Maghull – Another excellent concert at Palm House by MWO

Sefton Park Palm House

It’s hard work being a roadie for the flute player transporting all that heavy gear:-) Seriously, Maghull Wind Orchestra performed another great concert in Liverpool’s wonderful Sefton Park Palm House last Sunday.

Conductor Phil Shotton was not a well man but despite that he led the band to play some lovely music in a quite breathtaking venue.

Here are some shots of the concert:-

Orchestral Conversations

Full Palm House

Band leader Phil Shotton – Lost in the Jungle:-)

The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Maghull – Developments around the new Railway Station

A few changes at Maghull North Station as it nears completion ready for opening in a few weeks time – We are told it opens in May.

Here are some photos of artwork displayed on the School Lane boundary fence to the new station by local artists attending local schools:-

Here’s a shot of the station as it looked on Sunday 18th March:-

And the station building now has a roof, with walls being constructed:-

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Loco stuck in the snow near Maidstone 1987

A snowbound Maghull (not Maidstone East Station) Station with an Ormskirk train approaching – from 2010

For those of you who like both trains and snow a excellent You Tube video, which I have just come across, of a bad winter back in 1987.


Downholland – How did the car get there?

Seen in a field just off Broad Lane in Downholland last Sunday:-

Downholland is the Civil Parish to the north of Lydiate; it’s in West Lancashire not Sefton Borough as is Lydiate.

This one of those situations where you scratch your head and wonder how on earth the car got there. There did not seem to any tyre tracks off the road, it was as though the car had just been placed in the middle of the ploughed field.

Merseyrail – Video clips on RMT Guards dispute, new Stadler trains etc.

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

The videos are available on the Merseyrail web site – see link above

Yes of course, these video clips can be seen as one side of a propaganda war between Merseyrail and the RMT, although as I have said many times before Merseyrail are just the front for the dispute on the employers side as the real creators of the dispute are in fact Merseytravel, the public transport body for the Liverpool City Region.

I continue to scratch my head about how Merseyrail keep pretending the dispute is all theirs as they shield Merseytravel. However, I wonder what their feelings are behind closed doors? A little more robust, so to speak, about Merseytravel?

What’s even more odd is how the RMT seem to look at Merseyrail as their opposition in this dispute when in fact they know only too well that the rail operating company is simply carrying out the bidding of Merseytravel.

What an odd dispute this is in terms of how it was caused and by whom. But whatever the lines of dispute may be and how clouded they clearly are the Merseyrail travelling public still seem to be full square behind the RMT union.