The ticket for the Blues & Gospel Train performance. Produced by famous Granada TV 'light entertainment' producer Johnny Hamp, this ticket gets you on the train leaving Central Station (GMEX) and taking you to Wilbraham Rd Railway Station where there were top notch blues performances...

Until I saw this ticket I was under the impression that the performance was at the station where Morrisson's supermarket now stands, but according to the instructions on this ticket it was actually more at the bottom end of Whalley Range...

Thanks to Peter Goldsmith

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PaulCh SAYS –

Have seen some of footage on YouTube and definitely shot at the old Wilbraham Road Station that was behind Whalley Range High School. The station was closed in 1958 but the line was still open until the late 1980's for Freight.

COMMENT ADDED 05.08.2008

nobby SAYS –

I wuz there! Well sort of. Me and a few scruffy mates heard about this thing that was going on down the road from us, at the disused Wilbraham Road station on Alexander Road South. We pedalled our choppers and home-made clunkers down to the road bridge over the railway, and propped our bikes against the brickwork and stood on the crossbar to look over the parapet. We looked down onto the "Chorltonville" station, all done up like a western station, and watched Sister Rosetta Tharp do some Gospelly stuff. As it was getting dark and I was only 11, I had to leave, but however briefly, I wuz there!

COMMENT ADDED 16.01.2011

dubwise-er SAYS –

Wow, that's mega!!

COMMENT ADDED 17.01.2011

Medion SAYS –

Chris Bowden, Drummer with Paul Fenda and the Teenbeats 1961-1963. Later with John Morgan and the BASIX. (see Manchester District Music Archive)
I was one of the BASIXS invited to take part in the filming of the Granada Televison programme "The Blues and Gospel Train". We had to meet at Central Station and were filmed running (over the camera man) onto the platform (usually reserved for the prestigious "Midland Pullman" Once on the train we were filmed performing a few of our usual favourite Blues numbers. On arrival at Wilbraham Road (aka "Chorltonville") we joined the crowd and watched Muddy Waters walking the track toward the station. What a day.
The station at Wilbraham Road was disused and part of the closed Manchester Central to Faifield loop line.
Whatever happened to John Morgan and the rest of the BASIXS.
Chris Bowden, alive and kicking but not drumming.

COMMENT ADDED 25.01.2014

bladesy SAYS –

Excellent footage of Sister Rosetta Tharpe - the Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll. and full story here

COMMENT ADDED 22.03.2016

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TICKET, 1964