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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 3rd January, 2021)

Hindley Station


Hindley Station
Many a day trip to Southport began here.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 2,263

Comment by: Mick on 3rd January 2021 at 06:43

Im always surprised that Hindley station still as a old fashioned shaped light hanging at the front

Comment by: Gary on 3rd January 2021 at 08:33

Hindley North - was 4 platforms, both ways. Wigan Wallgate, Liverpool Exchange or Southport going east; west to Crow Nest, left line up to Dicconson Lane, Hilton House, Blackrod , Chorley; Straight on, Westhoughton, Lostock Junction, Bolton into Manchester; Right line up to Daisy Hill, Atherton and on to Manchester.
Freight travelling west by passed Wigan and Ince, travelling in a straight line rejoining the passenger loop just past Pemberton.

Comment by: Garry on 3rd January 2021 at 09:12

Great photo Dennis, use to have four sets of tracks at one time now only two, was called Hindley North years ago. Used the station many times.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd January 2021 at 09:17

Hindley Station is beautifully kept. Well done to the volunteers who look after it. Lovely photo, Dennis. I like the lamp...it fits in with the lovely, homely old-fashioned feel of the station. Dolly and I like a nice old-fashioned station, don't we dear? (I couldn't resist that, Veronica!). xx

Comment by: Arthur on 3rd January 2021 at 09:17

The lamp is traditional station furniture, just like inside to the ticket office. I thought you would have know that Mick...its simply common sense.

Comment by: Rev David long on 3rd January 2021 at 09:45

Gary - the Pemberton loop wasn't put in just for freight - when competition for passengers between Liverpool and Manchester was at its height the aim was to cut the travel time between the two cities - that was the principal reason for putting in the loop line. It gave a 40 minute run. Cheshire lines did something similar in putting a direct line by-passing Warrington, from the Sankey Canal viaduct to Padgate.

Comment by: Arthur on 3rd January 2021 at 09:56

These photos in the last 4 or 5 days have been great. Thanks.

Comment by: Arthur on 3rd January 2021 at 11:00

Gary the line also connected to de- Trafford junction (whelley line).

Comment by: Gary on 3rd January 2021 at 11:11

My earlier comment - I should not post early on Sunday! East to Crow Nest, west to Wigan and Southport. Sorry!

Comment by: bryan traynor on 3rd January 2021 at 11:12

Started work here in the Booking Office in 1956.Two shifts 6-1 and 1-8 six days a week

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd January 2021 at 11:57

Complete with oak lined Buffet - and and a Brandy at sixpence my dear. Not forgetting the rock buns, I remember the one at Wallgate - it was always full of steam..
Hindley Station is a credit to the volunteers, the gardens always look lovely and tidy, Summer and Winter.

Comment by: Mick on 3rd January 2021 at 12:12

Arthur I can see its a old fashioned traditional style of lamp which would give very poor illumination for Hindley station passengers.
Just wondering why the health a safety man as not had it changed to a more modern one.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 3rd January 2021 at 12:48

The station entrance makes for a neat photo Dennis...I like the lamp, gives a homely look....I too am surprised its still there Mick, surprised it wasn't junked years ago in favour of a nasty modern light !

Comment by: Pat McC on 3rd January 2021 at 13:02

Working over 80 hours a week, Bryan, wouldn't have left much time for leisure. The working days were generally longer and I remember working Saturday mornings as part of a normal week.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 3rd January 2021 at 13:59

Helen, I think it IS modern lamp, just in the old style, and very nice and fitting it looks when we pass in the car. It's a lovely old station.

Comment by: Arthur on 3rd January 2021 at 15:35

Mick lad, I'll try and educate thi, it has very good street lighting.

Comment by: Pw on 3rd January 2021 at 15:35

Pat McC.I presume Bryan worked these shifts alternatley.6 till 1 one week and 8 till 1 the next week, 42 hours a week,and I bet the wages were rubbish.

Comment by: Edna on 3rd January 2021 at 15:40

The gardens on this station is a credit to all the volunteers who look after them. Its lovely to look at passing through on the train.

Comment by: Pat McC on 3rd January 2021 at 18:33

Oops, how stupid of me. Thanks Pw. I did think that 14 hours a day was a lot, even for the 50s!

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