Frank Hornby – Maghull Station

I have not mentioned the Frank Hornby Trust or the efforts of local campaigners to get some branding on Maghull’s present station (not to be confused with the new second one to be built soon) for a while but a Steering Group meeting of Maghull in Bloom the other day brought the issues to life again.

The objective is to get a story board erected at Maghull Station which includes a brief reminder of Frank Hornby’s connections with the Town and a map with a walking tour so that visitors who arrive by train can visit them.

This is a story board from a Hornby exhibition held at Maghull Town Hall a few years ago. There were around a dozen of them charting the life and products of the world famous toy maker.

This is a story board from a Hornby exhibition held at Maghull Town Hall a few years ago. There were around a dozen of them charting the life and products of the world famous toy maker.

The project unfortunately stalled a while ago so I am trying to help get it moving again. Whether it will come off I don’t know but it is worth a try.

And I wonder, will the powers that be really consider whether the present station can be renamed Maghull Hornby when the new Maghull North Station is built? The idea came from the Chair of the Frank Hornby Trust Les French but it was not taken up at the time he put it forward. Any chance now?

Maghull Hornby Festival 2013

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The sew on badge above was designed to celebrate the first Maghull Hornby Festival, which took place earlier this year.

For reasons I can’t explain I missed the production of the badge and only became aware of it by seeing local resident Margaret Hubbard wearing one. Well I had to have one of course and have attached it on my walking haversack.

A nice piece of artwork indeed.

Frank Hornby’s Station – Maghull

World famous toy maker Frank Hornby lived yards away from Maghull Railway Station for most of his adult life and legend has it that he used the now sadly dilapidated Station Master’s House as the basis for one of his model buildings.

This shot of the former Stationmaster's Hse at Maghull Station was taken in June 2006. Sadly it is in worse condition now.

This shot of the former Stationmaster’s Hse at Maghull Station was taken in June 2006. Sadly it is in worse condition now.

Moving on – In the wake of the hugely successful first ever Maghull Hornby Festival here are 3 shots of Maghull Station. The first shot is of a mosaic designed by students at Deyes High Academy and erected at the Station.

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Great work by a Maghull artist

Great work by a Maghull artist

Above – A local artist pained this where some of the station windows used to be

Below is a shot of the original canopy on the Liverpool bound platform where I am sure Frank Hornby often sheltered from bad weather. It needs some work doing to it and I hear that this will be done soon. Let’s hope the underside (shown in the photo) is well preserved.

Canopy at Maghull Station

Canopy at Maghull Station

The Maghull Station Voluneers continue to do outstanding work led by Nigel Winchester. What’s the betting that they will win more awards in North West In Bloom this year

Maghull Hornby Festival goes well and goes Down Under!

The first thing to say is a big thank you to the organising committee for an excellent 5 days of festivities from 15th to 19th May – a good job well done and hopefully to be repeated year on year.

Secondly, thanks to the Aintree and Maghull Champion for their excellent coverage. I must admit that in these days of sound bite news I feared a single photo and a few lines but the paper and of course their ace local reporter Jim (The News Hound) Sharpe did the festival proud.

But what about Down Under? Well this goes back some time to when out of the blue an Australian chap called Glenn Ball contacted me after reading about the Frank Hornby Trust from a posting on this web site. He was in the process of researching an article for The Australian Hornby Collector magazine and together with my chums at the Trust we furnished him with information and photos about Frank Hornby and the activities of the Trust.

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Then a few weeks ago a large envelope arrived from Australia and inside was the March edition of the magazine which Glenn edits. And a good read it has been too but it still surprises me to pick it up and see photo’s that I took of our previous exhibitions at Maghull Town Hall published in an Australian magazine.

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In return I have sent Glenn a copy of the Maghull Hornby Festival’s commemorative booklet together with cuttings from the Champion.

So that’s how the Maghull Hornby Festival has gone Down Under.