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On a wonderful spring day in Bootle recently I took this shot looking right over the roof tops out into the Mersey estuary. Bootle Strand railway station is in the foreground.
The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
A chance shot of the winter sun putting Christ Church Bootle in silhouette
A recent by chance shot taken as I was getting a tyre repaired across the road from this church. And no I have not got religion; still a confirmed atheist but one who likes church architecture.
The photo is also on my Fickr site
Looking north-west towards the Mersey estuary with St James Church dominating
The imposing St James Church that was once described to me as Liverpool’s third Cathedral
The snowy scene in the first shot is looking over Bootle towards Seaforth. The size of St James Church is noticeable from that shot but the second one really does make it look imposing.
A Southport bound Merseyrail train is passing on the middle of what are 3 lines at this point. The line nearest to St James is part of the mothballed North Mersey Branch that diverges off to Aintree less than half a mile north of this location. It sees little use at all other than when there have been major engineering works on the Liverpool Southport line such as in 2007 and 2010. Sapling trees are presently growing between the sleepers.
Merseytravel have had ideas about reopening the line for passenger services which it once had and there was a station at Ford many years ago. If you search hard enough you can find some videos of engineers trains on this branch on YOU Tube.
The first photo is also on my Fickr site
These two atmospheric shots were taken by Lydiate photographer Keith Page whose photo’s I regularly publish on this blog. The weather conditions were poor last Tuesday so you can imagine how hard he had to work to get these great photos with Perch Rock and the fleet. Having said that I am sure there was day upon day when the weather was terrible during the war so maybe we were all reminded not only of those who fought, many of whom lost their lives, in the Battle of the Atlantic but of the conditions they had to endure and worse.
We will remember them.