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:-
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.
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?
I have often posted about Maghull Station and here is yet another angle on it.
Firstly, a pre-October 1909 shot of the windows in the former waiting room/station office on the Ormskirk bound platform. It’s small but close examination shows 3 of the 4 window openings but with them being partially blocked out/painted over:-
Now look at the full set of 4 window openings which have had paintings inserted in them (by a local artist) as part of the work of Maghull Station Volunteers. The room is effectively out of use for railway purposes these days but the whole building still stands and is maintained very well.
The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
A quite remarkable bunch of volunteers who have taken a down at heal Maghull railway station and made it one that now regularly wins awards.
I have posted about the volunteers many times before but lets just have a look at their wonderful flower display at the Station this summer:-
If this does not impress visitors to Maghull by train then nothing will.
Maghull Station, on Merseyrail’s Northern Line, is now a modern and very well used facility. Indeed, it is so busy that the addition of a new Maghull North Station (to be built between the School Lane and Park Lane railway bridges) is now almost a certainty since the Coalition Government put up £6.2m towards the presently estimated cost of £7m.
Yes, I know, I also heard that Maghull Labour councillors were celebrating the massive grant from the Coalition; money the last Labour Government did not come even close to stumping up! Funny old world is it not. Reminds me of them also celebrating the Coalition putting up the money to build the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road which Labour never got around to funding when running the Country either. Funny old world again is it not!
But I digress, the purpose of this posting is to publish a couple of old photos of Maghull Station, from the days when Maghull was very much a rural community. The first one is undated but looks to be Edwardian era. I purchased it recently:-
The second is not very good quality as it is reproduced from a photo sent in to the former Liverpool Daily Post Newspaper, which sadly closed down a few months ago. I have tried, so far unsuccessfully, to track down the original photo which was sent in to the Paper from an Aughton household. I am informed that the photo dates from 1940 and it looks to have been quite a cold and wintery spell indeed:-
Maghull Station was originally a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway outpost and those with longish memories will recall the Scottish expresses running through it at speed until the late 1960’s when some fools decided to break the rails at Ormskirk to stop through trains to Preston and beyond.
The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
This site is rarely photographed as it is surrounded by fencing but the railway bridge that takes School Lane over the Liverpool – Ormskirk Merseyrail line gives a decent view.
The first photo shows a train passing the proposed Maghull North Station site. Just look how close the gardens on the left hand side are to the railway line; it’s going to be a squeeze to get a platform in there! I would not be surprised if, when the station gets to the detailed planning stage, that this will be a sticky problem to resolve. The photo is looking northwards with the Park Lane railway bridge in the distance.
The second shows the wider vista of the Ashworth South site that was once where Moss Side Hospital stood. It was then down, under the last Labour Government, to be the site of a new prison but the Coalition decided not to build one there.
Of course the Ashworth South site is where Labour refuses to say whether they support house building on it or not. Odd this especially as they are determined to build a truly massive urban extension to Maghull just across School Lane. Maybe they have other plans for the Ashworth South site? Whatever, they are not for saying despite local environmental campaigners and the Lib Dem Party openly supporting development on Ashworth South whilst opposing Labour’s vast urban extension across the road. Ashworth South has been developed before so building houses on it seems a sensible thing to do especially as doing so will provide a financial contribution towards the cost of building the new railway station.
I will return to Maghull’s proposed urban extension in due course.
The photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-