Branch Line Society charter train at the new Maghull North Station 08 12 19
Because I’m a railway enthusiast I came across the video (linked above) on You Tube. In brief, the folk on the video pride themselves on having visited every railway station in the country and with Maghull North being a new station they had to tick it off their list by going to it. The Maghull part of the video starts at around 4 minutes into it and it lasts for about 4.5 minutes. But who is the Maghull ‘special guest’?
Well it’s a bit humour, local history and railways so go on have a look at it………
This was the first every train to stop at Merseyrail’s new Maghull North Station – 5.58am on 18th June 2018.
I recently purchased the undated postcard which is scanned and illustrated below:-
Shown is the stretch of canal through Maghull which parallels Liverpool Road North with the buildings on the left separating canal and road. The bridge is the Red Lion Bridge and St. Andrew’s Church can be seen in the background. The words on the rear of the nearest barge say ‘Tom’ & ‘R Williams & Sons – Liverpool’. I think the date below ‘Liverpool’ is 1902. Notice what looks like a couple of young lads leaning over the bridge parapet.
I wonder if folks looking at this posting can try to date the postcard for me
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The June 2018 canal breach is still causing problems for one family – The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below the photo:-
I covered the breach on this blogsite at the time – here’s a link back to that posting –
Place North West has the article on its website – see link below:-
And the Liverpool Echo carried an article about the refurbishment of the Lock and Quay pub (mentioned as an integral part of the planned housing development in the Place North West link above) recently – see link below:-
Below is a photo of the Pride of Sefton Trust barge near the site this posting is about. The photo dates back to 2010 as do the other photos.
Sign on Green Lane Maghull adjacent to canal swing bridge. A Maghull in Bloom planter can just be seen behind it.
I saw this sign and wondered what the long closure was all about. The Canal and River Trust website gives the answer and the link below refers:-
The odd thing is that the C&RT says the bridge will be closed for longer i.e. until 13th March? This longer period could just be for canal boats though? I’ve run this past Sefton’s Highway Engineers for clarification and will update when I know more.
Barge at Green Lane (Methodist Turn Bridge), Maghull
14/01/20 Update from Sefton Council:- The date on the C&RT link is for the closure of the actual canal which needs to be done in 1 phase as the bridge will need to remain in the canal closed position during the upgrade works.
The highway part of the bridge will be closed twice. Phase one to remove the working parts that require attention (27/1-7/2) Then it will be closed again (24/2 -11/3) to install the upgraded parts.
A floating walkway will be installed during the closures to minimise disruption for pedestrians. A diversion will be in place for vehicles.
I recently purchased the postcard scanned above, published by Judges of Hastings, and am guessing the photo was taken in the 1990’s but I could be well be wrong. Can anyone date it from the type of signs it had back then? Clearly the postcard is pre the new bridge and traffic light/barriers
It’s interesting that the postcard was published for the Lancashire Federation of Women’s Institutes and the photo was taken by a Mrs A McFarlane of Lathom WI.
Just for comparison here’s the shot replicated in Jan 2020:-
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