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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 17th August, 2021)

Royal Scot

Royal Scot
Royal Scot departing Wigan North Western station.

Photo: David  (Sony RX100)
Views: 2,106

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2021 at 07:34

I would loved to have been on the station that day. I bet it was packed on there. There's been a change with the trains and I usually end up on there coming into Wigan instead of Wallgate station.

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 07:38

Anybody with a line full of clean washing will be panicking when they hear that thing coming.

Comment by: Ray on 17th August 2021 at 08:24

David....An excellent photograph of one of my favourite
locomotives from the days of my youth in the 1950s.

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th August 2021 at 08:42

I would rather see and hear a steam train come past my house than have spotless washing. I can almost smell the steam from that train. When we are at our caravan, we often hear trains in the distance as they approach Hellifield Station, and there is no mistaking the sound of a steam train. They pass through Hellifield quite a lot. They are magnificent.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 17th August 2021 at 09:16

Cracking picture David, when was this taken ?

Comment by: Poet on 17th August 2021 at 09:22

Think of all the money being spent on HS2 just so you can be in London , a place I've no desire to be in , 10 minutes quicker . I would rather travel by this splendid engine and get there a hour slower .

Comment by: Maureen on 17th August 2021 at 09:50

Where I was brought up in Great George St,the railway was right at the back of our house,and I love hearing the trains go past ..one time we had to leave our house due to one of the wagons overturning but it all ended well..to this day I cannot sleep if I don't hear traffic ( we live on a main road)..I cannot remember my Mam ever complaining about soot on her washing at all.
My hubby went to work on the footplate as a fireman and always loved anything to do with trains but always said"They're not trains,they're engines ".
When the children were young we went to Carnforth and had our photos taken in front of the Flying Scotsman.

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 10:05

HS2 is not all about being somewhere 10 minutes quicker, its about freeing up space on the old network and taking away traffic from our crowed streets and villages
And once HS2 is finished you will have new industries and new towns springing up all along its lenght

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 10:21

Irene I know you like old fashioned things, but have you seen the or rode on the Haddock Express when you up in Yorkshire, if not sit back and follow this link.


I must say Im not recommending it because when I was on our Haddock and Chips were not the warmest.

Comment by: DTease on 17th August 2021 at 10:25

Mick, HS2 will never get further north than Birmingham, indeed, it will be lucky if it ever gets that far north. Even if it did 95% of the population will not have the money to ride on it, despite the fact that their taxes will have paid for the thing.
Like the two useless Aircraft Carriers we spent billions on, HS2 will finish up on the scrapheap.

Comment by: Poet on 17th August 2021 at 10:36

I can do without new towns Mick thanks .

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 12:05

Lots of people will have loads of money to travel the world in years to come, just think getting on a sleeper train in Wigan and waking up in Europe

Comment by: DTease on 17th August 2021 at 13:26

Mick, it may not have noticed, but we have just spent five years getting OUT of Europe. We are not exactly flavour of the month there these days.

Comment by: Cyril on 17th August 2021 at 13:49

Wonder what chance there is of us looking in such superbly great condition when we're 98.

Mick, the way I see it the only people to have loads of money and able to travel the world in years to come shall be the Chinese and the Indians, and for how long will our successive UK governments keep sending them loads of money every year in foreign aid, money that could be put to good use here and not squandered by those now mega-rich countries.

Comment by: Shevvy on 17th August 2021 at 13:49

Mick Wigan is in Europe.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th August 2021 at 13:54

Wow Mick, you paint a great pic of the future...I don't think !

Comment by: DerekB on 17th August 2021 at 14:03

Nostalgia is all very well, but I would suggest in limited doses. Disregarding the pros and cons put forward for HS2, today's trains are far superior to the days of steam in speed, cleanliness and fuel efficiency. I have travelled on, and thoroughly enjoyed, the Keith and Worth Valley and North Yorkshire Moors steam services. In the late 50s and stationed at York during my National Service, a Newcastle to Liverpool steam service took 3 hours to get from York to Wigan , a distance of about 80 miles, with intermediate stops only at Leeds and Manchester. I recently travelled from Carlisle to Wigan on a Glasgow to Euston West Coast Avanti service and the journey took just under 40 minutes with stops at Oxenholme and Preston.

