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Locomotive "Emanuel Clegg" at Gin Pit, 1/8/59
Photo: Chris Heaven
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Item #: 32745
The details recorded on the rear of this rather old print are: 1/8/59 "Emanuel Clegg", NW 1419/24, Gin Pit. Out of use - said to be for scrap.

[NW 1419/24 = built by Nasmyth & Wilson in 1924, works number 1419]

Comment by: Geoff on 30th October 2020 at 11:22

Another good piece of Wigan's mining history. Nice photo Chris.

Comment by: Barrie on 30th October 2020 at 17:00

An interesting photograph on the grounds that it is an 0-8-0 configuration whereas most of the colliery locomotives in the Wigan & District coalfields were of 0-6-0 mode. A little digging (pardon the pun) on the search engine gave me the answer. This engine was specially built along with an earlier sister engine called "Madan" built in 1910 , for the Astley & Tyldesley Colliery -Gin Pit to haul coal wagons up a steep incline to the sidings at Tyldesley. Both engines withdrawn in 1958 and Emanuel was broken up for scrap in 1965.

Comment by: James Hanson on 30th October 2020 at 20:57

Built in Eccles for a Manchester colliery company.
How can this possibly be a "piece of Wigan's mining history". Has Wigan got any mining history?

Comment by: Geoff on 30th October 2020 at 22:23

Yes... Wigan has a mining history.

Comment by: Chris Heaven on 30th October 2020 at 23:33

I believe the location of Gin Pit was Ley Rd, Tyldesley, i.e. within Wigan Borough. As Barrie has said the engine had a specific purpose to perform at Gin Pit. The engine stands on that site with some of the infrastructure of the pit in the background which may also be of interest to some. So yes I think the photo is relevant to the history of Wigan and its Borough.

Comment by: John on 30th October 2020 at 23:35

James: "Has Wigan got any mining history?".

Yes James, Wigan has a mining history. Look it up.

Great photo Chris, thanks.

Comment by: chris southworth on 5th November 2020 at 10:24

James Hanson, have you changed your name from "Tonker"? He was the last person to come out with such a silly question as that.

Comment by: S Buckley on 16th November 2020 at 11:07

Has Wigan got any mining history? Are you serious? ????

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