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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 24th June, 2018)

Gathurst station

Gathurst station

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: DTease on 24th June 2018 at 05:35

The signs are aglow on Gathurst Station
Providing the public with information.
Flowers bloom in Station Planters
Soothing the brow of Late Train Ranters.
Water is gathered in a barrel green
It's such a calming, pleasant scene.
There's nowhere else in all our Nation
That can compete with Gathurst Station.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th June 2018 at 07:43

My Grandfather Bryson lived in Gathurst when he & his family first came to Wigan from Scotland. I often wonder if he went to work on the train from this station, he had no transport back then.

Comment by: LDB on 24th June 2018 at 07:52

another none photo

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 24th June 2018 at 09:23

Let's see yours then LDB.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 24th June 2018 at 09:45


I had a friend in Vancouver called John Bryson from Manchester. His father came from Scotland. I wonder...??

Good photo of Gathurst. Brings back many memories.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th June 2018 at 09:46

A lovely station Gathurst a pleasure to go through.

Comment by: Philip G. on 24th June 2018 at 12:25

A quaint lived-in appeal about your Photo, Mick; with Bletchley Park-style huts, for good measure. And Mr. Tease's decision to select particular 'points' of the station, and to then colour them with fine lines, was a great idea.

Comment by: Pete Schofield on 24th June 2018 at 12:39

Station looking good. Remember it very well when I used to live in Shevington during the 1950's / 1960s. Remember getting a train from there to go train spotting at Wigan Wallgate Station every Saturday afternoon and returning round about 5 just in time to get home for tea. Yes those were the days. Station used to be Gathurst for Shevington

Comment by: Rev David Long on 24th June 2018 at 13:05

That must have been taken weeks ago - when Northern trains still ran (mostly) on time....

Comment by: DTease on 24th June 2018 at 14:15

I see in my mind another day
When Dragons roamed along this way
Breathing fire and roaring steam
They came and went as in a dream

And on their backs young children rode
Dressed in fine raiment and trinkets of gold
'Tis said they rode to seek the sea
And beg King Neptune set them free

No more to ride on their aimless quest
But play in the Sun as the good King's guest
So he bade them stay, has was their will
And in my mind they'll be there still

Comment by: Pat McC on 24th June 2018 at 14:24

Lovely photo Mick, very colourful, and apart from the electronic signage, could have been a scene from the 50s. Lovely.

LDB - What exactly does ‘none’ photo mean please?

Comment by: Veronica on 24th June 2018 at 14:38

I can imagine saying Dtease's poem to the clickety - clack of the wheels on the old steam trains! Very good poem!

Comment by: Alan H on 24th June 2018 at 17:34

I,m puzzled by the bridge over the line in the distancee. Can anyone enlighten me as to what or where it is. I don’t remember a bridge in that area when we used to go to Dean Wood on the train from Ince in the 1940’s.

Comment by: Mick on 24th June 2018 at 18:47

Alan the bridge is on the Wigan side of the station and the track over it leads to Ackhurst hall, and it was used a lot in the 60s by Hoveringhams to bring sand out of the sand quarry

Comment by: Fred Mason on 24th June 2018 at 20:08


That bridge, if I am correct, carries a footpath through to Porters Wood and to Heinz factory beyond.

Used it many, many times as a kid in Norley Hall, walking through to Gathurst.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 25th June 2018 at 08:00

Fred, I believe many Brysons went to Canada from Scotland & Lancashire way back, as did my grandfathers brother Henry but my grandparents moved to Wigan....and stayed.

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