I’ve been lucky to come across the two photos* below of the Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway at the Old Roan via a couple of fellow local railway enthusiasts.
Old Roan 49434 With The Returning SLS** Special 6th June 1959
Old Roan S&CLER A59 Bridge Demolition c1966
The S&CLER stations had closed to passenger trains back in January 1952 but rail access from the Liverpool end was retained until 1960 to serve private sidings on the site of Altcar & Hillhouse Station. Part of the curved embankment that the train in the first photo is travelling over is still in place behind the modern day ASDA Store and across the M57 Motorway. In the second photo sections of the rail bridge carrying the Liverppol – Ormskirk line over the A59 can be seen in the background.
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* I’m not able to credit the photographer/s as I’ve been unable so far to identify them. If anyone can assist I would appreciate it.
** Stephenson Locomotive Society
A visit to Merseyside Transport Trust’s open day in Burscough yesterday and what should I spot but a heritage bus in Ribble/North Western livery numbered for the now lost and much missed 311 route which ran from Liverpool through to Ormskirk taking in the Old Roan, Maghull and Lydiate.
It brought back memories of the campaign and petition to try to stop Arriva abandoning the route back in 2015. Here’s a link back to my postings about the matter back then:-
Four years on since the bus was withdrawn and Lydiate residents without access to a car are still struggling to get to Ormskirk, which is just 4 miles away, with only the 310 bus to use and that just skims the very edge of Lydiate.
I came across this photo (see below) on the Mersey Railways group of Facebook and it is credited to Phil Hughes:-
At this point the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway and the Liverpool – Ormskirk – Preston Line paralleled each other between Aintree and Old Roan Stations. The other line can be seen behind the crane removing the Cheshire Lines bridge.
What I don’t know is the date when the bridge was removed – 1960’s?
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