Merseytravel – Are they delivering?

Well according to their Chairperson, Liam Robinson, they are.

I reported on OPSTA’s (Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers assn) public meeting a few days ago which was actually held in the community room of Southport Fire Station of all places. That posting was about the utterly appalling train service, or indeed the complete lack of a train service last week, on the Ormskirk Preston Line and here’s a link back to that posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/11/23/northern-trains-could-the-ormskirk-preston-line-be-the-most-poorly-performing-in-the-uk/

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not blaming Liam Robinson in any way for Northern’s terrible performance but he listened to stories of Northern’s Failures at the meeting (he was our guest speaker) and because he has an influence on Rail North those sad stories were heard and you never know……….

I quite like Liam’s handling of transport issues on Merseyside and I feel he has been a positive influence on what to me seemed to be struggling public sector organisation before he took the chair of it. Yes, I know we live it terribly tribal party political times and I’m expected to hate anyone who is not a Lib Dem; well I don’t think in traditional British political tribal terms………

Stadler Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s

Cllr. Robinson presented his vision of how bus services could be improved in the Liverpool City Region (beyond the present Bus Alliance with Arriva and Stagecoach) and he talked in very enthusiastic terms about the Class 777 Stadler trains that Merseytravel have ordered for the Merseyrail network. Without being prompted he also made reference to the potential to extend Merseyrail Northern Line beyond Ormskirk to Burscough and even Preston although he was clear that he was not promising that it would happen. To be honest passengers on that line would welcome it being run using the Titfield Thunderbolt of Ealing Comedy fame as surely no one could run it as badly as Northern have been doing.

The other rail thing that he touched on and which is vital to expanding the Merseyrail system is the lack of capacity at Liverpool Central Station. If that issue is not seriously addressed in the near future there’s every possibility, in my view, that Merseyrail will be stuck with a bottle-neck which will impede the running of our local railway.

So yes I was pleased to sit and listen to Liam at the meeting and readers who have a liking for tribal politics will have to be disappointed with me.

Merseyside – Where to see its preserved Locomotives and Rolling Stock – Posting 2

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

My first posting on this subject is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/07/07/merseyside-where-to-see-its-preserved-locomotives-and-rolling-stock-posting-1/

It concentrated on the ‘Whiston’ colliery loco now based at the Foxfield Railway in deepest rural Staffordshire and the long-term refurbishment project of the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU in a warehouse in Burscough.

This posting is about an historic locomotive and a LOR motorcoach both of which are in the care of NML (National Museums Liverpool) and on display in the new Museum of Liverpool.

The first is the world famous Lion, pictured above. It probably became so well known because it was the star of the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. At one time it was also displayed on a plinth at Lime Street Station.

This is what NML says about the Lion – follow link below:-

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/collections/transport/item-269597.aspx

The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950's when it sadly closed.

The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950’s when it sadly closed.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

The second one in this posting is the Liverpool Overhead Railway motorcoach No.3 that is displayed on a replica piece of overhead track also in the Museum of Liverpool. See photos above.

This is what NML says about the LOR motorcoach – follow link below:-

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/collections/transport/item-274241.aspx