Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 3rd January, 2021)
Im always surprised that Hindley station still as a old fashioned shaped light hanging at the front
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
These photos in the last 4 or 5 days have been great. Thanks.
Gary the line also connected to de- Trafford junction (whelley line).
My earlier comment - I should not post early on Sunday! East to Crow Nest, west to Wigan and Southport. Sorry!
Started work here in the Booking Office in 1956.Two shifts 6-1 and 1-8 six days a week
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
Mick lad, I'll try and educate thi, it has very good street lighting.
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.
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.
Oops, how stupid of me. Thanks Pw. I did think that 14 hours a day was a lot, even for the 50s!