Waiting for the train, Wigan North Western station.
Comment by Rubyshoes. on 4th June 2017 at 09:51
Looks like you may have missed it. 🚉😂😂😂
Comment by Veronica on 4th June 2017 at 10:09
Looks like the train has gone or it's not going to turn up Mick! This happened to me twice last week. They have all gone for the bus instead!
Comment by Carolaen on 4th June 2017 at 12:23
Given that many people post pictures of old Wigan on this site, I can't help thinking that this photo sums up much of what we have lost. i am sure that a picture of the same spot 50 or more years ago would have shown people on the platform, including railway workers, porters etc, not to mention a proper station Buffet. We seem determined on the one hand to cut staff and jobs down to the bare minimum and then we complain on the other hand about the loss of community - and indeed the feeling of security created by having uniformed staff present. Rant over !
Comment by Mick on 4th June 2017 at 12:55
Ah but Carolaen just look how well lit and how nice and clean the platforms looks>
I think the train is running late because it should be here by now
Comment by Veronica on 4th June 2017 at 13:42
I agree fully with Carolean especially regarding the security of uniformed staff. That station looks clean and well lit but it's soulless!
Comment by DerekB on 4th June 2017 at 14:07
It is a vast improvement at both street level and platform level on the depressing dump that the station was pre-modernisation.
Comment by Howard P on 4th June 2017 at 14:17
It looks soulless because I suspect it's early morning or late at night.
Comment by LDB on 4th June 2017 at 14:41
a bit of a none photo
Comment by AP on 4th June 2017 at 15:06
I travelled daily from NW.
I preferred the old station.
You could get a proper meal in that station buffet, and in winter, the heated waiting room with properly upholstered seating was far more comfortable than what is on offer today.
Did not like the hard to decipher distorted Tannoy though!
Comment by Veronica on 4th June 2017 at 16:36
What about the early morning workers and the late night revellers Howard? No matter how streamlined,well lit and clean it looks - its still soulless to my eyes because of the lack of character. I like the smaller stations dotted over the country which have retained some of the old characteristics.
Comment by Garry on 4th June 2017 at 17:41
It should have been taken the other direction, then you'll see the station buildings and maybe people.
Comment by irene roberts on 4th June 2017 at 18:21
Adelstrop, Veronica. x.
Comment by Anne on 4th June 2017 at 21:36
Lovely descriptive nostalgic poem.
Comment by Howard P on 5th June 2017 at 08:08
I suspect most of you don't use the station, this shot is looking away from the buildings and people. As a regular user, I know that all the activity is behind the camera. WNW is a very long station, remember it's the main line from London to Scotland.
Comment by Veronica on 5th June 2017 at 12:55
Howard I am SURE every Wiganer knows the station!
Comment by Bill Eatock on 7th June 2017 at 15:07
As some other posters have wisely stated... the photo is taken looking away from the main station. A place that can VERY busy at times. Wigan is very fortunate to have an Inter-City station. Some of my chums, who live in Bolton, are really envious!
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