Aintree Shed – 8L

Aintree once had a huge steam shed, known as 8L to supply the local rail network with motive power in the form of steam engines.

Once a year it would be inundated with engines when the Grand National was on but it was a busy shed anyway right through until the 1960’s.

Not so long ago I received a card and on it was a black and white photo of a steam engine ‘on shed’ at Aintree so I thought I would share the photo which I have scanned from the card.

Loco 45529 Stephenson at Aintree Shed

Loco 45529 Stephenson at Aintree Shed

Lick on the photo to enlarge it.

For those interested in learning more about Aintree Shed and the other steam sheds across Merseyside there is an excellent book by Kenn Pearce called Shed Side on Merseyside – The Last Days of Steam

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Speaking French – Hope the ‘kippers did not hear!

Stood on Maghull railway station (‘train station’ is an American terminology) the other day and what do I hear but fluent French being spoken. On turning around I see a young lady on her mobile phone having a conversation in French.

I never got beyond the odd French word and the railways of France myself at school, much to my shame, but at least I was happy to hear a European language being spoken in Maghull. If it had been a ‘kipper hearing this it would have been a call to UK Boarder Force with demands to deport I assume!

Investment in Merseyside’s Motorways & A5036

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/years-delays-ahead-merseyside-motorways-9557052

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

The investment in the A5036 from Switch Island to Seaforth Docks is not detailed in the Echo story but then again it would seem that they (the Highways Agency) are not even close to a firm proposals position as yet i.e. they are still pondering upgrading the A5036 or putting a new road down the Rimrose Valley Country Park or indeed both! My previous post of a few days ago refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/26/access-to-the-port-of-liverpool-getting-there-slowly/

By the way have you driven along the M57 (northbound carriageway) between the junction with the M62 and the Prescot turn off? If you have you will probably be thinking about those mounds of tarmac in the slow lane that have appeared in recent times. I assume they are meant to fill in potholes but they are are raised up well above the rest of the road surface and drivers can be seen trying to avoid them by weaving around them! Yes, I know, this is a motorway for goodness sake surely the Highways Agency can fix potholes properly, can’t they?

Skelmersdale – More on that railway prioject

Merseyrail through to Wigan?

The old Skelmersdale Station - now long gone in the name of progress!

The old Skelmersdale Station – now long gone in the name of progress!

I have been pondering the recent news which seems to indicate that if Government can come up with a big enough cheque and other significant sources of money can be tapped into then a railway into Skelmersdale could well be a runner.

My previous postings on this subject are available via the links below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/08/08/is-skelmersdale-really-going-to-get-a-railway-station/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/01/skelmersdale-that-plan-to-bring-a-railway-back-to-the-town-an-update/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/11/skelmersdale-the-detail-of-the-skem-rail-link-project/

As you may have picked up by now the plan is to extend the Merseyrail electric service from Kirkby to Skem’, whist then having a less frequent diesel service from Skem’ to Wigan. Is that not just moving the present problem down the line from Kirkby to Skem’?

By this I mean that Kirkby is presently the end of the line for Merseyrail and passengers to Wigan have to change trains there. Under these new proposals the change will still have to be made but in Skem’ instead of Kirkby.

Would it not be more sensible to extend Merseyrail all the way to Wigan just like in the good old days when there were no silly sets of buffers breaking up the service between Liverpool and Wigan via Kirkby? Wigan is still the most logical end of the line.

Liverpool – ‘Gateways’ to the City?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/gateways-liverpool-how-first-impressions-9542202

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

How many of these projects will take off, or if they do, will look as they are represented here is open for debate but one in particular is hugely controversial as it means that the former Futurist Cinema will have to be demolished. The prospect of this has already kick-started a campaign to try to save this interesting building. I took this photo of it a couple of weeks ago:-

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The BBC has this interesting page on the history of the Futurist:-

www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/localhistory/journey/lime_street/cinemas/futurist.shtml

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/