Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 7th April, 2018)
Ince Station (2 of 2)
See what I meant with the old fashioned baby buggies, they were called Tan-Sads. Even today's buggies would have difficulties.
It is just soul-less. When I think of the character it once had I could weep. There were always staff there, selling tickets, helping with luggage, and talking to passengers. There were families waiting for trains in the days when most of us didn't have cars, and on Labour Club Trip days the place was heaving with noisy, excited children and their Mams. Do they still run trips from the dwindling Labour Clubs and British Legions? If so, I imagine they travel by coach. I feel so lucky to have known this sad, deserted station in those far-off days. Whenever I pass it now I am tempted to walk down those steps, but on seeing this photo, I'll stick with my memories. Despite the modern invention of cctv, I wouldn't feel safe on that platform now. Progress?...I don't think so.
Complete desolation! There is only one train an hour stops here and hardly anybody gets on!
Irene stop moaning, there are no staff because theres no passengers, and thats because all you Inceites are doing so well under the Tory government that your all riding round in cars and taxis.
Is that lump of cold blue metal supposed to represent some type of seating facility?
Irene, I agree with you100%. What a travesty of the station I remember. The starting point for school holiday trips to Gathurst, for Dean Wood, Parbold for Delph Tea Gardens and Southport for all its attractions too numerous to list.
Irene's spot on with her assumption of Ince Station in its hay day. There's one thing that stands out is all the litter thrown about everywhere, that never happen when the station master was about.
On the left hand side of the track stood Ince Signal box and another section of track.
Mick, Irene's not moaning, she's quite rightly saying how the station use to be!!
I agree with you Irene, you're bang on
Irene's so right. look at item number 5435 by Karen Smith, and you have a good look too Mick.
Mick,which finishing School did you go to,is there any need to speak to Irene like that.You really need to learn some manners.
There are passengers that use Ince station, and there would be a lot more if all the trains could stop there, as it is folks either go to Wallgate or Hindley and having to find a parking spot.
They should put more carriages on at peak times too, Wigan folks who work in Manchester are having to fork out almost a thousand pounds for a yearly ticket and are having to stand to their destination in either direction.
Mick, I don't drive but I DO have a private plane, and really, my dear, one finds it SO handy to nip down to Platt Bridge Co-op for a quarter of brawn and a pig's trotter!
Thankyou, everyone else, for your support and kind words. x.
Not again!!, If someone disagrees. Just gang up on them. These silly little clicks that drown out every individual voice who happen to have a different view . This is so negative for the WW forum , as not only does it scare people off joining , but makes it out you have to fit into a ‘way’ as not to upset the set group
. Wigan , and all its aspects ,does not belong to a set group , like some form of ancient teachers , who think they know
best, and every other voice is wrong . Each invidual voice is just as important as yours and should be welcomed . Why in heavens name would any would be investor , want to provide the vital funding Wigan so desperately needs , with such an enclosed prospective, a prospective, that remains totally in the past..
£1000 for a yearly ticket to Manchester?
WOW! That's £4.16 a day, £2.08 each way.
I wish I could get to work for that little.
Mick has always been rude.
Cyril - your point on commuter services is spot on. It is a problem everywhere. I live near Newcastle and the trains to and from for local people are packed like sardines. I read the Bolton News online and there it appears to be worse on the Blackburn to Manchester route via Bromley Cross.
Wigan, like almost everywhere in the north needs paying steady work. Most young people, despite the iphones etc are living on a knife edge, one pay day from disaster.
What Irene was talking about was a supporting community that did things together. That is what's missing.
Anne - I still call them Tan-Sads. I get some strange looks!
Julie,everyone on WW gets on fine until he comes along,and if anyone's being negative,it's him,go back and read a few P.A.D comments and see if you are of the same opinion.
Julie, Mick was rude to me. He accused me of doing well under the tory government. (I am NOT tory). He accused me of driving round in a car. (I can't drive). He accused me of using taxis. (I can't afford them). I travel everywhere on 'buses and trains. I will take no end of stick from people as long as they get the facts right. Mick got them wrong,
Julie, I've lived in Ince all my life and know what this railway station was like in the 50s and 60s when it was run by British Rail. No one is ganging up on anyone, but just putting things in perspective. Irene's description of the station is absolutely spot on for anyone who has never visited the station, she draws a clear picture of it's working life from days gone by. Now Julie, you can pour me a glass of sherry.
All I did was to compare Ince Station as it was in my childhood to what it is now. Look at the photo and compare it to my description of it in my childhood. The camera doesn't lie. Yes, OF COURSE Mick is allowed an opinion, but so am I!
I've never been to Ince station, but I always put Wigan, LANCASHIRE.
Well said, John Walsh's Other Mate.....no-one in Wigan ever took any gorm of "Greater Manchester" anyway....whoever heard of Greater Manchester Cheese or Greater Manchester Hot-Pot? Well done, lad!
PS.... Who's his OTHER mate?
Holiday,one day a year in Southport. March up Manley St to Ince Station from Lower Ince British Legion get Train to Southport great day out never forget um.Johns mate,I never say or will say I am from G Manchester I was Born & Bred in Wigan Lancashire and proud of it.
Sorry to disappoint but this station still gets well used during the week and when school holidays are on. As a born and bred Incer I can confirm the description, Our Irene put forward, it was a very well looked after little station and was always extra busy during the holidays. From a young age I was taken to meet my Dad coming home on leave from the army and I can still remember the slamming of the coach doors one by one after everyone had got off. I don't think people should comment on things they obviously have no idea about, the station is in the condition it is now because of mismanagement by those who are supposed to know how to run these places. I would just ignore the negative remarks by the ignorant who have no real opinion and just like to cause friction.
This site is for sharing memories - there isn't much to disagree about really - I can't see problems with that. There are other forums on here where they really go to town with disagreements and debating issues - perhaps that is the one to turn to if it's too mild or friendly on here for some. Thats my opinion.
Should have put Jinksi after Comment By . 8 April 09 30. Somehow put .Irene & John Walsh's other mate. If you both can't remember sending it let you both know you didn't.. Sorry adout that.Whats left of my Brain doesn't work to well on a Sunday.Come think of it that's most Days.Do I worry about it NO . Do I find it funny at times YES.
Veronica...you are incorrect re' the lack of passengers at Ince. Even at off-peak times, the station has become busier and busier. At peak times Ince is VERY busy. People travel from outlying areas to catch the train from Ince. At present the local MP and "others" are working in an attempt to get the Bolton service reintroduced.
Yes you are probably right Lynne. I pass through twice a week between 10 00 and 11 00 when it's quieter so I shouldn't judge by that.