Merseyrail’s Norther Lines – Posting 2 – The Southport Line

A random selection of photos taken along the Liverpool – Southport Line:-

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Looking towards Bank Hall Station which is just beyond the road over-bridge.

Looking towards Bank Hall Station which is just beyond the road over-bridge.

This former railway tunnel once took a railway line under the Liverpool - Southport line at Bootle Strand Station. It is now a pedestrian walkway with the Strand Shopping Centre car park visible through it.

This former railway tunnel once took a railway line under the Liverpool – Southport line at Bootle Strand Station. It is now a pedestrian walkway with the Strand Shopping Centre car park visible through it.

A Class 507 EMU arriving at Formby Station from Liverpool.

A Class 507 EMU arriving at Formby Station from Liverpool.

Steps down to the platforms at Formby Station.

Steps down to the platforms at Formby Station.

Hillside Station clearly showing its LMS history.

Hillside Station clearly showing its LMS history.

A Liverpool bound 507 EMU approaching the Crescent Road level crossing in Birkdale, Southport.

A Liverpool bound 507 EMU approaching the Crescent Road level crossing in Birkdale, Southport.

Southport Station at night with a 507/508 EMU awaiting to depart for Liverpool.

Southport Station at night with a 507/508 EMU awaiting to depart for Liverpool.

Photos 1, 2, 4, 6 & 7 are also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

My 1st posting on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Northern Line is available via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/02/07/merseyrails-northern-lines-posting-1-the-ormskirk-line/

Southport – Their Rail Transport Forum

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I have mentioned this grouping a number of times in my posts about rail related challenges that Southport faces particularly with regard to the Southport – Wigan – Manchester line.

If you would like to follow what this excellent group is up to in their campaigns here is a link to their Facebook page:-

www.facebook.com/southportrailtransportforum/?fref=nf

Lydiate – Meeting a Lydiate Parish Councillor from the 1960’s

The other day Sheila and I were invited to Roy Connell’s 70th birthday party and a lovely do it was too in the Derby Arms in Aughton.

But one of those great coincidences of life popped up because amongst the guests was a certain John Kitson who had been a member (and I think Chairman of) Lydiate Parish Council in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Roy on the left was a Lib Dem Maghull Town & Sefton Borough councillor for Maghull for many years. John (on the right) was a Ratepayer member of Lydiate Parish Council in the 1960's

Roy (on the left) was a Lib Dem Maghull Town & Sefton Borough councillor for Maghull until he retired from council activities in 2010. John (on the right) was a Ratepayer member of Lydiate Parish Council in the 1960’s

Roy introduced John to me as an old trade union and work colleague of his because he knew I would also be interested in John’s previous life as a fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor.

John told me that he then lived in Moss Lane, was a member of the Parish Council for 8 years and that he sat within what was then the controlling Ratepayer Group on the Council.

What a small world it is and I was so pleased to meet John and talk about Lydiate in his day. John no longer lives in Lydiate but I am sure we all wish him well in his retirement.

Sefton – The troubled Borough – Southport being invited to leave?

In some ways it would be no surprise to hear that Southport’s councillors want Southport to leave Sefton. The former County Borough of Southport has, of course, always been unhappy about being dumped into one of the many odd creations of the Tories 1974 local government reorganisation.

But to give the Borough’s Sefton Councillors from Southport their due they have always tried to make Sefton work as well as it can for their seaside town despite them being opposed to its creation. However, things seem to have moved on and in a far from positive way as the article below shows from a recent edition of Southport News:-

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Whilst at face value being invited to leave the Borough is what most Sandgrounders would want to see the fact is that Southport is stuck with being in Sefton for the foreseeable future so it needs assurance and confidence that the Town will be getting its fair share of the Borough’s resources and that the Council’s Bootle based Leaders are actually taking notice of Southport’s needs. Can Southport’s councillors have such confidence based on the reaction of Labour’s Bootle Bucks to a simple plea for access to Ainsdale Beach to be maintained in the winter months?

Hornby Trains in trouble

Dave Howel  (the chap on the right of the photo) displays his historic Hornby tinplate collection at Christ Church, Waterloo not so long ago.

Dave Howel (the chap on the right of the photo) displays his historic Hornby tinplate collection at Christ Church, Waterloo not so long ago.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35538800

The BBC web site has the story – see link above

Shares in model rail company Hornby tumbled by 62% after the firm warned of mounting losses following a “disappointing” start to the new year.

The group – whose brands also include Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi – said recent UK trading was far worse than expected.

It was the products of Maghull resident Frank Hornby that put the town on the map and of course Maghull has its own Frank Hornby Trust with display cases of his early products in Meadows Leisure Centre.

We can only hope for a better future for this world famous toy/model company.

With thanks to Keith Page & Roy Connell for the lead to this story

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Bird’s eye view of Liverpool’s waterways

Van Oord - Artemis in the Mersey

Van Oord – Artemis in the Mersey

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j1dp0

This short BBC video (see link above) is well worth watching for a bird’s eye view of Liverpool’s waterways.

The photo above is amongst my flicker shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/