A Merseyrail train passes the former Maghull Signal Box @1990. The last track plan, from the now demolished box, is now on display as part of the Frank Hornby Trust’s exhibition area within the Town’s Meadows Leisure Center – Copyright Noted HSG
Take a while to sit back to look at this video on You Tube, it’s surprising what has changed since 1990 just using Maghull Station as an example:-
Maghull Station in 1991 looking south – the old semaphore signals are of course long gone – Copyright Noted HSG
At 17 minutes and 25 seconds on the video the train passes the former Maghull Signal Box (removed in 1994) and straight after the former Station Master’s House which was then falling into disuse and subsequently dereliction – see photos below – but it is rising from the ashes once again and being rebuilt as part of a new housing development on land behind the Liverpool bound platform.
Maghull Station Master’s House in July 2006
Maghull Station Master’s House May 2019
It is said that world famous toy maker Frank Hornby who lived in two separate houses in the Town, both close to Maghull Station (The Hollies & Quarry Brook), may have used Maghull’s station buildings as inspiration for his model buildings as he regularly took the train from his local station.
With thanks to Mike Penn for the lead to this posting
Have a look at this Flickr posting – see link above – from an Ex British Railways Signalman. There is some useful historical detail about the box with the photo.
It bit the dust in 1994 during my year as Mayor of Maghull. I am sad to say that the campaign to save it, which I backed, failed but I was presented with the last track plan used in the box (see photo below) and it presently rests in a storeroom of Maghull Town Hall.
And below is a sad shot of the box being demolished from the excellent ‘I grew up in Maghull’ web site:-
Have a look at this link below from the ‘I grew up in Maghull’ web site. How quickly things change and move on.