Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station
Well it had to happen as more new Class 777 EMU’s arrive on the Merseyrail system but it’s always sad when long-serving trains go to the scrap yard. The link below (to You Tube) shows the first 2 Class 508’s on their last journey:-
I then realised I’d photoed one of the 508’s that went for scrap on 16th August at Maghull Station back in June 2015 – it’s the photo at the head of this posting.
If you check out the detail of the You Tube posting there’s a link to an interesting blog site called Engineering FOCUS – engineeringfocusblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/end-of-line-nearing-for-merseyrails.html
Just one thought, which I know is on other minds too, will early scrapping of the 508’s and 507’s leave Merseyrail short of rolling stock if a problem pops up with the new Class 777’s akin to the situation Northern found themselves in not so long ago?
If you’d like to see a Class 777 on a test run there’s one below in a You Tube video taken at Birkdale station:-
And finally, for those of you with longer memories here’s yet another You Tube link about the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU’s which were replaced by the Class 507/508’s between 1978 and 1980
Walking and cycling destinations from Rimrose Valley County Park Country Park.
I really enjoy cycling through Rimrose Valley Country Park, as I did yesterday morning, but sadly it is under significant threat from a new road being built from one end of it to the other to service the Port of Liverpool. This is of course a subject I’ve covered on this blog site many times.
The reason I decided to highlight the environmental crisis which threatens this country park again is the two posters I came across during my bike ride. They are very much to the point:-
To me these posters are spot on. What’s more having declared a ‘climate change emergency’, as the UK did in May 2019, building yet more new roads is clearly very much in conflict with that resolution. New roads lead to increased traffic which in turn creates more air pollution.
And if you’re still not sure whether it’s worth fighting to save the Rimrose Valley have a look at this lovely video on You Tube:-
The haunting theme tune of what would have been a long forgotten TV series ‘The Life and Times of David Lloyd George’ sprung to mind as soon as I heard of the death of Ennio Morricone. There’s a link to this now iconic theme tune on You Tube below:-
I recall buying a 45rpm single of it back in 1981 and if you were around at the time you’ll recall it became quite a hit, possibly quite unexpectedly so. This is a scan of my copy of the record:-
RIP Ennio Morricone a great composer
Here’s a Wikipedia link with more information about the TV series:-
The Burscough Curves are in West Lancashire. This historic shot of them is from when they were in place, in 1960’s.
I can’t recall whether I’ve posted about this particular You Tube video before (posted by Michael Dawson – see link above) or not but it is so significant in documenting the railways around Merseyside and West Lancashire in the mid 1960’s through to the end of steam that it is well worth sharing.
It covers through trains from Liverpool Exchange to Scotland via Ormskirk, the now long gone and much missed Southport – Preston Line, the fabled Burscough Curves which OPSTA are trying to get reopened and many other delightful railway scenes.
And I’m also taking the opportunity to add in more photos by Anthony Graham, which he has kindly given me permission to use, to further illustrate in a similar timeline some of the lines the video:-
Hall Road Station 1968 with a Liverpool Lime Street to Southport Class 108 DMU in the station.
Hesketh Park Signal Box May 1968
Ormskirk Station Signal Box 1968 May
Rufford 1970 2nd May, the final Saturday 0900 Liverpool Exchange-Glasgow Central service being cautioned owing to a block failure between Rufford and Midge Hall.
Kirkdale Station 1968 looking north east
I’m sure this posting will bring back memories for many folk looking at it. How lucky we are that our railway past has been so well documented on film/video and by photographers.
A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s
I’ve not actually snapped a new Class 777 live so the two shots in this posting are of the the mock-up which was on public view a while back at Liverpool Lime Street Station and Pacific Road in Birkenhead. However, there are videos appearing on You Tube now of the testing of the first batch of new units on the Merseyrail Network and here’s a link to one:-
This shows a Class 777 at Sandhills and at Bootle Oriel Road only yesterday evening.
A mock-up of a Class 777 Stadler EMU as displayed in Birkenhead a while back
Steaming at Causey Arch Station
Whenever I travel around the UK I like to seek out preserved railways and this one just south of Newcastle/Gateshead is a real treat. I came across this excellent footage of it on You Tube entitled ‘Tanfield Railway Legends of Industry 2019’ :-
Thirsty work at Andrews House Station
Here’s a link to the Tanfield Railway’s website for a bit of historical context:-
Both of the photos can be found amongst my Flickr shots at:-