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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 31st January, 2022)

Into the Sunset


Into the Sunset
Springs Branch.

Photo: Mike Lavin  (iPhone)
Views: 2,121

Comment by: DTease on 31st January 2022 at 00:07

I like what you have done here Mike.
I think we have found another talented photographer.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 31st January 2022 at 01:00

A sunset in the south-east?

Comment by: Derek Platt on 31st January 2022 at 04:10

Well back in the day, like many kids, I collected train numbers. I knew of springs branch but never went there. Is it really in Wigan

Comment by: Mick on 31st January 2022 at 07:15

Looking west towards Shevington

Comment by: Poet on 31st January 2022 at 08:05

A composition full of speed and motion . Brilliant.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st January 2022 at 08:59

The line that passes through a lovely little town called 'Howfen'. (The best is left behind.!)

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st January 2022 at 09:01

Its a good photo, train tracks disappearing into the distance.
Is Shevington in the west ? If it is, thats where I thought the sun set.

Comment by: joe bloggs on 31st January 2022 at 09:36

used to go there in the 60s to see the steam engines getting their fires up to steam

Comment by: Jembo on 31st January 2022 at 09:42

Nice angle and lines. Looking South-east. It would be better with a train though.

Comment by: Anne on 31st January 2022 at 10:34

Looks like taken from Cemetery road bridge. George is more or less right with his direction.

Comment by: irene roberts on 31st January 2022 at 10:46

Springs Branch is indeed in Wigan, Derek, although certain pedantic people on here will point out that it is in the Lower Ince/ Spring View area of Wigan rather than the town itself. I was very familiar with Springs Branch as a child, accompanying my much-older brother Colin to the railway sheds on a Friday afternoon to collect his wages. When you pass the cemetery as the nights draw in and draw out every year, (and I passed it regularly on the bus for many years when I was coming home from work), the sun goes down BEHIND the cemetery as you look through the bus window, so I just can't get my bearings here. That is just an observation, not at all a slur on the photo.... Good one!

Comment by: Joan on 31st January 2022 at 11:17

Our Jimmys been on the phone and he says this photo is looking the other way towards the sunrise, he walks the dog down that road.

Comment by: Mike on 31st January 2022 at 11:44

It was taken about. 10am it was just a figure of speech thought it fitted the photo that's all . So your all right it wasn't a sunset.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 31st January 2022 at 12:27

It is a bit dodgy playing dominoes on the track.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st January 2022 at 12:48

The sun rises in the East and sets in the West...something that never changes..

Comment by: Ray on 31st January 2022 at 12:49

When this photograph was taken, Mike Lavin and his camera are looking
in a North Westerly direction. Approx one and a half miles north of here
is Wigan North Western railway station. The railway tracks going away to
the left of the picture lead to Liverpool, via St Helens. The sunshine in the
distance is a sunset.

Comment by: John G on 31st January 2022 at 13:42

Mike: Interesting photo going into the sunset, nice that you have taken it with perspective of lines to the distance well done.
But you can’t beat John Wayne looking in the sunset saying, get on your horse pilgrim, and get the hell outa here. It doesn’t have the same meaning with Train’s.

Comment by: DTease on 31st January 2022 at 14:21

John Wayne also made a little-known film about herding a flock of sheep across the desert John G, at the end of which he uttered the now immortal words "Let's get the flock out of here" at least that's what it sounded like to me.

Comment by: Anne on 31st January 2022 at 14:30

Ray… I disagree, looking on google street view standing on Cemetery road bridge this view is looking south. Wigan North western is behind the photographer. Also google street view shows quite clearly the blue notice on the large building to the left.

Comment by: John G on 31st January 2022 at 14:32

DeTease: I can understand that mate especially at your age, but don’t forget your cauliflower ear, and what your mam used to say to you about going deaf and blind if you carried on with what you were doing. “ It all takes effect as you get older.”

Comment by: irene roberts on 31st January 2022 at 14:44

DTease, you've cheered me up! ....Actually, he made that film in Spring View down "t'sand-hole", and had a shot of red-eye in The Walmesley Arms. Veronica and I were saloon gals!

Comment by: Veronica on 31st January 2022 at 15:12

hahaha teehee! A good 'un Dt....
Didn't he also say "GED off your horse and drink your milk! But in the unique way he spoke...

Comment by: Poet on 31st January 2022 at 15:12

Sometimes Big John didn't even need a horse John G . Like at the end of
' The Searchers ' , when he strides out through the cabin door into the magenta sunset and swaggers slowly into the desert . He looks bigger than Monument Valley silhouetted in the distance .
There's no sunset at all however in what I reckon to be the greatest cowboy exit of all time when in ' Pale Rider' , Clint Eastwood rides like a ghost back into the snowing mountains from which he was summoned .

