Merseyrail back in 1977

I recently picked up an old publicity map of Merseyside’s local railway network published in 1977 at a time when it was being substantially redeveloped as an underground railway within Liverpool City Centre.

Merseyrail Network

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You can see from the main map that the electrified services only reached Rock Ferry back then on one of the Wirral Lines (in Green). Extensions were subsequently constructed to both Chester and Ellsemere Port in later years. An additional station also appeared along this line at Bromborough Rake and a further one at Overpool on the Ellsemere Port extension. Conway Park Station is an addition to the Network too. Upton-By-Chester Station has since been replaced by Bache Station about half a mile away from it.

The Northern Line line (in Blue) now terminates in Liverpool’s southern suburbs at Hunts Cross. This extension from Liverpool Central Station (which was an overground station until the 1970’s but is now underground) along the tracks of the former Cheshire Lines Committee was yet to be completed at the time the map was drawn. Also, this southern end of the Northern Line gained a new station at Brunswick (first stop out of Liverpool) whilst Garston Station has since been replaced by Liverpool South Parkway.

Of course the former Liverpool Exchange Station was lost as a consequence of this 1970’s redesign of Merseyside’s railway network and it was replaced by Moorfields Station which is close to it but underground.

The presently named Rice Lane Station on the Liverpool – Kirkby Northern Line (in Blue) was called Preston Road Back then.

Merseyrail map

The next significant addition to the Merseyrail Network of electrified lines will be the soon to be constructed Maghull Station on the Northern Line to Ormskirk. It’s name clearly identifies its location i.e. north of the present Maghull Station which is beyond its capacity at rush hours.

Just a bit of recent Merseyside railway history, please feel free to comment particularly if I have got anything wrong.

Another look at Liverpool’s former Exchange Station

The Liverpool has the story – see link above

I have also blogged about this Station previously – see links below to my blog and Flickr sites:-


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Liverpool – Moorfields V Exchange Stations – No contest in terms of best view

Old and New – There’s nothing pleasing on the eye about the exterior of Liverpool’s Moorfields underground station unlike the wonderful frontage (that’s all that is left) of the former Exchange Station which it effectively replaced. Here we have the modern Moorfields sign with the old Exchange frontage in the background.

Old & New

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The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Exchange Station – Liverpool

Not so long ago I reproduced some old photos of Exchange Station from the National Railway Museum’s collection in York and a link to some photos on the BBC’s web site – see the links below:-

I subsequently came across a greetings card that had a painting of the station on the front of it and a lovely painting it is too by Philip Welsh. Click on the painting to enlarge it:-

Exchange Station Liverpool 1950's from a painting by Philip Welsh

The cards are being sold to fund raise for the Friends of the 502 Group who are trying to refurbish a former electrical multiple unit (EMU) that ran on the Merseyrail network until being replaced by the present rolling stock in the late 1970’s.

A scan of the painting is amongst my Flickr shots at:-