We can easily forget what beautiful part of the world we live in. Standing with my back to the busy Switch Island this idyllic vista came into view. Historic Sefton Church and Sefton Village are in the background and the raised bunds of the River Alt are on the right together with Jubilee Woods. Just out of shot to the left are the ongoing works to build the new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road – Brooms Cross Road as it is to be called. Also just out of shot on the right is the embankment of the former Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.
This photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
This follows up a number of previous postings about the long-gone railway from Aintree Central to Southport Lord Street which closed well before Mr Beeching had a hack at Britain’s railways.
This station, on the old Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, was between Lydiate and Mossbridge Stations. It opened in 1894, closed for a couple of years during the First World War (along with a number of other stations along this line) and survived until the line was closed in 1952. Rail access was still retained until 1960 to serve private sidings on the Station site.
The photo above was taken in June 1959 when a railway enthusiasts special was run.
This is the former signal box of Lydiate Station on the old Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway which closed even before Beeching got his regrettable hands on our once great network of railways.
But even I realise that this line served far too many sparsely populated rural communities to survive and I have commented before about how far away Lydiate Station was from Lydiate Village Green – a long way!
I recently purchased this photo and am wondering who the people in the photo may be. They are most likely Lydiate folk and there may be people living in Lydiate now who are related to them. I would love to hear from anyone with any ideas about the folks in what seems to be a staged undated photo.
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.
The above site has a fascinating review and quite a number of photos of the old Cheshire Lines Aintree Central Station which was side by side with the present day former Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Aintree Station.
Aintree was the start of the Cheshire Lines Extension Railway through to Southport.