Comment by: Ray on 31st January 2022 at 15:38

Anne, Yes, you are correct, I must have been looking at the picture upside
down, so it will be a sunrise, not a sunset. The tracks to the left are heading
into Springs Branch Railway Depot. Many thanks, Ray.

Comment by: DRease on 31st January 2022 at 18:04

What did you say John G? I can’t see your writing!

Comment by: James Hanson on 31st January 2022 at 18:14

“just a figure of speech”?

“Send us three and fourpence, we’re going to a dance”.

Comment by: John G on 31st January 2022 at 18:16

DRease: Just keep taking the tablets, and make sure there’s no holes in your re-enforced pockets.

Comment by: peebee on 31st January 2022 at 19:19

sorry Ray, this is taken at ten am so a sunrise not sunset, looking sarf.
If you look closely between the first two pylons on the right of the picture you can just make out the mottled brick wall running from the bridge downhill to where an old saadle tank used to shunt, I think it may of been a coal mine .We used to sit on the wall train spotting and there was a sidings line along the wall and occasionaly our view would be blocked.......Oooooo we could have crushed a grape.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 31st January 2022 at 20:31

That Mick thinks all roads (and railway lines) lead to Shevington.
Springs Branch is in Ince and Ince is in between Hindley and Wigan and that line doesn’t go anywhere near Westhoughton Veronica.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st January 2022 at 21:32

That line goes through Westhoughton and Daisy Hill. I catch it twice a week and I will do so tomorrow George. There's a train once an hour from Daisy Hill and also once an hour from Westhoughton both lines merge into the same line for Wigan. It passes through Hindley and Ince - I don't think I'm dreaming either. And Howfen is a nice little town... as you say not all rail lines lead to Shevvy La.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st January 2022 at 22:05

Actually if it's not the exact line it must be in the vicinity. Howfen is still a nice town! Even though we don't have a Parish Council!

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 31st January 2022 at 23:13

Ha ha ha. You take the biscuit, Veronica.
The line which goes through Westhoughton is the Manchester to Southport line. The line in this photo is the West Coast Mainline.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 31st January 2022 at 23:40

Veronica, we do have a parish council, only it’s called a town council and we pay a parish precept.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st February 2022 at 00:58

I don't give a monkeys which line it is that comes through from W/H to Wigan . The pair of you are the most boring , pedantic posters that come on here. Get a life ... Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee!

Comment by: Poet on 1st February 2022 at 08:53

Veronica , I hope you delivered that salvo in your best John Wayne voice .

Comment by: Veronica on 1st February 2022 at 09:26

I shoulda taken Dtease's advice Poet ... " Get the flock outa here'' ! ....;~))

Comment by: irene roberts on 1st February 2022 at 09:54

Agreed, Veronica....pedantic isn't the word! Stick to the Siegfried Line, Dolly dear, and we'll hang our washing on it!

Comment by: Veronica on 1st February 2022 at 12:58

Good idea Irene, best not put my 'smalls' on though - might give someone a heart attack!;~)

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 1st February 2022 at 17:01

Veronica, would you rather carry on not knowing the correct information?
There’s nothing wrong in correcting someone who thinks they know something, but they are barking up the wrong tree.
You learned two things here. One, that the photo is not of the line that runs through Westhoughton, the other is that you have a parish council just like Shevington has.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st February 2022 at 17:36

A town council George.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 1st February 2022 at 19:14

Parish and Town Councils are the same; they have the same powers and act within the same legislation. A Town Council is a Parish Council that has usually decided to have a mayor and call itself a Town Council.

Comment by: James Hanson on 1st February 2022 at 20:32

Same thing Vera.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd February 2022 at 08:31

Always referred to as t'Town Council...
" Has't 'eared who's bin elected fot Teawn Ceawncul ?" - " Aye , he'll be no use....".
Definitely never referred to as the
" Parish Council" even if it's the same or not.
I'll go with the town's people where I've lived for 53 years.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 2nd February 2022 at 11:03

Call it what you will. Westhoughton, Blackrod and Horwich are, officially, “Civil Parishes”. They each have a Parish Council, or a town council, if you like.
In my opinion, all the towns in a metropolitan borough should have one.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd February 2022 at 12:42

As Shakespeare was want to quote.. " a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet"..
A reference used to state that the name of things do not affect what they really are.. I'll stick with what we in Howfen call the Town Council..in fact I can't see the title 'Parish Council' taking off at all. Might have done many years ago when it was just a village in the back of beyond.

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