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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 7th April, 2024)

Spring in Your Step

Spring in Your Step
Looking along the old Whelley Loop Line.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
Views: 1,520

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 7th April 2024 at 03:40

Dennis is that the track that comes out near Hindley from close by what was the Alexander pub that is now the Tesco?

Comment by: Gordon Ion on 7th April 2024 at 06:56

Nothing to do with today's nice photo but as a comparatively recent viewer of PAD and living in Perth,AustraliaI wonder if anything has ever been shown or written about V.Srandish & Sob which was a furniture shop on Standishgate before being demolished for the ring road.It was run by brother and sister Tom & Celia Standish with whom I had business relations from the 1970's till I retired in 1996. Tom was a most interesting character who I think had a son named Miles who died young. He had a treasure trove of antiques in his house off Wigan Lane.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th April 2024 at 07:31

Isn't that lovely ?
Ex railway lines are so nice to stroll along. Here there is a section of what was the line that Dr Beeching axed that runs from Walsingham to the Catholic Shrine further
along. A nice walk at any time of year.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 08:07

Everything is waking up and looking fresh. The Ivy never sleeps though..it’s choking the trees on the right.
Another good one Dennis it looks inviting.

Comment by: Gary on 7th April 2024 at 08:46

Hard to believe, sixty years ago, that view would have involved a 2-8-0 Austerity steam engine hauling fifty coal truck empties at about 25mph.
We've had two sunny days here in the NE - breezy, but it feels like Spring.

Good photo as usual, Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 08:52

That's a lovely path but looks lonely, and the walker appears to be a lady. However, she may have a dog with her who is out of sight as I imagine a lot of dog-walkers will use that path. It's lovely to see the trees beginning to show their greenery. I imagine it will be lovely and shady along there on a hot Summer's day.

Comment by: Arthur on 7th April 2024 at 08:57

Another nice photo Dennis of the old Lancashire Union Railway known locally as the Whelley loop line. It was indeed a very busy line up to the 1960s and 1970s. From the Fir tree and West Coast Main line, Platt Bridge to Adlington and Standish where it rejoined the West Coast Main line.
Today Nature has reclaimed the old track bed for people to enjoy good walks. Just be careful of off-road motor cycles being antisocial.

Comment by: Spring Sonnet No.2 on 7th April 2024 at 09:14

There was honeysuckle in the air
And a song thrush sang a song so fair
I stopped under some shady tree
To listen to the melody
For twenty minutes (maybe more)
Before a robin like a piccolo
Added harmony that so bewitched
I could not move ( I was transfixed )
With the magic of that sweet duet
Of exquisite music I can't forget ,
Every crotchet , minim and semi quaver
I still hear and shall forever savour ,
For the memory of those two fine singers
In my mind eternally lingers .


Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 09:30

That's lovely, Poet, and echoes Dennis's beautiful photo perfectly!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 09:36

Been on that track with its lovely wild flowers many a time Helen. It’s used instead of the original road to the shrine although in the early eighties it was still used. Beautiful scenery and the skies there are fantastic.

Comment by: Sandra on 7th April 2024 at 09:38

I've never walked this disused trackbed and don't know where it is, but it looks so lovely for a stroll. Thank you Dennis.

Comment by: Axcroft on 7th April 2024 at 09:45

Great picture, Dennis. Good news that the pathway is being extended from Canon Sharples up to Hall Lane, about 1km, work already underway.

Comment by: DTease on 7th April 2024 at 09:49

Ha ha! Give ‘em what they ask for Poet?

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 7th April 2024 at 09:57

Helen, a few years ago we stayed in Kings Lynn and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Quite by accident we came across a station with narrow gauge steam train that ran to Walsingham. Really enjoyable ride through the Norfolk countryside.
Walsingham and the shrine was a lovely day out and a treat to ride that little steam train.

Comment by: Arthur on 7th April 2024 at 10:01

Correct John from Westhoughton.
The line from Standish came past Alexander pub (now Tesco) then through Ince and on to De Trafford junction, there it branched to Hindley or Platt Bridge.

Comment by: Alan on 7th April 2024 at 10:14

I see what you mean about the Ivy Veronica, but they make great nest sights for Wrens, Robins and other small birds.
Very nice photo Dennis.

