Andy the train is coming from southport the flats behind are near uncle joes toffee factory


Comment by John Morris on 23rd May 2015 at 17:42
Andy, this is the 12:45 TO Bolton arriving at Wallgate station, having just passed under the West Coast mainline. I agree with Alex that the Pacers are the worst ever but that is from a passenger's point of view. I don't know anything about the human waste problem with Sprinters cullie, it must be disgusting. Whatever, certainly Northern Rail need to invest in a lot of new rolling stock.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 23rd May 2015 at 19:49
Northern Rail have some decent trains but we don`t see them this side of Manchester.
The Manchester Victoria to Leeds trains are air conditioned and there are three coach electric trains from Manchester Piccadilly to places such as Glossop.


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 23rd May 2015 at 21:24
Nice a bod unit these compared to the usual pacer bugs. Fuji XPro1 eh John? Nice bit of kit. I have a good selection of Fujinon lenses if you ever want to try one.


Comment by Fred Mason on 23rd May 2015 at 21:35
There was nothing like the old 'Jubilee' Class, the 'Patriot' Class and the 'Princess' class steam trains when we were trainspotters.

Who remembers those?

Interesting pic though.


Comment by John Morris on 23rd May 2015 at 22:53
Thanks for the offer Dave, I might just take you up on it. Fred, I well remember the locomotives you refer to and have many happy memories. Unfortunately I missed getting good photographs of some of the classes because of inadequate equipment before they passed into blessed memory.


Comment by Mick on 23rd May 2015 at 23:02
Still cant see a driver in this train thats arriving in Wigan


Comment by Garry on 24th May 2015 at 07:55
We HAVE four coach trains HERE Ernest...on this line at peak times.


Comment by Alex on 24th May 2015 at 08:01
MICK the driver is behind the black screen frame to the right of the Bolton sign...where do you think he'd be????? think of camera angle.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 24th May 2015 at 09:38
Garry; I know, but they don`t compare with those I mentioned.


Comment by Mick on 24th May 2015 at 10:07
Alex I still cant see him so if hes not there that means the train is parked up and not arriving at Wallgate station as described in the photo.


Comment by Mick on 24th May 2015 at 10:17
Ive found some videos of trains arriving and departing Wigan Wallgate

Ones seven got Geoffrey Shryhane the Wigan journalist sat on it heading to Manchester.

https://www.youtube.com/user/singaporemick/search?query=wallgate+station


Comment by Alex on 24th May 2015 at 12:04
All train drivers are at the left hand side...Mick.


Comment by Mick on 24th May 2015 at 15:09
Alex if theres a driver sat on the left hand side of that train he must be very thin.


Comment by trevor on 24th May 2015 at 20:57
Mick, bear in mind the driver sits well back on these units and as Alex says the camera angle means he will be hidden by the window pillars.


Comment by Andy on 31st May 2015 at 12:18
My mistake. It is heading the other way.


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