Merseyrail – A cab-ride from Liverpool Central to Ormskirk in 1990

A Merseyrail train passes the former Maghull Signal Box @1990. The last track plan, from the now demolished box, is now on display as part of the Frank Hornby Trust’s exhibition area within the Town’s Meadows Leisure Center – Copyright Noted HSG

Take a while to sit back to look at this video on You Tube, it’s surprising what has changed since 1990 just using Maghull Station as an example:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuqL1P8l6B4&feature=player_embedded

Maghull Station in 1991 looking south – the old semaphore signals are of course long gone – Copyright Noted HSG

At 17 minutes and 25 seconds on the video the train passes the former Maghull Signal Box (removed in 1994) and straight after the former Station Master’s House which was then falling into disuse and subsequently dereliction – see photos below – but it is rising from the ashes once again and being rebuilt as part of a new housing development on land behind the Liverpool bound platform.

Maghull Station Master’s House in July 2006

Maghull Station Master’s House May 2019

It is said that world famous toy maker Frank Hornby who lived in two separate houses in the Town, both close to Maghull Station (The Hollies & Quarry Brook), may have used Maghull’s station buildings as inspiration for his model buildings as he regularly took the train from his local station.

With thanks to Mike Penn for the lead to this posting

Merseyrail hailed as most punctual rail operator in country

Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoollep.org/partner-news/merseyrail-hailed-as-most-punctual-rail-operator-in-country/

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

Merseyrail – A cab ride from Hunts Cross to Southport

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

This Merseyrail cab ride from Liverpool (Hunts Cross) to Southport (shot on a rainy day) was filmed in 1990. It will of course be of interest to rail enthusiasts but also to those with an eye towards local history. It may only be 19 years ago but things change all the time. Enjoy via the link below:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mx1ATImcuE&feature=player_embedded

Hall Road Station

Crosby – What will become of that lovely old library

The now closed former College Road Library in Crosby is of course a Carnegie Library and it’s a building of some merit. So sad to see it stranding there empty. Out of the shot is a Sefton Council ‘To Let’ sign.

It’s not so long ago (2012) that a fierce community-based campaign was run to save the library from closure – I covered the campaign on this blog site – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2012/11/22/save-our-libraries-a-look-at-college-road-library-in-crosby-sign-our-e-petition-at-www-seftonsays-co-uk/

I really do hope that a useful purpose can be found for this listed building, a long slow decline with minimum maintenance would be a terrible end.

That Ribble Centenary again

Vintage Ribble bus photoed at the West Lancs Light railway in 2018

I posted recently about the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ribble Buses in 1919 – here’s a link back to that posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/04/04/ribble-motor-services-this-would-have-been-their-centenary/

Well the other day I bumped into a chap who is deeply involved in organising the Ribble 100 celebrations and I gained more of an understanding about activities throughout 2019 to mark the centenary. Here’s the detail:-

And finally here’s a link to the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust’s website:-

www.rvpt.co.uk/

Ormskirk – Preston Line – A CRL video promoting it

Croston Station

I was just a little surprised to come across a seemingly pre-May 2018 railway timetable change video* (see link below) being circulated via Twitter very recently. I’ve been of the view that Community Rail Lancashire was rather disinterested in the line. The video promotes an hourly train service on the line from May 2018 and of course that didn’t happen back then** with the line suffering huge service failures during much of 2018 which even made the national news!:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvqCraWQYfU&app=desktop

I’ve blogged before (August 2018) about the seemingly disappointing approach of Community Rail Lancashire towards the Ormskirk – Preston Line. My relevant previous posting is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/08/03/does-the-west-of-lancashire-community-rail-partnership-serve-a-useful-purpose/

Burscough Junction Station on the Ormskirk – Preston line.

Maybe I need to be more positive about Community Rail Lancs if we’ve turned a corner now for the better. Here’s hoping for more positive initiatives from them.

* The video actually showcases the ‘Bee Line Project’ (no I had not heard of that either) which promotes the whole presently split rail corridor from Preston to Liverpool via Ormskirk.

** The line does now have a hourly train service and it has reached around 90% of the trains both running and near to timetable times. This is quite an improvement from the only 30%ish figures back in 2018 when services on the line all but collapsed completely. Sadly though, the consequence of such poor services for so long have meant passenger numbers on the Ormskirk – Preston part of the rail corridor are much, much lower than they were before the May 2018 timetable fiasco.