Aintree to Bootle – The former North Mersey Branch

Looking east along the North Mersey Branch in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

Here’s a fascinating collection of old photos on You Tube showing the now long-mothballed North Mersey Branch railway from Aintree to Bootle in its latter working days.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OdzAuIJxc

About once every 5 years or so there’s talk about the branch being opened up again for Merseyrail passenger services but nothing seems to happen.

Merseyrail – A cab-ride from Liverpool Central to Ormskirk in 1990

A Merseyrail train passes the former Maghull Signal Box @1990. The last track plan, from the now demolished box, is now on display as part of the Frank Hornby Trust’s exhibition area within the Town’s Meadows Leisure Center – Copyright Noted HSG

Take a while to sit back to look at this video on You Tube, it’s surprising what has changed since 1990 just using Maghull Station as an example:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuqL1P8l6B4&feature=player_embedded

Maghull Station in 1991 looking south – the old semaphore signals are of course long gone – Copyright Noted HSG

At 17 minutes and 25 seconds on the video the train passes the former Maghull Signal Box (removed in 1994) and straight after the former Station Master’s House which was then falling into disuse and subsequently dereliction – see photos below – but it is rising from the ashes once again and being rebuilt as part of a new housing development on land behind the Liverpool bound platform.

Maghull Station Master’s House in July 2006

Maghull Station Master’s House May 2019

It is said that world famous toy maker Frank Hornby who lived in two separate houses in the Town, both close to Maghull Station (The Hollies & Quarry Brook), may have used Maghull’s station buildings as inspiration for his model buildings as he regularly took the train from his local station.

With thanks to Mike Penn for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Steam train powers through its station – 1967

Remember for former Liverpool – Glasgow trains from Exchange Station powering through Maghull on their way to Scotland via Ormskirk and Preston? Here’s a link to a video of one from 1967*, not long before they ceased to run:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvclPkUYGek

Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station

*The video title indicates 1950’s but you can hear from the commentary on this short video (and see from the livery on the coaches) that the year is 1967

Bootle & Litherland in times past

I came across this youtube video of old photographs of Bootle & Litherland recently and thought it was worth sharing:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmvoYiILFQc

I spent my whole working life in Bootle so got to know parts of it well indeed. Here are a few of my own more recent photos of the area:-

Bootle’s North Park

Bootle Village Gateway

Bootle Golf Course at dawn

Balliol Road buildings

Bootle Townscape

Liverpool – Southport Merseyrail line in the snow just north of Bootle New Strand Station

St Monica’s Bootle

Wallart in former railway tunnell

Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle

Johnsons the Cleaners factory

Sefton Borough – It’s closed railway stations

A modern freight train on its way to the docks passes the site of the Balliol Road Station.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-l5XtpzwBU

The photos are on You Tube – see link above

An interesting set of photos from just some of the lost railway stations across Sefton Borough. You’ll see a full list of them under the video.

And before you ponder it, Lydiate Station (one the Cheshire Lines & Southport Extension Railway) was never in Lydiate Civil Parish. It was in fact in Altcar Civil Parish and the site of it is within West Lancashire Borough.