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Wigan Wallgate Station


Wigan Wallgate Station 1923
Photo: David Brown
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Item #: 31175
Looks like a damp and dismal day

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 2nd May 2019 at 20:52

Doesnt that scene conjure up all sorts of that The Third Man sitting there or the man who was in Brief Encounter.....great atmospheric photo !

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd May 2019 at 22:12

Just what I thought Helen.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd May 2019 at 10:29

Agreed, Ladies. Do you think that's the 5.40 to Ketchworth, Veronica?

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd May 2019 at 13:47

Definitely the doctor hiding behind the newspaper - he's dodging Dolly. Laura's gone back for a bar of chocolate and a 2/6 penny brandy - it's on offer Irene.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd May 2019 at 18:40

Oh, blow the chocolate, Veronica, (Nestle's nut-milk, sixpence or shilling a bar)….let's have a couple of tenpenny brandies off Myrtle, and a good laugh! xx

Comment by: Albert.S. on 3rd May 2019 at 19:36

I suppose a few of us still remember the carriages that did not have corridors, and you closed, or lowered the window using a leather belt that had notch holes in it, and you slotted this over a protrusion situated on the door, just below the window, to keep the window in place. Photographs of various British locations, would be displayed above the bench seating.

Comment by: priscus on 3rd May 2019 at 21:41

On offer? 2/6d in 1923 is about Thirty four quid in todays money!

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd May 2019 at 22:34

What would 2/6d be in 1945 as that's when our favourite film Brief Encounter was made?

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd May 2019 at 22:50

It was lovely putting your head out of the window on hot days- feeling the wind on your face. Then when you were coming to the flat fields spread with manure you got back inside quick. There was nothing like the sound of 'clicketty-clack- clicketty- clack - clicketty- clack' of the wheels coming home that made your eyelids start to droop after a day at Southport. The fresh air made you sleepy.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd May 2019 at 23:12

I remember the carriages with the leather straps on the windows, Albert, and I remember going to Southport in them from Ince Station, when people lowered the windows due to the heat. And I also remember the thud-thud of them shutting simultaneously as we passed by the smelly bone-works at Appley Bridge.....the sound was like machine-gun fire!

Comment by: Alan on 4th May 2019 at 01:06

Todays railways much better.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 4th May 2019 at 09:56

Irene/Veronica. They also closed the windows when entering a tunnel, because of the engine’s smoke.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th May 2019 at 09:17

The railway men worked really hard in those days didn't they Albert? These days they have it far easier. Must admit I would rather travel by train anytime than by bus or car - but it's nowhere near as exciting as it used to be.

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