Here are a couple of photo’s taken on Sunday 14th January of work being undertaken on the site of the Town’s new and soon to be second railway station, which is due to open in May of this year:-
It is 66 years this month since Maghull lost its original second railway station on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway. That station was on Sefton Lane and it was called Sefton & Maghull.
Sefton & Maghull Station @ 1930 – Photo D Thompson
The station closed on 7th January 1952 and the site has been built over by what was originally the Koters factory.
The site of Sefton & Maghull Station in 2017
The only reaming thing associated with that station is what is now a hump in Sefton Lane. The hump was until not so long ago a bridge carrying the road over the old railway. It was too expensive to take away the whole bridge and ramps up to it so the open part, where the tracks originally were, was filled in by Sefton Council in the 1990’s. Here’s an old photo from when the bridge and its parapet wall was still in place – the copyright owner is unknown to me:-
So 66 years after losing it’s second railway station Maghull will get it back all be it on the same Liverpool – Ormskirk line as the present Maghull Station.
Click on the photos to enlarge them – The 2nd one from the top of this posting is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
The Merseyrail Northern Line from Liverpool to Ormskirk was closed north of Maghull Station over the Christmas period (and it will be again on various dates in the coming weeks) to facilitate the building of the second railway station for the Town – unimaginatively to be called Maghull North!
But it seems that Network Rail have been taking advantage of the closure (engineer’s possession) to do other works on the line north of Maghull, which of course makes sense.
The following photos were taken at Town Green Station on 5th January as Network Rail engineers were working on the line. My guess is that the work was associated with drainage but I am open of course to correction. The blue grids between the up and down lines are part of the works undertaken.
The last but one photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-
A cold day at Maghull Station, where once Liverpool Exchange to Glasgow steam hauled trains would thunder through.
I’ve recently been reading a book by Michael S Welch called ‘Lancashire Steam Finale’ published in 2004 and which has some stunning photos of the very last days of steam power on British railways within it.
And then it dawned on me 2018 is 50 years since steam engines last ran on BR before being replaced by diesel and electric trains altogether. What’s more the line from Liverpool Exchange through Aintree, Maghull, Ormskirk, Preston and on to Carlisle was the very last line to run a regular steam hauled service.
‘The very last ordinary steam passenger train in Great Britain was the 9.25pm from Preston to Liverpool on 3rd August’ to quote from Michael’s book.
Are any celebrations of the anniversary being planned? With the demise of Liverpool Exchange Station (being replaced by Moorfields underground station) and the severing of the through line at Ormskirk, how possible would it be to run say a commemorating steam hauled train? South of Ormskirk it would clearly be difficult but north from Ormskirk looks to me to be very much a serious prospect.
Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above
Folk using the Merseyrail Northern Line between Liverpool & Ormskirk may soon be using the ‘Miseryrail’ phrase as 3 car trains are yet again the order of the day due to power shortages at Aughton Park.
This first manifested itself a few weeks back but here we go again it seems. 3 car trains at rush hours are bad for passengers and they are letting their feelings be known!
Network Rail are in the dock over this continuing problem.
Maghull North Station site on 4th December with a train running through from Ormskirk.
Be prepared especially if you are using the Liverpool Ormskirk Line – the link below to the Merseyrail site may help
In particular please keep this in mind:-
Planned Engineering Work
Maghull – Ormskirk
Wednesday 27 December until Sunday 7 January 2018
Preparation for the new Maghull North station will take place between December 27th 2017 and January 7th 2018. Rail replacement buses will run between Ormskirk and Maghull stations.
Passengers are advised that to reach their destination station at their normal time, they will need to catch the rail replacement bus at their origin station 20 minutes earlier than their usual train.
And spare a thought for the Mersey Avenue residents who are having a tough time because of the construction works associated with the new Maghull North Station.
With thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting
A selection of scenes from Merseyrail’s Liverpool – Ormskirk line:-
Please click on the photos to enlarge them
Merseyrail’s Kirkdale Motive Power Depot with Kirkdale Station in the background.
Aintree Station at night
The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers literally on display at Maghull Station.
Pedestrian and road bridges where Poverty Lane crosses the line north of Maghull Station.
The entrance/exit of Ormskirk Station at night.
Ormskirk Station at night.
Photos 1, 3, 5 & 7 are also amongst my Flickr photos at:-