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 14:48

Ive seen the future because Ive traveled on Chinese trains.

Try this, go to sleep now and wake up in 10 years time and look at the Chinese trains in that will be running Afghanistan

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2021 at 15:14

Despite the Channel and leaving the European Market we are IN Europe ... watchout for the James Boys or they'll be on here with their global maps and charts. Just buy a bottle of fine French wine and pretend you are in the Dorgogne when the sun shines on the canal bank..

Comment by: DerekB on 17th August 2021 at 16:13

Veronica, don't encourage people to buy anything French. They are not friends of ours and never have been . They just pretend they are when it suits their purpose. Thank God we are out of the corrupt and dysfuctional EU.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 17th August 2021 at 16:45

Nostalgia..........ain't what it used to be ;)

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2021 at 16:59

Yes I should have said a nice red Italian, Derek but I was just making a point to Mick .... you know what he's like, Brussels sprouts and chocolate in Belgium, beer and sauerkraut in Germany and Beans in Kitt Green...oh and tea in China and whatever else he eats abroad, because he was the first man to travel outside Wigan y'know.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2021 at 17:06

ps half of us won't be here in 10 years if we could go to sleep and wake up!
It'll be a case of long haul travel on that big express up in the wide blue yonder . Or down below for some...

Comment by: Mick on 17th August 2021 at 18:57

Why do you have to twist things around and in doing so make this thread all about me, I wasn't the first man to travel outside Wigan and you know it.
Ive had you in Coventry ever since you posted on here that I had green eyes and was jealous of other peoples photos, but I thought if the Taliban can make an effort , maybe I should give you another chance. but it appears I was wrong.

Comment by: David on 17th August 2021 at 21:17

Thanks all.
Veronica there were quite a few people there watching.
Standisher it was on the 4th August at 8PM. I saw it going over Poolstock bridge in the morning so looked it up on the internet and found out it was coming back through in the evening so decided to go for a look.
This is the website I used to find out about it, https://www.railadvent.co.uk

Comment by: Owd Reekie on 17th August 2021 at 22:56

To me a steam locomotive like this is far more impressive than Concorde. I remember it coming through Wigan North Western as a boy in the early 1960’s

Comment by: Veronica on 17th August 2021 at 23:13

I only come to Wigan once or twice at the most these days David. If I had known when the train was going to be there I would have made the effort. Good photo anyway you deserve every accolade.
By the way there's only you Mick who makes the thread all about you...Think about it why don't you.

Comment by: Mick on 18th August 2021 at 07:27

I can only give you the facts if you don't agree that's your fault and its not me who keeps mentioning the name Mick, that come from you and your gang of mates, who Ive been told email one another saying what they are going to say next on the PAD.
Like Ive already said I don't have green eyes and its impossible for a upstanding gentleman like myself to get jealous of anyone's contributions to PAD.

Comment by: Veronica on 18th August 2021 at 08:43

Don't be so childish, you silly man. And don't blame me for what others say when you make your ridiculous comments. I do not belong to any gang. Furthermore I haven't a clue what you are going on about. I have better things to do than email people about you! I couldn't care less about your thoughts on other folk's contributions. You talk as if you are still in the school yard.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 18th August 2021 at 18:20

I think we should all applaud the time and effort that go into each and everyone's submissions to PaD. The themes vary and evoke much discussion, especially the now and then ones. Each to their own, I know the ones I like. I hope the meaningful discussions don't result in people stopping sending in their efforts. I remember one excellent photographer saying he was stopping submitting his efforts due to being accused of
having the monopoly. I for one miss his photos.

Comment by: Mick on 19th August 2021 at 08:23

Stan, he wasn't being accused of having the monopoly, all that was said was nobody should be able to jump the queue on PADs.
Everbody who takes the time to get out there and take photos for PADs should be treated equally.
This can cause problems like what happened to Irenes very good friend Geoff who photos that never appererd.

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