I recently visited this art gallery and museum with daughter Jen and a fine place it is too. Sadly, due to austerity and money troubles for Wirral Council, it’s had more than a few threats to its continued existence but thankfully it is safe for now. Here’s a link to its website:-
I took quite a few photos of the exhibits and here are my personal favourites:-
Trams at Woodside by George Anthony Butler 1927 – 2010 – Painted in 1988
Winter Twilight by James Thomas Watts 1853 – 1930 – Purchased 1913
A beautiful display of pottery. The wooden and glass case is as beautiful as the exhibits
There are some cracking lasrge scale ship models such as these Mersey Ferries
An interesting former Birkenhead Corporation ferry poster
Well worth a visit I’d say. Can’t really understand why it’s taken me all these years to have my first visit, but glad we went.
Stena Precision at Birkenhead *
The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-
The Mersey – Looking from Bootle over the River to the Wirral
Of course, if the Port of Liverpool succeeds in gaining more trade the consequences swing back to that very knotty problem of land transport access to the Port, the over-capacity of the A5036 (Port to Switch Island road link), the lack of capacity of the rail link to the port (plus poor/limited regional rail capacity) and the new road proposed to be built through Rimrose Valley Country Park.
Rimrose Valley Country Park in the foreground and the Port cranes in the background.
Well I actually came face to face with a mock-up of one of the new trains at Birkenhead’s Pacific Road Building as the first actual train is not due to be delivered until 2019. Here are my photos:-
The two Merseytravel reps with the mock-up were really informative and helpful on the day I went to have a look, which was in fact the last day the unit was on display in Birkenhead.
It is now being set up at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station for a further period of display to the public – 5-18 November, Mon-Sun 7.00 to 18.30
My only worry is that there may still, like with the present 507/508 rolling stock, be insufficient space for cycles.
On an amusing aside I got into conversation with a fellow railway enthusiast about the new trains and they suggested to me that the seats were a little hard. Well firm, I’ll give you that but, but not uncomfortable in my view. The same conversation went on to compare them with seats on some Cumfybus buses which despite the name of the bus company are a little on the firm side:-)))
The first photo is also on my Flickr page at:-
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below:-
Any politician who lived through the Merseytram fiasco (I did) must wince when they hear that there could be plans to reintroduce modern streetcars on the Wirral. Merseytram was Merseyside politicians shooting themselves in both feet!
But hey lets try to be positive as streetcars/trams/light rail are the future for urban transportation especially over shortish routes and I’m a fan of them having recently experienced the excellent NET tram system that runs in and around Nottingham.
A Nottingham NET Tram at the Phoenix Park terminus.
What’s more inter-political party co-operation on the Wirral with both the Lib Dems and Greens co-sponsoring the matter on their Council. Not usually a very British way of doing politics because political parties are expected to oppose the ideas of other parties, even when they agree with them, simply because the ideas are from another party. Whatever next? I bet the national press will not want such political cooperation to bed in into our adversarial political culture as it’s the pointless party political battles they love to report upon.
Also Wirral Transport Museum and the tramway which runs from their Taylor Street premises to Woodside Ferry Terminal gets a mention in the Liverpool Echo article. The museum is well worth a visit and you can ride on old fashioned trams there too, like this one:-
‘Baby Grand’ Liverpool Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.
With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting
Some fascinating pictures of this former station are on You Tube and you can access them via the link above.
The Art Deco portal to Queensway the first Mersey Tunnel
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
These are the tickets my family were given when we walked through the new (2nd) Tunnel in 1971, the day before it opened to vehicles.
This is the front page of the booklet produced to celebrate the opening of Kingsway Tunnel in 1971.
I have always been fascinated by the Mersey Tunnels, their history and how they were constructed. This Liverpool Echo article gives an interesting insight into both of them.