Wigan Wallgate Station9 Comments
Photo: RON HUNT
Item #: 26503
In its later years, this box was 'decommissioned', and used as a cabin by maintenance crews.
The neglect of a once proud railway network: the overgrown shrubs and the wild uncut grass. Notice the weeds growing through the ballast near the tracks. In the post war years through the fifties and early sixties, this would have been unthinkable. How long ago it now seems when Permanent way men had a pride it what they were doing.
The building above and just to the right is the old county cinema, that would have been seen coming out from wallgate off to bolton or manchester
jarvo, Back then plate layers had a length of track to maintain and do everything on that stretch of track aprox, 1 mile .nowday,s they 10 times as much.
Good point Jarvo. Our railways were so clean back then, today an overgrown mess of trees and wild grass.
Steam would have blown any growth away Jarvo, the burnt coal and ashes put a stop to it.
Jarvo, your last sentence speaks hugely for itself. My only ask is , are we chasing a world no longer ours?
The one thing that is absolutely guaranteed never to change, is that things will always change. Whether that is a progressive step is subjective, but to fondly remember a time since past is something that no one can take from you, remember it well!
Everything changes, but nothing alters.