Maghull – When its railway was a main line

I’m returning to the railway photos of former Maghull resident and British Rail employee Neil Reston. The 3 photo’s in this posting were all taken from the same spot where Poverty Lane Maghull crosses over the what is now the Ormskirk Line of Merseyrail but until the late 1960’s was a main line north to Scotland from Liverpool Exchange Station.

All 3 photos are of northbound trains with the lead photo being noted as a Glasgow train. They were all taken in 1968 which is right at the end of through trains using the line from for former Liverpool Exchange Station to Scotland.

I have more 1960’s photos to work my way through of railway scenes across Merseyside from the Neil Reston Collection which was kindly passed on to me by his family.

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6 thoughts on “Maghull – When its railway was a main line

  1. Phil Prosser says:

    Hi Tony

    1st photo with the class 47 is 1P08, the 09.00 Liverpool – Glasgow & Edinburgh that combined at Preston with a portion from Manchester. This ran from mid September – mid June.
    2nd photo, with a class 25 is the same train but possibly on a Sunday when it was an 09.50 departure. Sunday haulage was often a class 25.
    3rd photo, another class 47, is the 09.00 again but in the summer timetable mid June – mid September when it became 1S46 and ran direct to Glasgow/Edinburgh.

  2. Brian Fearn says:

    Nice photos. I remember these trains from 1968 . You could see them passing at certain times from Hudson school and wishing i could travel on one . Did they stop at the small stations ie maghull and did they work to a different time table from the commuter trais?

    • They would usually only stop at Ormskirk I think.

    • Phil Prosser says:

      No northbound Glasgow trains had stopped at Ormskirk since 1966, but southbound, a couple did. The 08.25 from Glasgow called at Ormskirk about 12.30 all year round, and the summer timetable 14.10 FSo, called at both Burscough Junction & Ormskirk. On a Sunday the 12.15 from Glasgow called at Ormskirk at 17.30.

      • CJ says:

        That’s really interesting to know. I’ve said for years about how through trains – at least to Lancaster – should be as normal as it is to get a train from Ormskirk to Liverpool.
        Even in the present state, it would be perfectly possible for Northern to run a service from Lancaster to Ormskirk, but of course, if you want to go from Maghull to Lancaster today, you have to board *THREE* separate trains, which is absolute madness.
        Indeed, through trains could – and should – operate from Hunts Cross to Lancaster, ensuring direct(ish) rail access to Liverpool Airport for everyone living in Ormskirk, Burscough, Preston and Lancaster.
        Onward trains to Scotland would be great, of course, but Lancaster and Preston are really important rail hubs that connect with loads of other lines. By providing direct connections with those stations, you’re opening the entire northern rail network to those living in Sefton, Liverpool and West Lancs.
        Even if they only operated seasonally, as some of them used to, you could have infrequent ‘specials’ that stopped off Aintree, Maghull, Ormskirk and Preston en route to Lancaster (and/or beyond). I’ve never understood why this would disrupt the Merseyrail timetable so much, especially when there is ample siding space at Kirkdale and Aintree, with plenty of space at other stations which can be converted back into a railway, such as at Ormskirk, with its ridiculous one platform – despite the 2nd busiest station in Lancashire, ahead of Lancaster!

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