Aintree to Bootle – The former North Mersey Branch

Looking east along the North Mersey Branch in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

Here’s a fascinating collection of old photos on You Tube showing the now long-mothballed North Mersey Branch railway from Aintree to Bootle in its latter working days.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OdzAuIJxc

About once every 5 years or so there’s talk about the branch being opened up again for Merseyrail passenger services but nothing seems to happen.

Bootle Oriel Road Station – Then and Now

This short video is interesting as it shows the station in earlier days when freight trains regularly travelled through it plus steam hauled passenger trains to and from Southport as well.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ5VxpwzBfc

But look at it now, you would not believe it to be the same station as the one in the video:-

Merseyrail and political opinions – A clash of beliefs?

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

The BBC has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-48393548

This is an interesting situation and clearly Merseyrail were not fully aware of what the advertising company working on their behalf were doing. It led to a reverse ferret following a simple question to the public transport provider on Merseyside from a traveller who asked whether Merseyrail shared the opinions of Morrissey.

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station

Of course it also begs the question about how far those displaying advertisements should investigate the views of those who benefit from such advertising. When is censorship right or wrong? A tough question and your answer will often depend on whether you share or despair about the views of those who are subject to censorship.

Merseyrail – A cab-ride from Liverpool Central to Ormskirk in 1990

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:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuqL1P8l6B4&feature=player_embedded

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

Merseyrail hailed as most punctual rail operator in country

Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoollep.org/partner-news/merseyrail-hailed-as-most-punctual-rail-operator-in-country/

A Merseyrail train at Bootle Oriel Road Station