Maghull Station – Lights on in bright sunshine!

Waiting for a train at Maghull Station yesterday afternoon and global warming/fuel costs were not at all high on someones agenda!

It was 5.45pm, the sun was shining bright and I had my sun glasses on. But all the station lights were on covering the platforms and car park! I wonder who will be paying that unnecessary bill? Oh yes we will as the taxpayers! Come on Network rail, Merseyrail or Merseytravel whichever one of you it is fix the timer please!

Hornby Trains – Was the former Station Masters house at Maghull inspiration for model?

Legend has it, especially in Maghull and particularly in the mind of Frank Hornby Trust Chairman Les French that the buildings at Maghull Station were Frank Hornby’s inspiration for his model buildings.

The fact is that Frank Hornby lived yards away from Maghull Station at the Hollies on Station Road for many years and then later in life a little further away at Quarry Brook which is now the sixth form building of Maricourt RC High School. He would have used Maghull Station regularly so could easily have spent time studying the buildings as he awaited his trains.

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So is the legend true? Here is a photo of the rather dilapidated Station Master’s house, taken just a couple of weeks ago. Do Hornby Railways fans think there is a link between Maghull Station’s buildings and Franks models?

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

Maghull – Promoting Frank Hornby, the Town’s most famous resident

A meeting took place at Maghull Station recently where representatives of Merseytravel, The Frank Hornby Trust and Maghull Station Volunteers came together to discuss a display/story board for the station all about Hornby, his products and his association with Maghull.

I took took a couple photos of the participants:-

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From right to left are Les French – Chairman of the Frank Hornby Trust, Mark Cleave of Merseytravel, Ena Winchester of Maghull Station Volunteers. Just out of shot Alan Pritchard of the Station Volunteers. We were joined later by Cllr. Steve Kermode.

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This shot has Alan on the right.

It looks like the project has the green light and we are now working up a design.

Maghull – Station Volunteers

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I have posted many times before about the work this great band of volunteers have done to improve Maghull Station. Here is another example of how they have, with the help of Margaret Walton – a local painter, brought colour to another former window in the Station buildings.

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This photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull – Land behind Maghull Station

After 25 years or more of disagreements about the future of the piece of land behind the Liverpool bound platform of Maghull Railway Station planning permission has been given for a development of a small number of houses and an area of accessible open space by Sefton Council’s Planning Committee.

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

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

The dilapidated and derelict Station Masters House, which popular rumour says was used by Frank Hornby as the design for one of his models, is a part of the new development and it may be rebuilt and extended.

There can be little doubt that the site has been controversial for many years as the developer and Council have tussled over a sustainable use for it, taking into account the biodiversity etc. Eventually a compromise has been worked out which may well not suit many but finally the site has been put to bed so to speak. Having said that there are many complicated conditions on the planning permission and therefore it will be no surprise if difficulties surface once again.