Maghull – When its railway was a main line

I’m returning to the railway photos of former Maghull resident and British Rail employee Neil Reston. The 3 photo’s in this posting were all taken from the same spot where Poverty Lane Maghull crosses over the what is now the Ormskirk Line of Merseyrail but until the late 1960’s was a main line north to Scotland from Liverpool Exchange Station.

All 3 photos are of northbound trains with the lead photo being noted as a Glasgow train. They were all taken in 1968 which is right at the end of through trains using the line from for former Liverpool Exchange Station to Scotland.

I have more 1960’s photos to work my way through of railway scenes across Merseyside from the Neil Reston Collection which was kindly passed on to me by his family.

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Maghull – 1960’s Train at Orchard Hey

As mentioned in a previous posting, I’ve been given some old photo albums which belonged to a Neil Reston by his family. I’m still working my way through them but here’s a shot of the Liverpool – Ormskirk – Preston Line at Maghull from the 1960.

The shot will have been taken from the Poverty Lane bridge looking northwards with the houses in Orchard Hey and Foxhouse Lane being clearly visible.

The diesel locomotive is what later became a Class 25 and it seems to be on a work train travelling towards Maghull Station from the Ormskirk direction.

I’ve tried to clean the photo up a little.

And here’s the shot replicated in December 2020:-

I’ll share more of the 1960’s railway photos in due course.

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Maghull – Views of our presently closed down railway

I decided to have a good look at what Network Rail and their contractors are up to whilst the Liverpool – Ormskirk Northern Line of Merseyrail has been shut down for enabling works to take place so the stations are ready for the new class 777 Stadler EMU’s in 2020. All the photos were taken on 5th November.

The first couple of shots show the ongoing platform works at Maghull Station:-

This next shot in effect shows why the works are being done at stations across the Merseyrail network:-

If you look carefully (it may be best to click on the photo to see it enlarged) you will see that the floor of the new trains will be level with the platforms and a small gap filler will come out when the train stops at a station. This is so that people with disabilities, wheelchairs, and bikes can be wheeled straight onto the new trains without the need for station staff to meet trains with portable ramps as at present with the current 507/508 trains.

Here’s a look back at Maghull Station from Poverty Lane and a look northwards from Poverty Lane in the direction of Maghull North Station. Clearly, other works were being undertaken during the shut down such as cutting back overgrowing trees:-

We then move on to the new Maghull North Station where I think that snagging work from the previous works was taking place. There was scaffolding around the lift towers but I could not get a close look as I was advised to leave the station by a member of Merseyrail’s staff. I had wandered onto the station footbridge and had not seen any warning signs but advised to leave I was. The following photo was taken looking back at the station from the Park lane overbridge:-

And finally a look north from the Park Lane overbridge in the direction of Town Green Station. Again other works were clearly taking place in the distance during the shut down of the line:-

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Maghull – Balls Wood Park car park off-roading!

So what’s been going on here? A smashed fence and deep vehicle tracks down the embankment from Poverty Lane to Balls Wood Park car park. An accident? Seen on 24th April.

Anyone know the back story?

I’ve reported the damaged fencing to Sefton Council Highways Dept.