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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 12th May, 2014)

The A train


The A train
Haigh Country Park. The train up to recently has been running on half the track, the track is now restored and is in full service.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon power-shot G9 400s at f 4.5 200asa)
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Comment by: Ken R on 12th May 2014 at 00:08

I don't know about the A-Train, it looks a bit like the Flying Scott to me, Many years since I have rode on one of those tracks. What is the total length of the system Ron? Great outing.

Comment by: Norman Skellon, Sydney, Australia on 12th May 2014 at 05:00

This railway opened in 1986. In the 1950s we used to ride on a similar attraction which ran on the roadway: are there any pictures of this in Wiganworld?

Comment by: Mick on 12th May 2014 at 07:48

Ken R Its a long ride now its fully opened I bet its a 1/3 of a mile in lenght.

You can have a ride on it by copying and pasting the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73wloxZTO2s

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 12th May 2014 at 13:30

Thanks for the link Mick. This lead to other video`s of Pacific A4 steam loco`s Sir Nigel Gresley and Union of South Africa. Sir Nigel Gresley went thro` Dawlish, Devon last month and one video shows the damage to the track and seawall in the storms last February and the new track and seawall.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 12th May 2014 at 14:56

Norman Skellon; Look in Album, Places, Haigh Hall. On page 4, 2nd on 2nd row and 2nd on last row.
Photo`s of miniature railway are on page 2, 2nd on 4th row and on page 4, last on 2nd row.

Comment by: Helen on 12th May 2014 at 15:35

Lovely little loco at Haigh & I hope you don't mind Ron but I wanted to comment on the steam train pictured on Tuesday..The Britain..posted by Mick.
Mick we really enjoyed Part 1 & 2 on 'youtube' of your trip on the Carlisle & Settle railway. We are going on the trip ourselves at the beginning of June & really look forward to it.

Comment by: Mick on 12th May 2014 at 17:51

Helen take your own buttys and drinks because they charge a lot for theres.

A lot of people where eating M&S buttys and salads on out trip, also there some good chip shops in Carlisle if your feeling peckish.

I noticed a lot of the steam engine mad men wearing goggles so they didnt get any coal dust in there eyes when leaning out of the window.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 12th May 2014 at 19:30

Helen;You`ve got steam trains in your own backyard!

Comment by: Norman Skellon, Sydney, Australia on 13th May 2014 at 05:00

Thanks, Ernest. Page 4, last row was the one! Lots of memories from fifty-odd years ago.

Comment by: Helen on 13th May 2014 at 07:44

Yes Ernest, I do & we often stand at Sheringham statation watching whats going on but we are drawn like magnets to a puff of steam anywhere else. Last year it was the Welsh Highland railway, Carnarvon to Portmadoc, all great stuff, I love it !
PS I put it all down to my early days in India when we travelled on trains !

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 13th May 2014 at 12:26

Helen: I regularly look at:-
http://webcams.nnrailway.co.uk/
I`ve been on the Fort William to Mallaig, Portmadoc to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Settle to Carlisle. Have you been on the East Lancashire railway from Heywood to Rawtenstall?
Norman; Glad you found it.

Comment by: Jemmy on 13th May 2014 at 14:47

Theirs, Mick...not there's! You'll get it right one day...

Comment by: Helen on 14th May 2014 at 08:29

At the risk of boring everyone with railway talk Ernest...we have been on the Fort William trip, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was something . Have heard of the East Lancs...another for the list !

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