A snowy shot of Maghull Station with an Ormskirk bound train approaching from 2010 – not related to the video
Remember the snow of February 1994? Well you can relive it via this You Tube video of Merseyrail’s Northern Line to Southport during that bad weather – see link below:-
The video starts of at Chester but soon goes on to Southport after about 1m 30sec’s.
Merseyrail Class 508 EMU at Maghull Station
The story is on Merseyrail’s video which you can see via the link to You Tube below:-
A Merseyrail electric unit at Bootle New Strand Station.
Nice to see Maghull’s award winning Station Volunteers featuring on the video…….
The ‘3 Graces’ on Liverpool waterfront taken from the new Museum of Liverpool
This video (see link above) on YouTube is well worth watching as it shows how well the City is appreciated by others.
Aged 20 I went on holiday to the south of France with 4 friends and the wonderful Carlos Santana tune Europa was being played on jukeboxes everywhere we went – It was from the album Amigos the seventh studio album by Santana released in 1976. Indeed, we played it so often in the bar we frequented during that holiday that we were asked to play some other tracks.
Some years later I came across the Argentinian jazz saxophone player Gato Barbieri via his 1976 album Caliente and was immediately taken with his rendition of Europa so imagine how great it was to find them playing this fine tune together! Here’s a couple of links to YouTube so you can delight in it too:-
Now what about the origins of Europa? It seems they are unclear or even possibly disputed as this link to Wikipedia notes:-
I would add that Barbieri’s Caliente album is superb all the way through, one of those rare albums that does not have a duff track on it at all. There’s a great rendition of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I want you’ on it. The only other album that comes to mind which is superb all the way through is Isaac Hayes’ To Be Continued.
Oh and one final thought on Europa – It would be a great tune for the Snake Davis Band to play.
This short video is interesting as it shows the station in earlier days when freight trains regularly travelled through it plus steam hauled passenger trains to and from Southport as well.
But look at it now, you would not believe it to be the same station as the one in the video:-
A Liverpool bound 507 EMU approaching the Crescent Road level crossing in Birkdale, Southport.
This Merseyrail cab ride from Liverpool (Hunts Cross) to Southport (shot on a rainy day) was filmed in 1990. It will of course be of interest to rail enthusiasts but also to those with an eye towards local history. It may only be 19 years ago but things change all the time. Enjoy via the link below:-
Hall Road Station