Southort – Act of staggering stupidity at Meols Cop Station

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/southport-train-driver-lucky-alive-8876862

It’s hard to believe that anyone could do such a stupid and dangerous thing. If caught the book needs to be thrown at the staggeringly stupid culprit.

Taken from the Station platform looking towards Southport.

Taken from the Station platform looking towards Southport.

Ormskirk – The gap that needs filling!

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As 2015 dawns a simple request, let us please find a way to stop this nonsense at Ormskirk Station whereby the Liverpool – Ormskirk trains and Ormskirk – Preston trains meet buffer to buffer. 50 years after Beeching have we learned nothing? Preston and Liverpool are the obvious end Cities for this line, not the lovely market town of Ormskirk in the middle.

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

The end of ‘Pacer’ trains!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30311722

Pacer

The BBC has the story – see link above

This really is very good news indeed. So to all those campaigners across England including John Pugh (the MP for Southport) and OPSTA (Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers Association) who have fought high profile campaigns to rid our railways of what are little more than buses on rails I say a big thank you to you all.

Movember – A train with a ‘tash’ at Southport Station

www.northernrail.org/news/7539

Northern Rail – see link above – joined in the 2014 men’s health campaign and here, snapped at Southport Station, is one of their 150 diesel units with facial hair:-

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In fact it is the very unit that they launched their charity campaign with for November 2014.

The photo above is amongst those on my Flickr site at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool – Manchester rail electrification delayed

A Northern Rail 150 Diesel unit on a Liverpool bound service under electrification wires being installed earlier this year. This is on the Liverpool - Wigan line at Prescot.

A Northern Rail 150 DMU on a Liverpool bound service under electrification wires being installed earlier this year. This is on the Liverpool – Wigan line at Prescot.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-manchester-rail-electrification-delayed-8036457

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

My previous posting on this subject is at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/07/17/railway-electrification-liverpool-to-manchester-a-look-at-prescot/

Nodding Donkeys in Southport – Well Class 142 Pacers anyway but don’t tell John Pugh MP.

This class of Pacer diesel train has been panned for years and they have acquired the derogatory nick name of ‘Nodding Donkeys’ because of their tendency to move up and down front to back.

John Pugh MP has long campaigned against them not least because they are regularly used on the Northern Rail services out of Southport to such places as Wigan, Manchester and Manchester Airport. Readers may recall that John featured in a TV programme about these disliked diesel units a couple of years ago.

John Pugh MP for Southport

But they are still in use, despite John and others campaigning for them to be replaced. Their future remains uncertain but to misquote a Trainline TV advert slogan the 142’s are ‘Brilliant for the scarp yard, rubbish for anything else’

This was the scene at Southport Station on Tuesday 16th September with 2 of the unloved 142’s sat awaiting their next turn of duty. A Merseyrail class 507 EMU is in the background in its startling new ‘Graffiti’ livery:-

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Here is a close up of the Merseyrail EMU – put your sun glasses on!:-

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The two photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/