Comment by: Norman on 7th April 2024 at 10:39

Beeching did axe many branch lines during his time from 1963, Helen of Troy. This line was mainly used to serve pits and power stations, but also some passenger trains.
But has we moved to diesel powered locomotives they became faster and more powerful, so many branch lines weren't needed, and of course pits and coal fired power stations all more or less defunct.
But what Beeching did, but unknown to him, was to make steam and preservation railway enthusiasts around the Country. Many steam locomotives were saved from the scrap yards and tracks relayed throughout Britain for all to enjoy steam railways back in the day.
Otherwise our steam railways would have been lost for ever.
Thanks for showing, Dennis.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 11:39

It just shows Poet can turn his pen to anything
Dtease….but you must stick with it. I like those comical ones.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th April 2024 at 13:07

That is so true Norman. Here in Sheringham we are lucky to have such a stretch of line. The North Norfolk Railway, affectionately called The Poppy Line , runs to the town of Holt.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th April 2024 at 13:14

Colin, the narrow guage railway to Walsingham is still running though now I think it is owned & run by the Holkham Estate.

Veronica, when we lived near Walsingham a few years ago we used to take our little dog Sam for a walk on the pilgrim path most Sundays, he loved it.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 13:44

Ivy’s ok in the woods Alan ‘but not in my back yard’ ( garden). Birds are very welcome I have bird feeders on branches - in fact there’s a nest in my Holly tree so they don’t even need to leave home..;o)

Comment by: peebee on 7th April 2024 at 13:44

If you put your ear to the ground can you hear the ghosts of railways past.?

Comment by: Pw on 7th April 2024 at 13:47

We always called the section that crossed over Amberswood the top line.There were two signal boxes Amberswood East and west.Used to catch specials from Hindley South to join this line going to Blackpool.It was years later I found out it was called the Whelley loop line.I pass by it most weeks near the old Lancashire Union pub,now an Italian restarauant but have never walked down it.Where was the photo taken Dennis?

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 7th April 2024 at 14:06

Cheers Arthur I’m sure to have cycled that path from Hindley and joined the path from Haigh Hall going left and coming out facing Wigan Hospital.Is anyone in touch with Terry he was the Alexander landlord’s son around 1967 great lad worked with him at Harvey’s Bakery at that time on the old plant,cracking flags here in Spain 27 +.

Comment by: Ernie Broster on 7th April 2024 at 14:17

Apparently, it's only the "Whelley Loop Line" to locals. In the real world it's "Lancashire Union Railway's Wigan Avoidance Line".

Comment by: Cyril on 7th April 2024 at 14:47

Good photo Dennis showing that Spring has sprung, I've driven over the bridge many times but never been along the track bed here, I've been on it where it goes through the plantations, though that was in the 1970s when there was still tracks along it.
Axcroft, they've got their work cut out on the track bed near Hall Lane, the last time I looked over the bridge at the track bed there, it was like a mire with water and mud and the off road bikers that use it haven't helped as they've been churning the mud.

Gordon Ion, there's a couple of photos with some comments of the Standish shop, same view at different times and differing comments in the links below, there may well be more on the site if you do a search in the search box with a small magnifier top right of page, you can also type in the box photo 17482 and also photo 24149, which will take you to the two photos.



Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 15:11

Anagram Man strikes again after two peaceful, trouble-free days. Thanks for trying, though, Arthur. I am sure you will realise that "Ernie Broster" is meant to be me, and all I meant was that the path seems lonely for a lady on her own. At least he's rhymed my so-called name with "Impostor" which he obviously is. It's getting tedious now as well as childish. What a prat!

Comment by: DTease on 7th April 2024 at 15:33

Howd on Ernie, they only showed mi how fert read un rite un reckon mi wages up. They never said nowt abaat big words like “avoidance”. A were brought up wi one pump un a clog me Ernie. Took mi aw mi time fert learn “Whelley Loop Line”.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 7th April 2024 at 15:49

Veronica tell me do you ever visit the China Room on Pavilion Square as we think it’s extremely good and been consistent for the last 20 years Steven the owner what nice guy.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 7th April 2024 at 15:56

Gary are you at Seahouses,Bamburgh or Holy island as we’ve spent some time around there.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 15:58

PS, it's a shame there are no picnic benches along that path as the person who has yet again twisted my name into a brainless anagram, "Ernie Broster", is obviously a butty short of a picnic. Small things amuse small minds.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 16:39

John please bring some sun back it’s blowing a gale here. Storm Kathleen they’re calling it. No not been in there for 20 odd years. Every month or so so we go with our Art Group for Lunch I’ll mention it’s been recommended. But I’m not one for Chinese if it’s still Chinese.
Have you heard of WAG? Glad I’m not in Blackrod Art Group.

