All change at Salford
It was only after I had a good look at this photograph, after I got home, that I realised that virtually everything visible here has been constructed after I first came to live in these parts 35 years ago. About the only structure remaining from those far-off days is the railway itself and its impressive viaduct curving around the loop in the River Irwell, off to the right.
In the left background the glass towers of Media City UK mark the site of the former Salford Docks. Just visible in the far distance, a little to the left of the other remnant of industrial era in this view, the church spire now isolated on the Regent Road roundabout, is the angled shed housing the Chill Factore, Britain's longest indoor ski slope, adjacent to the M60. Even my vantage point from which I took this picture, a multi-storey car park, is a 21st Century construction.
Of the locomotive I can tell you nothing save that the number, as you can see, is 66171. It is stopped at the signal and a rail worker in hi-viz is sauntering down the trackside in the summer heat.