Liverpool Central High Level Station Remembered

Fronting onto Bold Street – the last part of the original Liverpool Central overground station still standing.

Photos of the former station are on You Tube – see link above.

Note – There’s a small issue on the video that requires explanation. Liverpool’s Exchange Station was not directly closed as part of the Beeching cuts, it went as part of the building of the Loop and Link underground section of the Merseyrail system, being replaced by Moorfields underground station near by. It did, however, lose it’s direct services to Scotland and the north which were transferred to Lime Street Station as a consequence of the Beeching cuts.

Loco stuck in the snow near Maidstone 1987

A snowbound Maghull (not Maidstone East Station) Station with an Ormskirk train approaching – from 2010

For those of you who like both trains and snow a excellent You Tube video, which I have just come across, of a bad winter back in 1987.


Maghull – Hornby – Portillo – Watch the Maghull/Hornby edition on You Tube

Getting off the train from Liverpool

In case you missed the January screening of the BBC TV programme Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo, which visited Maghull because it was the home of world famous toy manufacturer Frank Hornby, here’s a link to it on You Tube:- apologies as the link to the video has been removed due to a copyright issue it seems.

In the Hornby Room at Meadows Leisure Centre

Following the programme being broadcast the Frank Hornby Trust held an open day at Meadows Leisure Centre and Library in Maghull on 21st January and it was a great success with around 500 visitors on the day. The visiting Hornby tinplate ‘O’ Gauge railway layout (the same one as seen in the TV programme) was very popular with young and old.


Since then the Trust, on which Les French (as seen in the TV programme) and I are 2 of the trustees, has been getting enquiries about when our display cases are available for viewing. Presently there’s no easy answer because the Frank Hornby Room at the Leisure Centre is multi-use so it has a wide range of bookings for activities. On that basis we recommend that anyone wanting to see the display of Hornby related artifacts (Meccano, Hornby Trains, Dinky Toys etc.) contacts the Leisure Centre first to find out when viewing will be possible.

However, this situation should soon change as our display cases are to be moved within the Leisure Centre and following this they should be accessible whenever Maghull Library is open. The move is likely to take place within the next 2 to 3 months and we will ensure that when all is in place again that the opening hours/days are made well known.


By the way The Atkinson in Southport has a decent display of Hornby items too if you are out that way. Sadly The Museum of Liverpool is far more limited in its displays of Hornby products.

Merseyrail – Want to know how they externally refurbished the fleet of 507/508 EMU trains?

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

Stewart Signs Rail – Fleet refurbishment and Rebrand Case study: Merseyrail – you can access the company’s You Tube video of how they did the work via the link above.

The days of painting trains seems well gone as they are are covered in vinyls these days with just the odd spot of paint here and there where vinyls will not do the job.

Well I found it interesting……….

Liverpool – Leeds Liverpool Canal Link time-lapse video

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

The You Tube link to the video is below as you will may find that the Echo’s rather clunky web site will not play it easilly:-

A time lapse video that’s well worth watching to see the Liverpool Canal Link from the perspective of those travelling along it in a narrowboat.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this story.

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