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Train in station
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Tank engine 42456 at the platform 1960's

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th September 2021 at 10:03

It seems odd that I don't remember it, but I never went further down Station Road in the 1960s than The Ritz for the Saturday morning pictures and I have no recollection whatsoever of Central Station.

Comment by: whups on 20th September 2021 at 12:28

i vaguely remember it & the junction at the bottom of king st with the barriers across .

Comment by: Veronica on 20th September 2021 at 13:01

I remember it very well - I always thought it was a quaint station more picturesque than the others. Also the bridge over Scholes which was dismantled and the Darlington one.
Irene this one was more like the one in our favourite film "Brief Encounter" ; you could imagine the cafe inside there, although I had never been inside it. ( if there was one.)

Comment by: RON HUNT on 20th September 2021 at 13:53

whups.. what barriers?

Comment by: Stan on 20th September 2021 at 14:10

It's on the same line as Lower Ince station Irene.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 20th September 2021 at 14:35

I agree Veronica,it was a quaint looking station,a more attractive building than the other two.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 20th September 2021 at 16:31

I'm with you Irene, went to the ABC as it became then, and walked past the Casino ( Emp ) many times but don't remember it being a station. It came to my attention when the busses began parking on it. Perhaps Makinson's frontage made it look like something else.

Comment by: John on 20th September 2021 at 16:46

Whups, the line from Central station crossed the bottom of Scholes on a bridge and further on crossed the junction of Darlington Street/Warrington Lane/Darlington Street East on a bridge as well. I don't understand how King Street fits in with this line.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 20th September 2021 at 18:32

Stan. As I believe you are aware. The railway station in Ince Green Lane, was the one near to the Manley public house, and not the one near to Ince Parish Church. Mentioned just in case someone is unaware.

Comment by: DTease on 20th September 2021 at 20:47

Central Station had wooden platforms and still had gas lamps long after electricity came in.
Our bus stop was just across the road and on the rare occasions when a train came in us kids would dash across to watch the spectacle.
It was like stepping back in time.

Comment by: Eric R| on 20th September 2021 at 22:14

Ron - An excellent photograph of the Central, just as I remember it together with the old tank engines that were used on this line. I travelled into Wigan on most Saturday mornings from Westleigh and Bedford during the 1940s and fifties. My recollection is that there was seldom a shortage of passengers. I believe that Dr Beeching may have ended this era.

Comment by: Tony G on 20th September 2021 at 23:22

WN1 Standisher Just about remember the station. I was 5 when it closed. Living in Greenough Street I could see the trains arriving and departing, Must have been an early memory. An old friend of mine today states he remembers same: standing on my parents bedroom sill and watching. Must have been the final days 1964

Comment by: Tony G on 20th September 2021 at 23:25

Remember Scholes Bridge very well. Walking underneath on St Georges Walking Days

Comment by: John on 20th September 2021 at 23:45

Some very interesting information, with photos, about Wigan Central station here:

Comment by: Pw on 21st September 2021 at 08:18

Seen this tank 42456 many times at Hindley South many times.

Comment by: AH on 21st September 2021 at 10:22

I travelled to manchester from wigan central,the stations i recall ; lower ince , hindley south, bickershaw , lowton st marys ,culcheth, glazebrook , irlam ,trafford park,manchester central [G MEX].i remember lowton st marys signs being blue & white , not the BR maroon & cream

Comment by: Pw on 21st September 2021 at 11:45

There was also Westleigh and Bedford as already mentioned,used to get off there to go fishing in Pennington Flash.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 21st September 2021 at 14:41

That must have been a great sight Tony seeing the steam trains coming and going into Wigan :)

Comment by: Albert.S. on 22nd September 2021 at 16:06

The last main line passenger train to be hauled by a steam locomotive on British Rail was on the 11th of August, 1968.
The last time that I travelled on one, was on the 6th, July, 1964. ‘The City of London’. Wigan to Euston.

Comment by: cindy on 25th September 2021 at 13:00

Just think what a bonus this line would be today had it been kept open.

Comment by: Tony G on 30th September 2021 at 00:51

Yes WN1 Standisher. going on holidays to Blackpool mid 60s. Always a steam train from Wigan North Western platform 5. Mum used to put her fingers in my ears as the train arrived. It took about an hour to get to Blackpool. It was always Blackpool North. I have one recollection, a day trip of going to Blackpool Central. On a day trip about 1964 before the the station closed.

Comment by: Pw on 2nd October 2021 at 14:13

We used to go on specials from Hindley South to Blackpool Central around Easter time.

Comment by: Albert.S on 3rd October 2021 at 09:58

In the summer of 1943, went to Blackpool, from Wigan. It took over three hours. Several times the train was held up for periods of time to allow troop trains free passage.

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