Leeds Liverpool Canal – Bicentenary celebrations in Sefton Borough – An update

Here’s the latest news as I understand it for the celebrations in the Maghull, Lydiate, Melling and Aintree Village communities.

Canal BiCentenary

* I can confirm that Lydiate Parish Council has pledged a donation of £1000 towards the celebrations.

* The launch event will take place at Mersey Motorboat Club in Lydiate on 4th June. No details known as yet – could be a boaters event or public?

A Maghull canal scene between the Green Lane and Westway road bridges.

A Maghull canal scene between the Green Lane and Westway road bridges.

* A flotilla of canal boats will sail from Hancocks Bridge in Aintree Village to Old Hall Field (Maghull Cricket Club’s Ground) where a public event will take place on 19th June.

* The Maghull in Bloom volunteers are planning to have a a flower decorated boat in the flotilla.

* A fun run will take place at Aintree Racecourse on 3rd July.

More news as it filters out.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Aintree’s railways

I have recently purchased copies of some really good old photo’s from the National Railway Museum’s collection in York. 3 of them relate to Aintree and here they are:-

Aintree Coal sidings - April 1911

Aintree Coal sidings – April 1911

Aintree Racecourse Station - 1912

Aintree Racecourse Station – 1912

Aintree Sefton Arms Station - April 1913

Aintree Sefton Arms Station – April 1913

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

North Mersey Branch Railway – Will it ever re-open?

Over the past 20 years or so Merseytravel, see my previous posts, have oft spoken about reopening this branch which runs from Aintree Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line to join the Liverpool – Southport Line just north of Bootle New Strand Station.

It was once a passenger and goods line which was 3rd rail electrified and there were stations at Ford and Linacre Road. Indeed, it served a wider purpose as at the Aintree end it originally went through to Fazakerley to join the Liverpool – Kirkby Line and there was an additional station called Aintree Racecourse. At the western end it served Gladstone Dock and connected with Seaforth Sands Station of the Liverpool Overhead Railway. This final connection enabled Overhead Railway trains to reach Aintree for the Grand National meeting.

The line originally opened in August 1866 with Ford & Linacre Road stations opening in 1906 and closing in April 1951

Below are a couple of recent photos of the line as it is now. Both were taken from the Hawthorne Road over-bridge looking west and east respectively.

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The link below may be of interest to readers:-

www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/ford/

But the reason I raise this matter now is that if there is to be a significant new rail connection with the enlarged docks at Seaforth (see my posting of 25th April 2014) then this mothballed railway is potentially a part of the solution.

The photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/