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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 15th November, 2014)

Orrell Station

Orrell Station

Photo: Darren Atherton  (Sony D5503)
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Comment by: Mick on 15th November 2014 at 00:16

There somebody sat the under a umbrella when theres a shelter next to him.

Comment by: Ellen on 15th November 2014 at 05:00

Oh the memories!??-Never used the station myself,but walked over the bridge many,many times! Wasn't this the station used by UGS students travelling from Kirkby?

Comment by: cullie on 15th November 2014 at 09:31

part of our section this it was tracked patroled on friday

Comment by: A.W. on 15th November 2014 at 10:10

The very first railway journey I can remember taking was from Wigan Wallgate to Orrell. The trains were all steam trains then, the coaches were compartments with no corridor, they had tip up ashtrays in them. Orrell Station was still manned in those days and the footbridge was covered. I loved every minute of it.

Comment by: Aubrey on 15th November 2014 at 10:13

Smoker perhaps!

Comment by: Johnny on 15th November 2014 at 10:28

This station has fond memories. I recall meeting Jean Danson here for a date at a UGS dance back in 1965. Halcyon days.
Thanks Darren for the memory!

Comment by: Giovanni on 15th November 2014 at 10:36

You're right Ellen. Kirkby and Knowsley. It was worth it to be in class with the pretty UGS girls!

Comment by: christine on 15th November 2014 at 12:02

mick may as well be sat down wi a umberella ,as stood up ,theres no seats in there ,could be someone with leg trouble you never know

Comment by: Giovanni on 15th November 2014 at 14:56

How stupid! No seats in a shelter! Trains get cancelled and delayed and the fares aren't cheap. So much for privatisation!

Comment by: MikeW on 15th November 2014 at 17:15

If they put seats in the shelters it encourages vagrants to spend the night in them.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 15th November 2014 at 19:05

Nice shot Darren.
A.W. I Remember the steam trains well, and the rolling stock your talking about, they were BR MK1 Suburban coaches with bench seats from door to door, as you say single compartments. Great days.

Comment by: Giovanni on 16th November 2014 at 10:08

Good point MikeW....but vagrants in Orrell! What is the country coming to!
Footnote: I can recall a tramp called Ring o' bells years ago who travelled around south Lancashire.

Comment by: A.W. on 16th November 2014 at 12:58

Great days indeed Colin, railways don't seem the same nowadays, the coaches seem more like buses than rolling stock.

Comment by: A.W. on 16th November 2014 at 13:02

Giovanni, there used to be a lot of tramps at one time, many were in fact migrant agricultural labourers, often Irish in origin. Two that were around UpHolland for years were George and Paddy who were nice, there was also an obnoxious character called Tinkerbell. Could he be the same as your Ring O' Bells?

Comment by: Giovanni on 16th November 2014 at 16:49

He could be, A.W.
I remember this character in the early sixties around Burscough and Lathom usually along the Leeds/Liverpool canal. Very unsavoury!

Comment by: Kal on 17th November 2014 at 18:11

AW/ Giovanni, Tinkerbell/Ring O, Bells? What's the story behind those names, does anyone know? Sounds and interesting side story..

Comment by: Roy on 19th November 2014 at 20:20

Happy memories

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