Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 23rd May, 2015)
The 12:45 to Bolton
Great photo, but you can't beat the old steam trains for atmosphere. I don't rccognize buildings anymore but is the train going to or coming from Bolton. I used to travel the same train to Thornleigh College.
is that Wallgate?
I cant see the driver
these are the worst units ever when were working on the tracks and they pass us you get covered in human waste northern rail need to get shut of them and invest in new rolling stock
It's just a bus on rails...you can't beat the sound, smell of a steam engine in all it's glory.
Good shot John, but these don't appeal to me.
Cullie their NOT the worst units ever...those silly looking pacers are the worst ever ride, based on a Leyland bus.
The train is coming from the direction of Bolton. Trains to Bolton are on the other side of the platform.
If it was coming from Bolton Wallgate bridge would be immediately behind it. There are no trees at the end of the westbound platform!
The caption says it all Derek.LOL. In those days it was the 8.21am(That I too used). Tunnel under Wallgate & station steps are behind the photographer.
I believe Johns caption is right. The train IS going to Bolton.
Andy the train is coming from southport the flats behind are near uncle joes toffee factory
Andy, this is the 12:45 TO Bolton arriving at Wallgate station, having just passed under the West Coast mainline. I agree with Alex that the Pacers are the worst ever but that is from a passenger's point of view. I don't know anything about the human waste problem with Sprinters cullie, it must be disgusting. Whatever, certainly Northern Rail need to invest in a lot of new rolling stock.
Northern Rail have some decent trains but we don`t see them this side of Manchester.
The Manchester Victoria to Leeds trains are air conditioned and there are three coach electric trains from Manchester Piccadilly to places such as Glossop.
Nice a bod unit these compared to the usual pacer bugs. Fuji XPro1 eh John? Nice bit of kit. I have a good selection of Fujinon lenses if you ever want to try one.
There was nothing like the old 'Jubilee' Class, the 'Patriot' Class and the 'Princess' class steam trains when we were trainspotters.
Who remembers those?
Interesting pic though.
Thanks for the offer Dave, I might just take you up on it. Fred, I well remember the locomotives you refer to and have many happy memories. Unfortunately I missed getting good photographs of some of the classes because of inadequate equipment before they passed into blessed memory.
Still cant see a driver in this train thats arriving in Wigan
We HAVE four coach trains HERE Ernest...on this line at peak times.
MICK the driver is behind the black screen frame to the right of the Bolton sign...where do you think he'd be????? think of camera angle.
Garry; I know, but they don`t compare with those I mentioned.
Alex I still cant see him so if hes not there that means the train is parked up and not arriving at Wallgate station as described in the photo.
Ive found some videos of trains arriving and departing Wigan Wallgate
Ones seven got Geoffrey Shryhane the Wigan journalist sat on it heading to Manchester.
All train drivers are at the left hand side...Mick.
Alex if theres a driver sat on the left hand side of that train he must be very thin.
Mick, bear in mind the driver sits well back on these units and as Alex says the camera angle means he will be hidden by the window pillars.
My mistake. It is heading the other way.