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J 10 at Springs Branch
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Item #: 21071
J 10 loco No 65175 at Springs Branch 4-4-1953

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th July 2012 at 19:09

My elder brother worked at Springs Branch in the late 50s/early 60s, and used to take me for a walk there to collect his wages. I was only very young and he used to take me up onto the footplate of the engines to see the coal being shovelled into the firebox. Where was Health and Safety then?.....Minding its own business as it did back then, and I certainly never came to any harm.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 20th July 2012 at 19:22

What's that behind, is it a Jubilee?

Comment by: Ticsmon on 20th July 2012 at 21:18

Patriot Class

Comment by: micky east on 20th July 2012 at 21:53

neil, its not a jubilee wrong chimne.the j10's where transferred to the branch when lower ince gc shed closed in 1952.could be a l&y 4-6-0 but i thought they had all been withdrawn by 1953

Comment by: mickey east on 20th July 2012 at 21:55

dont know why i missed it first time its a patriot

Comment by: rolview on 20th July 2012 at 23:02

the one behind it looks like a patriot class

Comment by: Ken R on 20th July 2012 at 23:58

Nice to see the 0-6-0 but also nice to see the Patriot, what were those drivers 6'6" ?

Comment by: Neil Cain on 21st July 2012 at 06:44

Thanks for setting me straight lads.

Comment by: Albert. on 21st July 2012 at 10:29

As anyone got a photograph of the turn-table,that was situated on the Warrington Road side of Springs Branch?. I used to watch them turn the locomotives round, from my back bedroom window, in Henry Street, Spring View, in the 40s.

Comment by: georgearthur on 21st July 2012 at 11:03

according to a LNER encyclopaedia, Springs Branch was allocated 14 of these locos in 1952. The last two were withdrawn from service in August 1961

Comment by: cullie on 21st July 2012 at 12:25

happy days.......long gone now but there use to be some megabeast on them very roads class 40s as an example ggggrrrrr oh my lords

Comment by: John on 21st July 2012 at 12:47

Great picture. Used to go the the shed in the mid 60s to see what was in there. Wish steam was still with us - properly.

Comment by: aitch on 22nd July 2012 at 10:02

the J10s were mostly used on the crack line up to the top place, as well as shunting all over the springs branch area, I worked on most of them at one time or another, there is a beltin photo of one going over the Belle Green lane crossing in the direction of the branch on here somewhere

Comment by: micky east on 22nd July 2012 at 11:23

my old mate owen goulding liked em said they could pull a house down.better than owt the lanwr and l and y ever come up with

Comment by: Albert on 22nd July 2012 at 11:41

An uncle of mine(Albert Short)worked at Springs Branch,in the late 50s early 60s, after the closure of the Maypole Colliery. His job was to prepare the locomotives for their daily tasks, plus pedaling to all differnt parts of Wigan,and district, knocking, in all kinds of weather. A hard job for someone in their early sixties.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 23rd July 2012 at 09:53

Saw a pic in the book on Springs Branch [I think] mentioning Chain Pit Sidings. Can any of the fellas who worked at Springs tell me how the sidings got that name because I have never found a map showing a pit by that name close by.

Comment by: horace on 23rd July 2012 at 12:56

The "Crack Line" to Top Place, did the Plod know about that?

Comment by: Frank B on 25th July 2012 at 15:31

Aitch to see the photo of the J10 at Belle Green level crossing go to Album Contents Places Ince Page 3 Photo 53

Comment by: JOHN WOOD on 28th October 2015 at 20:19

We used to work the 06 10 to manchester central from Wigan
central always had a J10 on this job

Comment by: S Edwards on 30th December 2019 at 11:19

Used To Watch Them Slogging Up The Bank With Coal Train From Lowton ST Mary's To Wigan Road Golborne In The 50s

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