Wigan Wallgate Station13 Comments
Photo: David Brown
Item #: 31175
Doesnt that scene conjure up all sorts of intrigue....is that The Third Man sitting there or the man who was in Brief Encounter.....great atmospheric photo !
Just what I thought Helen.
Agreed, Ladies. Do you think that's the 5.40 to Ketchworth, Veronica?
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.
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
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.
On offer? 2/6d in 1923 is about Thirty four quid in todays money!
What would 2/6d be in 1945 as that's when our favourite film Brief Encounter was made?
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.
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!
Todays railways much better.
Irene/Veronica. They also closed the windows when entering a tunnel, because of the engine’s smoke.
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.