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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 20th November, 2019)


Left and Right sides of the new sign on the Swan and Railway Hotel on Wallgate, the one in the middle is the old sign. A more appropriate engine on the new sign.

Photo: Tom Sutch  (Fuji Finepix F810)
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Comment by: Anne on 20th November 2019 at 08:00

Remember as a child having a Coronation Scot jig saw puzzle almost as that picture shows. Also Coronation Scot music is now racing through my mind. Tom, "Thanks for the memories"

Comment by: irene robertsI on 20th November 2019 at 09:35

I like the Mallard Engine picture but where is the swan?

Comment by: Poet on 20th November 2019 at 10:35

Beautiful traditional pub sign. What a wonderful occupation a pub sign painter was. I wanted to be one but alas the craft died out.

Comment by: Jonno on 20th November 2019 at 10:36

On t'other side Irene, it's a two sided sign.

Comment by: Anne on 20th November 2019 at 11:10

Irene.... sorry to say, there are swans but no mallards.

Comment by: TommyT on 20th November 2019 at 12:18

Your right Tom, the blue engine was a streamlined Coronation Class of the LMS region.
The green engine looks a Southern region one and never went through Wigan.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 20th November 2019 at 12:39

The more appropriate sign is the middle one, but not a Southern Region locomotive a more fitting engine would have been a LMS Stanier Black Five that would have thundered over the bridge at the side of the pub every day in the BR steam days.
As always Tom a great photo.

Comment by: Pw on 20th November 2019 at 13:25

It is a few years since I was in this pub,used to enjoy looking at the photos etc and the atmosphere.I agree with you Colin about the choice of engine but still a very nice sign.

Comment by: DereKB on 20th November 2019 at 15:18

The engine on the middle sign looks like a Southern Railway Merchant Navy Class.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 20th November 2019 at 21:43

Interesting stuff!

My choice for the sign would be a Black 5 :)

Comment by: britboy on 21st November 2019 at 13:49

The centre sign loco is commonly nicknamed a spam can

Comment by: DerekB on 21st November 2019 at 20:46

Britboy,spam cam or no, I always thought this example of pre - nationalisation railway streamlining was the most attractive of the three - more pleasing than the LNER A4 and LMS Coronation Scot- the Great Western didn't go in for streamlining!

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