Liverpool/Birkenhead – It’s railways in and around the Ports are all but ignored

A Mersey Docks & Harbour Board ‘Pug’ steam engine in OO scale.

Liverpool is famous the world over for many things and it celebrates the vast majority of them but one thing that seems to be all but ignored is the huge network of railways which once served the ports of Liverpool and indeed Birkenhead.

The other day, quite by chance, I came across this link (see below) to Bristol Museums:-

www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/train-rides/

Clearly in Bristol its port railways are being celebrated with a real railway run by the local museum.

Surely as the powers that be look for new attractions to celebrate the history of Liverpool and Birkenhead (and to
bring more visitors into the area) they can seriously look at following the Bristol model, can’t they?

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

National Museums Liverpool already have a lovely 0-6-0 Mersey Docks and Habour Board dock steam loco in storage. It used to be on display but was sidelined when the new Museum of Liverpool was built. Having said that the thrust of this posting is not about just taking that old loco out of storage and displaying it (much as that would be a welcome bit of progress), it’s about trying to replicate something along the lines of what Bristol have managed to do on one or other side of the Mersey.

I have blogged on this subject previously – back in 2014 -, see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/02/albert-dockmerseyside-maritime-museum-liverpool-whats-missing/

And here are a couple of links to You Tube videos about the Bristol Harbour railway:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n1qeulrvXk

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTpjqfS-58k

Here’s hoping a penny will drop somewhere one day.

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/