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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 28th March, 2016)

The A train

The A train
Haigh Hall.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Pentax SLR)
Views: 3,636

Comment by: Johnny on 28th March 2016 at 01:11

Looks like Thomas the Tank Engine...I suppose the Fat Controller is still in MacDonalds stuffin his face!
And Ringo's nowhere to be seen to give a narration!

Comment by: Vb on 28th March 2016 at 09:04

I would love to ride on this train. I didn't know about it-I take it its in place of the old tractor! I don't suppose it takes the same rout though.

Comment by: Julie Bateman on 28th March 2016 at 09:22

Another lovely picture of haigh hall Ron always brings back good memories.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 28th March 2016 at 10:14

Has the railway recently had a new engine delivered? Someone said they saw a trailer with an engine on it going down New Rd. to Mowpin Lodge area.
Johnny Ringo says''Peace and Love'' That's usually what he says any road.

Comment by: Mick on 28th March 2016 at 10:25

Vb you can have as many rides as you want on that train by clicking this video link.


Comment by: David on 28th March 2016 at 11:02

Nice one Ron.
I hope the plans by Contessa hotels to put an access road through the area where the tracks are doesn't stop it running.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th March 2016 at 11:06

No, Vb, the tractor transported people from the Wigan Lane entrance through the plantations and back as an alternative to the long walk; this train just takes people for a ride around the grounds.

Comment by: Vb on 28th March 2016 at 11:19

Have watched the train ride -lovely memories-thanks!

Comment by: Johnny on 28th March 2016 at 11:21

Ringo also said " We all live in a Yellow Submarine"...I'm sure it surfaced near Wigan Pier some years ago!!
Nice pic...must take my grandchild for a ride this summer!

Comment by: Vb on 28th March 2016 at 11:37

Thankyou Irene -I didn't think it would take the same route. What I would like to do when the weather improves is walk through the plantations- I think I could still do that-that's if it's still possible.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 28th March 2016 at 12:55

Are you sure Johnny? I thought it came up near Eleanor Rigby College!

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 28th March 2016 at 15:11

Vb, the miniature railway track can be seen on this map (zoomed in):


Comment by: Johnny on 28th March 2016 at 16:45

No Neil that would be her brother's school...the Blessed John Rigby!

Comment by: John Morris on 28th March 2016 at 17:28

Another good shot Ron. Neil, yes they have had another engine delivered but it needs a bit of work doing to get it ready. Cheers, John

Comment by: Vb on 28th March 2016 at 18:33

I looked on the map Neil -it looks like I wouldn't be able to walk the old way from Greenough St end. I will have to go from Wigan Lane.

Comment by: Ozymandias. on 28th March 2016 at 22:47

Forgive me veebee, I couldn't help but notice your quandary. If you could give me an approximate date of your intended visit, it may... And I have to stress the word 'may', as circumstances tend to change on a daily basis. It may be possible for me to pull a few strings and have you trahered from the Douglas bridge as far as the Whelley loop line bridge at least,...this would save you a bit of leg work,... possibly a bit further if conditions allow. Merely trying to be helpful. Hope you take the offer in the spirit that it was intended. Regards Ozy.

Comment by: Vb on 29th March 2016 at 09:29

Ozy that's very kind of you, I'm not even sure where the Douglas bridge is now!!! Or the Whelley loop!I am waiting for better weather. Thought going from Wigan Lane might be the best and just follow my nose! Do folk still do that? My contact details will be at Admin not to this IPad.

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