Liverpool Overhead Railway
I first came to know of the Liverpool Overhead Railway when I found a
print of Dingle Station amongst the Birmingham photo's. I knew it
wasn't in Birmingham and a quick Google
introduced me to the fascinating history of the L.O.R. A trawl
through the prints and slides revealed that my father had, once again,
made an effort to capture a piece of history on film via a visit to
Liverpool in the year before the system would be shut down for good.
You can find some interesting facts about the L.O.R. on Timbo's Liverpool
site and UrbanRail.Net
Rather oddly, and for reasons that will become clear later, there is
also an interesting page on the Subterranea
Up until now, Dewi
have been the definitive internet resource to
show the railway as it was. I think my father's photographs
complement these wonderfully. Put the two pages together and you
have a superb visual record of the network!
My thanks to Ray for providing this
very early photograph
of the L.O.R.
L.O.R. Train Approaching Seaforth & Litherland Stn -
|Not a particularly exciting
start! Seaforth & Litherland was a Lancashire and Yorkshire
Railway station and it had been equipped with a third rail as part of
reciprocal arrangement with the L.O.R.
N End of Seaforth Sands Stn - 10/4/55
Sands station was the first proper L.O.R. station on the trip. It
was not part of the original system, however - it had opened in 1894
with the completion of an extension from Alexandra Dock.
N Approach to Seaforth Sands Stn - 10/4/55
|A similar shot to above but my
father has moved closer to the end of the platform.
I highly suspect that the two gentlemen to the right of the picture are
Vic Goodwin and Ken Morris - friends of my father and big rail
Seaforth Sands Stn - 10/4/55
exterior shot of Seaforth Sands Station.
N End of Alexandra Dock Stn - 10/4/55
|One of the
main functions of the L.O.R. was to serve the docks. There were
many 'dock' stations.
Train Arriving at Huskisson Dock Stn - 10/4/55
building dominating this shot was the warehouse of the Sandon and
Canada Dock goods depot. It was built by the Midland Railway
company in the 1850s. Here
is another shot from 1924.
It was spotted by Andy Doherty in 1998 but local man Dave tells me it
sadly no longer exists. Thanks to Jon for his help with this one.
Train Leaving Huskisson Dock Stn - 10/4/55
funnel and the numerous cranes show how close the railway was to the
Train Leaving Pier Head Stn - 10/4/55
fascinating Art Deco style building in the centre of this picture
survives to this day and serves a double role in life! The tall
column is a ventlation shaft for the Mersey Tunnel and the offices at
the base were used by the company that ran the tunnel. There is
some interesting information about the building on the Liverpool
World Heritage website.
Thanks to Will for his help with this one.
Train Nr Herculaneum Dock Stn - 10/4/55
|This is the
part of the railway that fascinates me! In 1896, three years
after the line opened, it was extended to Dingle Station. To
achieve this, a tunnel had to be cut. Surely the L.O.R. must have
been the only 'overhead' railway with an extensive underground section!
A local resident provided a modern
view of this scene and also a close
up of the tunnel entrance.
Dingle Stn, L'Pool O'Head Rly - 10/4/55
shot of the interior of Dingle Station. Seeing this, it's not
surprising that the station has an entry on Subterranea
Frontage of Dingle Stn - 10/4/55
|The end of
the line and a close up of the station entrance. Have a look at
the left hand side of this shot and then check out the colour picture
Fares at Dingle Stn - 10/4/55
colour slide of the fares board outside the station. The advert
for Wall's ice cream is a nice snap shot of times gone by too.
Simple cones and bricks in wafers instead of today's fancy Soleros etc!
Dingle Stn - 10/4/55
|A wider view
of Dingle Station shows the nearby Gaumont cinema too. A modern
view taken by a local resident shows the house to the right and the
Gaumont cinema survive. The station building, sadly, does not...
Site of Pier Head Stn L.O.R. - 26/6/60
|In 1960 my
parents went to the Isle of Man for a holiday. My father
obviously had to re-visit the site of Pier Head station to see what was
left. The simple answer - nothing. After it's closure in
1956, the railway remained in place for a year or so with the hope that
someone would take it over and get it running again. The
investment never happened and the system was dismantled starting in
September 1957. The demolition was completed by January 1959.