Liverpool – Employees Leaving Alexandra Dock (1901)

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Edwardian workers leave the Liverpool docks at the end of another long shift.

I came across this short 4 minute film by chance whilst searching the internet for Alexandra Dock references. You can just about make out an Overhead Railway train pass over the dockers at one point. The metal girders supporting the ‘Dockers Umbrella’ as the railway was known as locally can be seen quite clearly.

A real blast from the past.

Merseyside – Where to see its preserved Locomotives and Rolling Stock – Posting 2

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

My first posting on this subject is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/07/07/merseyside-where-to-see-its-preserved-locomotives-and-rolling-stock-posting-1/

It concentrated on the ‘Whiston’ colliery loco now based at the Foxfield Railway in deepest rural Staffordshire and the long-term refurbishment project of the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU in a warehouse in Burscough.

This posting is about an historic locomotive and a LOR motorcoach both of which are in the care of NML (National Museums Liverpool) and on display in the new Museum of Liverpool.

The first is the world famous Lion, pictured above. It probably became so well known because it was the star of the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. At one time it was also displayed on a plinth at Lime Street Station.

This is what NML says about the Lion – follow link below:-

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/collections/transport/item-269597.aspx

The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950's when it sadly closed.

The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950’s when it sadly closed.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

The second one in this posting is the Liverpool Overhead Railway motorcoach No.3 that is displayed on a replica piece of overhead track also in the Museum of Liverpool. See photos above.

This is what NML says about the LOR motorcoach – follow link below:-

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/collections/transport/item-274241.aspx

Liverpool’s northern docks & the railways that served them – North Mersey & Bankfield Goods Yards

Some time back a posted articles on this blog site about regarding historic railway scenes across Merseyside from photos I had purchased copies of from the National Railway Museum in York.

Here are the final 4 photos which all relate to the northern docks in Bootle:-

Goliath crane at Bankfield Goods yard @1910

Goliath crane at Bankfield Goods yard @1910

Liverpool North Dock (LMS) 20th August 1926. A Simplex loco is on the left.

Liverpool North Dock (LMS) 20th August 1926. A Simplex loco is on the left.

Liverpool North Mersey Good Depot (Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway) 24 10 1919.

Liverpool North Mersey Good Depot (Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway) 24 10 1919.

Liverpool North Mersey Goods Depot @1903 The Overhead railway is visible in the background.

Liverpool North Mersey Goods Depot @1903. The Overhead Railway is visible in the background.

The captions are as they came with the photos so if readers have any updates or have noticed any errors in them I would welcome them being pointed out.

The photos are also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool Overhead Railway – CGI – Imagining it running today!

Liverpool Overhaed Railway 1910 r

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyycp23Tuqs

I think I have mentioned this wonderful video before – see link above – but what the hell its great so let’s look at it again.

If only Liverpool had known then (1956) what a great tourist attraction it had and really should not have lost. Yes, I know it was in a poor condition but it could have been rebuilt. Ah well, its a piece of nostalgia that we will have to hang on to.

Great piece of work by Steven Wheeler.

The photo above is from my collection and which I purchased not so long ago. It is also on my Flickr page at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

North Mersey Branch Railway – Will it ever re-open?

Over the past 20 years or so Merseytravel, see my previous posts, have oft spoken about reopening this branch which runs from Aintree Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line to join the Liverpool – Southport Line just north of Bootle New Strand Station.

It was once a passenger and goods line which was 3rd rail electrified and there were stations at Ford and Linacre Road. Indeed, it served a wider purpose as at the Aintree end it originally went through to Fazakerley to join the Liverpool – Kirkby Line and there was an additional station called Aintree Racecourse. At the western end it served Gladstone Dock and connected with Seaforth Sands Station of the Liverpool Overhead Railway. This final connection enabled Overhead Railway trains to reach Aintree for the Grand National meeting.

The line originally opened in August 1866 with Ford & Linacre Road stations opening in 1906 and closing in April 1951

Below are a couple of recent photos of the line as it is now. Both were taken from the Hawthorne Road over-bridge looking west and east respectively.

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The link below may be of interest to readers:-

www.disused-stations.org.uk/f/ford/

But the reason I raise this matter now is that if there is to be a significant new rail connection with the enlarged docks at Seaforth (see my posting of 25th April 2014) then this mothballed railway is potentially a part of the solution.

The photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/