I’m member of the Mersey Railway Group on Facebook and every now and again I come across interesting old photos of our local railway stations. Here are 3 I’ve just seen for the first time. The copyright for each one is owned by John Tolson:-
Maghull Station – 10th March 1979
Maghull Station 13th June 1974
Aintree Station 11th August 1973
The first shot shows the former Maghull Signal Box (Removed in 1994, if memory serves) and the Station Master’s House, which having remained derelict for many a year is presently being renovated as part of the new housing development behind the Liverpool bound platform.
The last shot, of what used to be called Aintree Sefton Arms Station (Aintree Central was the adjacent Cheshire Lines Station), is interesting because some of the old tracks which served the Metal Box Factory (and before that the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway to Southport) were still is use back then as can be seen by the diesel shunter in the platform. The station still retained its platform canopy back then too. So sad that it was removed instead of being renovated.
The old Class 502 EMU rolling stock is evident in all 3 photos. The last remaining 502 two car unit is presently in a warehouse-type building in Burscough, owned by Merseyside Transport Trust, where it is painstakingly being restored by the Friends of the 502 Group
502 at Burscough – July 2018
I attended what turned out to be a packed out talk about the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, which ran from Aintree Central Station, through Sefton & Maghull & Lydiate Stations and on through rural West Lancs to terminate at Southport Lord Street Station. The talk was given by Keith Hick on 13th February and when I say packed out I mean it! The studio at The Atkinson seats 260 we were told and they had to put extra chairs out to accommodate everyone wanting to hear and see it. Seems there are many railway enthusiasts in and around Sefton Borough:-)
Closed now since 1952 the line was never profitable but there were people in the audience who clearly still recall it. I’ve blogged about the line many times and one of my postings was about Lydiate Station signal box – it’s accessible via the link below:-
Keith Hick is a wonderful story teller and the huge number of photos that he produced brought out many which I had not previously seen despite my having a big interest in the line for many years. He also brought along a beautiful steam engine nameplate:-
The plate is from Ex-LMS rebuilt Patriot Class 4-6-0 No 45527 ‘Southport’. Here’s a link to photo of the loco and more information about it:-
All in all a great and well received talk by Keith Hick, indeed the staff at The Atkinson told us it was the largest audience they had ever had for a local history talk.
Note: Peter Kendrick advises me that Lydiate Station was demolished (probably by Rainfords) in May 73.
Liverpool’s once extensive tramway network got as far north as Aintree Sefton Arms/Queens Arms pubs and Aintree Sefton Arms Station/Aintree Central Station on Warbreck Moor road.
Whilst at a recent open day of the Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway, at their Taylor Street Birkenhead Tram Shed HQ, my eyes lighted upon Liverpool Tram No.762 sat in Taylor Street Tram Shed. It took my attention as the destination board was set for Route 22 – Aintree via Scotland Road.
In fact Route Number 22 and the Destination Board of Aintree seen in this photo seem to be slightly at odds as I understand that Route 22 actually went to Fazakerley whereas Routes 20 and 21 went to Aintree Sefton Arms/Queens Arms pubs.
The Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway, with its mile or so of track leading to Woodside Ferry Terminal from Taylor Street Tram Shed, will be celebrating the running of Liverpool’s last Tram on Saturday 16th September 2017. A link to their facebook Page is available below:-
That last tram ran on Saturday 14th September 1957 although the Aintree route was converted to buses commencing Sunday 5th August 1951.
The 2nd photo is amongst my flickr photos at:-
Click on map to enlarge it.
This is my last posting, at least for now, about the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool (which I picked up for a song on Bewdley Railway Station not long ago) with particular reference to its lost railways.
The former line from Seaforth and the North Mersey Goods Yard past Linacre Road (closed April 1951), Ford (Closed April 1951) and Aintree Racecourse (closed March 1962) onto what is now the Liverpool Kirkby Merseyrail line is interesting. Most of it is just about still there; well at least the section from Aintree to the Liverpool – Southport line between the Strand and Seaforth & Litherland is. Indeed, there is still a single track here with trees and bushes growing through it. Merseytravel often used to talk of it being reopened but sadly this seems to be little more than vague speculation that gets repeated every 5 years or so.
Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.
On the former Cheshire Lines route around Liverpool Clubmoor station (closed November 1960) is there as is Warbreck Station (Closed November 1960) and Aintree Central (Closed November 1960) but used for race traffic until March 1963. The line closed in December 1964.
As with my last posting I recommend Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985 as a good point of reference.
I have recently posted about Aintree Central Station (02/12/13) together with Sefton & Maghull (22/11/13) and Lydiate (28/11/13) Stations. Aintree was the starting point for the long gone Cheshire Lines Extension Railway to Southport. Here, via the link above, we have the holiday town destination of Southport Lord Street Station.
This fascinating site has some good photos and accurate historical facts.
We will have a look at the other stations between Lydiate and Southport in a future posting.