Maghull – The 1909 map that fills a wall in Scrummies

One of my favourite places to stop off whilst on a cycle ride locally is Scrummies Cafe at Treeview Court/Station Road in Maghull.

One wall of the cafe is all about the local area using historic photos and a great representation of an Ordnance Survey map painted directly onto the wall. It depicts Maghull as per the 1909 OS map.

I love OS maps and can spend hours looking at one so if you see someone in Scrummies staring vacantly onto the wall I’m taking about then you’ll know it’s me.

Oh and btw their bacon barms are great too.

Maghull – Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys – BBC 2 – 6.30pm – 18th January

Readers may remember all the fuss on the Maghull Community Facebook Page late last November when Michael Portillo was seen on Maghull Station. Well he was there and he was making a new episode in his long-running Great British Railway Journeys TV programme.

He was in Maghull because of it’s world famous former resident Frank Hornby and the programme to be aired next Thursday picks up on how model railways became so popular.

My dear friend Les French, who is Chairman of the Maghull based group The Frank Hornby Trust, will be seen in the programme talking with Michael Portillo.

This shot was taken whilst cleaning of the display cases was taking place in 2016.

Filming was done, at Maghull Station, at the grave of Frank Hornby in St. Andrew’s Churchyard and in the Frank Hornby Room of Meadows Leisure Centre although obviously we don’t know what will be in the edited final programme.

A great piece of model engineering

So remember 6.30pm Thursday 18th January.

Maghull Station should be amongst those mentioned in this BBC posting

The BBC has the uplifting story on its web site but the author clearly had not been told about the magnificent Maghull Station, made to look stunning by Maghull Station Volunteers.

Let’s remind ourselves of what they have done in recent years, whilst winning many, many prestigious awards:-

The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers literally on display at Maghull Station.

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station by Maghull Station Volunteers.

Have a read on the train

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Volunteers make Station look special but have you seen the weeds on the line?

A walk across the level crossing at Maghull Station recently brought this into sight:-

Network Rail have weed spraying trains that travel the rails of the UK dealing with the unwanted growth between and at the side of the rails and it looks like the Liverpool – Ormskirk Northern Line of Merseytrail must be due a visit.

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station by Maghull Station Volunteers.

Considering the work Maghull Station Volunteers do to make Maghull an award winning station a little weed spraying by Network Rail would not go amiss me thinks.

The first photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day in Burscough – Memories of the 502’s

A 502 in LMS livery – They were constructed at the start of the 2nd World War!

Sunday 9th July was the annual open day of Merseyside Transport Trust’s huge warehouse type building in Burscough, West Lancashire.

A couple of the vintage buses on display

This is where they store their numerous old buses that previously operated across Liverpool and Merseyside but the draw for me was to check on the slow but determined progress to bring a Merseyrail Class 502 EMU back up to operating standard.

Are you old enough to remember the trains that ran on the Ormskirk – Liverpool and Southport – Liverpool lines until the late 1970’s?

The 502 (together with the Wirral line 503’s) were withdrawn in the late 1970’s being replaced by the present (and soon to be replaced themselves) 507/508 EMU’s.

The state of decay in the 502 that the Friends of the 502 Group are working on has to be seen to be believed and its going to take another 5 years and more, at least, for the volunteers to rebuild the unit – They have been working on it for 5 years already. Here’s some shots of 502’s in their operating days – both are from Southport – one taken in the station itself and one in the carriage sidings:-

And here are a couple of shots showing the present state of 502 unit being worked on:-

My recollection from rides into Liverpool from Maghull as a teenager and young man back in the day is that the 502 seats were really comfortable and they were filled with horse hair I assume.

And finally, here’s a link to the Friends of the 502 Group’s web site:-

Maghull – Station land development starts

Land behind Maghull Station. Looking towards Melling Lane with the station platform building visible on the right.

The land behind the Liverpool bound platform of Maghull Station, that is also backed onto by houses in Grange Park and Hurst Road, has been cleared seeming for development to start.

Planning permission was given quite some time ago for a small housing development after years of tussling between potential builders/land owners and Sefton Council’s Planning Dept.

I recall that a previous attempt to cut down trees on the site some 20 years ago led to environmental objections to the felling. But things have moved on, rightly or wrongly depending on your point of view, and it seems that the land will soon be a building site.

View from Station platform looking towards Hurst Road