Steam on Merseyside…and beyond – A marvelous new book

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Towards the end of 2015 and new and very significant book was published by David Bryant and John Bannon on the steam railways of Merseyside.

I am very happy to have purchased one of the very first editions and to have gained David Bryant’s signature upon it.

It really is an impressive book that runs to 410 A4 sized pages with 616 photographs, 312 of which are in colour.

For some odd reason Merseyside has not really had many books written and published about the steam era and this is emphasised very clearly by Pete Waterman who has penned the forward.

If you have an interest in the railways of Merseyside (and I obviously do) then this is the book for you. It is not cheap though and comes in at a price of £38.95. However, don’t let that price tag put you off as it is really a very significant piece of work that is well worth the investment of your hard earned cash.

The railways of Merseyside and beyond – @1900

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The North Eastern Railway had a number of these tiled maps produced for display at major railway stations. Each one was made up of 64 ceramic tiles with a ceramic decorative border. The photo above shows Greater Merseyside and was taken at the National Railway Museum in York where a restored original map is displayed.

Although it does not show all railways the routes north of Liverpool are well displayed.

The sadly missing lines, in the present day, are the Southport Preston line (known locally as the Lettuce Line) and the Ormskirk – St Helens line via Rainford which was obliterated when Skelmersdale New Town was built in the 1960’s leaving the Town without a railway station! Now there are campaigns to take a railway back into Skem at huge cost and one to reinstate the Burscough curves as the northern one of which would again allow trains to run between Southport and Preston all be it via a different route.