Aintree Station does not look much these days; it could be anywhere. Only the horse in the modern brickwork (see first photo) is a nod to what was once a grand station of great importance.
Now an old black and white shot of the station in its hey day, which I purchased not so long ago:-
Click on this photo to enlarge it
On to some more shots of the station as it is now. Be prepared to be disappointed:-
The questions that arise from these photos are:-
Why did Aintree lose its wonderful glass roof with its cast iron supporting columns?
How can a station like Maghull (two stops down the line to Ormskirk) be very much as it was back in Victorian days whilst being modernised in a sympathetic way but Aintree lost everything?
Aintree is no longer a ‘big’ junction station yet why was it not downsized whilst keeping its historic splendor?
I suspect that generations of owners – BR, Railtrack and Network Rail – have not been good guardians of the property and bit by bit it slipped into decay until it got to the point where it needed an almost complete rebuild in an unfortunate modern way.
My previous posting about the station of last month (May 2015) is available via the link below:-
The 4 photos above are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-