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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 4th December, 2020)

Hindley Station


Hindley Station
Hindley Station during lockdown.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 4th December 2020 at 06:38

I can just about see the stations award winning gardens.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th December 2020 at 06:51

I think I shall go on the train this morning to Wigan. It's been over a month since I've been. I'll see what's going on in Debenham's and if there's anything left!

Comment by: Julie on 4th December 2020 at 07:53

Lovely train station been taken care of nice and clean.

Comment by: Gary on 4th December 2020 at 09:35

This was Hindley North, a 4 track 4 platform station - totally unrecognizable from 1950s/60s.
Looks as clean as a whistle now.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th December 2020 at 10:09

I love railway stations and Hindley's is well-looked-after. Lovely photo. xx

Comment by: Mick on 4th December 2020 at 11:29

Veronica, I was waiting for my car to be serviced yesterday, so I walk into Wigan and had a walk around and it was proper miserable, it was so miserable that I made a video to record it so future generations can view Wigan in the miserable winter of 2020

https://youtu.be/i67NKlq35Qc

Comment by: Veronica on 4th December 2020 at 14:22

It was quite busy today Mick, but that's just the run up to Christmas I suppose. It will be worse after Christmas, I am so sad that Debenham's is closing.

Comment by: peebee on 4th December 2020 at 18:23

I can almost see Owfen in the distance.

Comment by: Axcroft on 4th December 2020 at 19:38

Great shot of the winding rail line Dennis! Travelled it many times.

Mick, impressive work. You should post this on the message boards.

Comment by: Edna on 4th December 2020 at 21:36

Lovely gardens on this station, and well looked after.Good photo Dennis..I'm sad as well Veronica about Debs,were will we go now??

Comment by: Veronica on 4th December 2020 at 21:54

God knows Edna... we'll have to do a reconnoiter. The coffee shop was deserted today. No wonder.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 4th December 2020 at 22:02

Mick, how do I see that please? I can't click on the link. Do I go on youtube and type those letters and numbers in? I'm not very good with this sort of thing.

Comment by: Edna on 4th December 2020 at 22:45

Irene,just go to YouTube and type in..miserable day in Wigan,and it should come up come.x

Comment by: Mick on 4th December 2020 at 22:51

Just copy and paste it Irene
Or go on YouTube singaporemick https://www.youtube.com/user/singaporemick/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=1

Comment by: DTease on 4th December 2020 at 23:35

I just watched your video Mick...now I’m miserable too. It was like watching a Box Set of Eastenders.
Loved the music though.

Comment by: Veronica on 5th December 2020 at 09:06

I've just watched the video as well. It's a very good compilation Mick, you certainly know all the Grot Spots of our poor Wigan. Good subjects for the 'then' and 'now' it was never so bad in our days of the past. Wherever has it all gone so wrong. My heart weeps!

Comment by: Kim on 5th December 2020 at 09:07

The music,like the film was dire.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th December 2020 at 10:11

Thanks, Edna and Mick. I'll have a look.

Comment by: Edna on 5th December 2020 at 19:12

The film was awful, it made me more miserable than I already was,after the terrible day I had.

Comment by: Ronny on 8th December 2020 at 23:29

At a time when the UK needs to support its own workforce even more than ever (Brexit and Covid19) many trains that serve that line are imported from Italy.
Some people did complain to the Mayor of Manchester but although he sympathised, he said it was too late to do anything about it. Not very good for someone who is suppose to represent the people of Greater Manchester...

Comment by: DTease on 11th December 2020 at 10:10

Ronny, compared with the British-made crap we have had to put up with for the last thirty-odd years the new trains are a revelation no matter where they come from. Yes, it would be better if they could be built here but, when you consider that we couldn't even introduce a new timetable without bringing half the country to a grinding halt, perhaps it was a wise decision to get them from elsewhere.

Comment by: Ronny on 16th December 2020 at 03:29

DTease. The Sprinters aren't crap and even the Pacers became very reliable considering they were only meant to be short term units. Do some research and compare the price of a Pacer and you'll see that they turned out to be excellent value for money. Did you know? The new imported units have broken down regularly and even the poor old Pacers had to be recalled for duty to rescue them!

Comment by: Mr Ralph on 28th December 2020 at 20:42

I am sorry to see the back of the Pacers. They lasted for 35 years when they were built as a 10 year stopgap to urgently replace worn out and asbestos contaminated rolling stock. Even at the end they were more reliable than newer units.
(see 2nd paragraph here: http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/Class142.html)

We will now be stuck with Class 150s which are just as old, noisy and claustrophobic greenhouses in summer, I have avoided Class 150s like the plague in the last 30+ years.

The Pacers got new engines in the mid 1990s that are more modern and quieter than the Class 15x engines, which are basically marine engines designed in the late 1960s and are far too noisy.

Another problem with the replacement Class 150 and 156 fleet is the dangerous large gap between train and platforms at certain stations, which the Pacers did not have. For example, the west facing platform at Salford Central and the east facing platform at Todmorden. When experiencing back problems, I find them very difficult to board. Also the 156s have very narrow doors that make it difficult for wheelchair users.

However, the engine noise and claustrophobic nature of the Class 150 causes me too much stress and anxiety and will likely mean that I will largely stop travelling by train.

Comment by: Ronny on 17th January 2021 at 12:34

Let's hope that Brexit puts a stop to the importation of inferior rolling stock.
Many in control in British government seem to be anti-British. The same occurred with car manufacturing, aircraft and shipping.
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/transport/northern-admit-teething-problems-have-left-their-new-trains-needing-repairs-already-1744157

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