Comment by: Gary on 7th April 2024 at 16:39

John (Westhoughton) - I am in Whitley Bay. Good fish & chips in Seahouses, while Bamburgh has recovered from Covid with visitors back up to 2019 numbers. A few still get stuck between Holy Island and the shore, even though the high tide times are well posted!
Boats have returned to the Farne Islands where the bird disease has finally eased off.
Still bright here, but since I posted this morning gusting wind is blowing through from the SE.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 16:43

John, (Westhoughton), we stayed in Seahouses some years ago and it was like going back to the seaside in the 1950s. We also visited Bamburgh at the same time. It's a lovely area and the local Geordie accent is lovely too!

Comment by: Alan on 7th April 2024 at 17:52

Irene, Arthur at 8:57 mentions clearly that the Lancashire Union Railway is known Locally to us Wiganers as the Whelley loop line.
This impostor who is hiding behind the word Ernie Broster, he knows exactly what Arthur said earlier. Irene take no notice of the idiot, this for me is why Garry has not been on pad for days because of these idiots over his small accident.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 7th April 2024 at 17:54

Irene, it’s a pity Doctor Beeching didn’t axe the lines posted by Dr. Numpty.
Whoever you are and we know you get some kind of sick pleasure out of your comments but do us all a favour and and shunt yourself into some obscure desolate sidings, or seek help.
Nice picture again Dennis, looks like a lovely walk. Thanks.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 18:23

Billy no mates will love all this because he’s being noticed I think it’s called Attention Deficit or something. When does the school holidays end.?

Comment by: Sandra on 7th April 2024 at 18:26

This individual who calls him/herself Ernie Broster needs to be iceolated, in other words, don't react, they'll soon get tired.
Hope you feel better Garry.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th April 2024 at 18:33

Good idea Sandra well put the idiot in the ‘freezer’…

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 18:52

Thanks everyone. What he wants is for Veronica and I to lose our temper and retaliate on what are otherwise peaceful posts, so then WE get the blame for causing disharmony and discord on Wigan World because people know who we are, whilst he gets away with it as no-one knows who HE is. However, Sandra, although you're right in saying "don't react". it is hard to just sit here and not defend ourselves. I almost feel sorry for him....He must lead a sad little life, sitting there in his lonely lair, thinking up anagrams out of the letters from our names. There are some good photos on here and all we want is to be able to comment sensibly on them, and to sometimes have an innocent bit of fun with DTease, Poet, Garry and the rest....just a bit of friendship and a laugh. The regular, decent people on this site will now be watching out for anagrams and daft-sounding names, so give up now, you sad, selfish, pathetic little man. Thanks again, everyone. xxx

Comment by: Dek on 7th April 2024 at 19:08

I used to work for Levertons at Ashton and there was a farmer at the back name Ernie Broster.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 7th April 2024 at 19:21

Veronica I haven’t heard of WAG I take it Westhoughton Art Group,if there a chance I will bring some sunshine home but Eric Morecambe is the man for that and I see is statue once a month,Gary it seems like you explored all the avenues round there and they’re good have you been to the famous kipper place further south from Seahouses at Craster that’s a nice place I had a ride to Whitley Bay to view a electric bike during the pandemic but didn’t buy enjoyed the ride though and Irene your right about Seahouses.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th April 2024 at 21:51

Thankyou, Dek, and I am not doubting your word that there is someone in Ashton with the real name Ernie Broster , but he has never commented on here before, and his christian name and surname are both anagrams of my own name, as is "Ernie Strebor", who has "appeared" as well. Veronica has had three or four names made up of the letters from her name. I know all the "regulars" on here and the Ernie you know isn't one of them. No, this is someone different and it's just gone beyond a joke now.

Comment by: Sandra on 7th April 2024 at 21:55

Isolated, I see what you mean Veronica about the freezer (Iceolated) silly me!

Comment by: Wiganer on 8th April 2024 at 06:35

Sandra....I knew what you meant, unfortunately spellchecker does that unexpectedly. No worries on my behalf.

Comment by: Pat McC on 8th April 2024 at 08:29

Wonder if Ernie Broster would benefit from spending time doing Wordle or some anagram puzzles. He's definitely on the wrong site here. Quite sad really.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th April 2024 at 08:43

I actually thought that was very witty Sandra.
No offence at all…..

Comment by: Veronica on 8th April 2024 at 16:29

Dennis if you are looking in …this photo has been swiped by the Jolly Swagman. Just letting you know. ( no credit at all,)

Comment by: Caravans Ironed on 8th April 2024 at 20:36

Dek, I also worked at Levvies, I'll probably know you and you me. I'm almost sure Ernie Broster passed away quite a while ago.

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