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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 9th February, 2015)

Electrification


Electrification
The new electrified railway station at Bryn.

Photo: Douglas Yates  (Agfa DC1030s)
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Comment by: Garry on 9th February 2015 at 06:27

Network rail spend millions of pounds on the rail systems, but do little for it's passengers...just looks at the waiting rooms, a bus shelter without seats!

Comment by: Mick on 9th February 2015 at 06:31

Dougie have they got the new trains running on it yet

Comment by: Dougie on 9th February 2015 at 08:36

Not yet Mick it's a big job as it's going all the way to Liverpool,the station and the bridge on Bryn Road that you can just see in the background took over a year to complete

This is the first photo I've submitted in eight and half years LOL it's so easy give it a try, just e-mail one from the area you live to brian@wiganworld.co.uk

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th February 2015 at 09:39

Mick - overhead line trains are running from Manchester on the original 1830 Liverpool-Manchester line across Chat Moss as far as the Newton triangle, when they head north up on the WCML. We've caught it a couple of times - it only takes 25 minutes to North Western - and you can use your bus pass on it because the journey starts and ends in Greater Manchester. It's surprisingly smooth, even over the moss, which the old DMUs used to clatter, sway and bounce across, so they must have upgraded the trackbed and ballasting at the same time as putting the overheads in.

Comment by: Eddie on 9th February 2015 at 09:52

You've got that one right Garry, Hindley doesn't have facilities for coping with wheelchairs, bikes or prams. Same at Garswood, something like 44 steps from one platform to the other, similar situation at Swinton and Littleborough and a number of others I could mention but space doesn't allow.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 9th February 2015 at 11:02

OK, so the line is electrified now, but when do we get electric trains to do the Wigan Wallgate to Liverpool Lime St. route.
Which class of train will we have?

Comment by: Jonno on 9th February 2015 at 11:02

Garry, it has been said before on P a D, that seats in shelters encourage overnight 'dossers'.

Comment by: Giovanni on 9th February 2015 at 11:08

Good point Garry. The same shelter is on Orrell station, without seats.
There was a comment made that this is deter tramps and vagrants sleeping there!

Comment by: Jim Latham on 9th February 2015 at 11:09

OK, so the line is electrified now, but when do we get electric trains to do the Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime St. route.
Which class of train will we have?

Comment by: grandmas on 9th February 2015 at 12:12

When did you last go to Littleborough the disabled access is second to none. They have spent thousands/millions of pounds on it and there is a bus just as you get down the ramp.

Comment by: Alan on 9th February 2015 at 12:32

The line at Lea Green St Helens to Lime St has been electrified recently but not seen any new trains yet.

Comment by: Alex on 9th February 2015 at 12:35

Does this mean over crowded trains are a thing of the past??

Comment by: Loz on 9th February 2015 at 13:16

On WCML they're still running the crappy diesel pacers under the wires on some services.According to the Govt these will be around for at least two more years. Ever tried Manchester Vic to Wigan on a Saturday night? Don't!

Comment by: Garry on 9th February 2015 at 15:40

That will be Bryn rd bridge, Dougie.

Comment by: Philbee on 9th February 2015 at 15:58

The electrification of the line from Wigan to Liverpol is not finished,hence no electric trains running.
A few of these new trains(built in 1990)are at Allerton for staff training or are in works for refurbishment.
The one good thing about them is that they are four coach trains.so should ease the overcrowding a little.

Comment by: David Owens on 9th February 2015 at 16:34

The latest plan (according to RAIL magazine)is to energise the line from Springs' Branch to Huyton Junction on February 14th (this coming Friday)
A number of refurbished class 319 trains are ready for testing and route learning. It is probably the intention to run these trains on the Liverpool to Preston journeys from the start of the Summer timetable in May.

Comment by: Brendell on 9th February 2015 at 18:53

I think you may find that Network Rail are responsible for the track and the stations are the responsibility of the train companies. That is certainly the case here in Norfolk so I can't see why it would be different anywhere else.

Comment by: Roy on 9th February 2015 at 19:25

Philbee, a question for you on yesterdays P a D.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 9th February 2015 at 21:24

Network Rail owns the infrastructure that includes, track, signals, overhead wires, tunnels, bridges,level crossings and most stations. But not passenger and commercial freight rolling stock.

Comment by: Mick on 9th February 2015 at 22:17

The Torys said they would do up the northwest railways and you have to give them credit because that are doing.

Come May my vote will be going to the Torys

Comment by: truewigana on 9th February 2015 at 22:30

shame on you Mick, but i expected nothing less

Comment by: Philbee on 9th February 2015 at 23:35

Roy,
Re.question from yesterdays P & D
I think the name you are looking for could be Jack Roberts.

Comment by: Garry on 10th February 2015 at 07:09

Mick's right, there's only one party with common sense. They'll get my vote as well.

Comment by: peterp on 10th February 2015 at 08:12

Right at the far background of the photo as Dougie says is Bryn road bridge over the railway track. This bridge was dismantled because there was not enough clearance under it for the electrification work. They installed a new sectional bridge which came complete with built in brickwork.

Comment by: Truewigana on 10th February 2015 at 08:21

As for improving the railway's what planet you on, I guessing you don't do the rush hour commute

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 10th February 2015 at 08:44

The railways HAVE improved with Network rail, it's rail track who failed to deliver. As for commute, that, up to the train operators.

Comment by: Garry on 10th February 2015 at 08:49

You can quite clearly see a vast improvment at this station alone, truewigana...

Comment by: truewigana on 10th February 2015 at 09:14

the nodding donkey strikes again, larry you must be the first pensioner from ince to ever vote blue

Comment by: Jonnno on 10th February 2015 at 09:49

Sorry Mick and Garry, as you both know a Tory vote in Wigan in a General Election is a wasted vote. Labour, UKIP, Conservative in that order this time in Wigan methinks.

Comment by: Garry on 10th February 2015 at 09:56

I'm catching no harm!

Comment by: Giovanni on 10th February 2015 at 09:59

Looks like Mick and Gary will be performing with Billy Shym as the Blues Brothers!! LOL

Comment by: Garry on 10th February 2015 at 10:26

You should know me by now, I do the complete opposite to most people around.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 10th February 2015 at 23:59

So, what's the latest on the electrification/trials/driver training on the Wigan to Liverpool line this weekend.

Comment by: Barry H on 12th February 2015 at 15:09

Remember Clegg at the last election saying there would be no tuition fees, that was till they won the election with the Tories , then it all changed ,talk about Billy Liar, Tories never did owt for northern folk, ask the pitmen and dockers etc ,

Comment by: Giovanni on 24th February 2015 at 11:57

Reading recently a Northern lass might be a potential PM soon.....the Tory MP Esther McVEY!!

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