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Date(s) - 23rd November 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bootle New Strand Station


Exploring the L&Y’s North Mersey Line

L&Y North Mersey Branch: Fazakerley Junc to Gladstone Dock (blue arrow; passengers) & North Mersey (goods). Opened (goods only) in 1866. Note the link from the Southport line to the North Mersey Branch allowing through trains between Liverpool Exchange and Aintree to travel via Bootle.

A walk of 5.5 miles in the North Liverpool area led by Bernard Parkinson, to explore the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s North Mersey Line. The line opened for goods in 1866. Passenger services followed with stations at Gladstone Dock (1914), Linacre Road (1906) and Ford (1906). Aintree Racecourse station opened c.1890 but never had a public service; it served only race day specials. Use these links for the full 1906 Railway Clearing House Map of Liverpool and for the  L&Y North Mersey Branch Railway Walk Notes

After viewing bridges, viaducts and junctions in Bootle we will follow, as near as possible, the route of the former North Mersey Branch line passing the sites of Linacre Road, Ford and Aintree Racecourse stations and other railway infrastructure. The walk will end in Aintree.

Meet initially in the concourse of Liverpool South Parkway Station at 10.20 a.m. following arrival of the 09.37 a.m. departure (East Midlands Trains) from Manchester Piccadilly (dep. Stockport at 09.24) and Warrington Central at 09.58). Transferring to Merseyrail, the group will then travel to Bootle New Strand station where the walk will start.

The walk will commence from Bootle New Strand station at 11.00 a.m. approx. Ticketing suggestion for travel from all directions, including Manchester and Crewe, is a return ticket to Bootle New Strand.

The lunch break will be at Litherland, where there is a supermarket cafe. There are opportunities for an early escape along the route.  Return from will be by Merseyrail service back to Liverpool Central (for Lime Street) or Liverpool South Parkway for onward journeys to Manchester and other destinations. The necessary ticket for the Merseyrail segment on the return journey should be purchased on the day (£2.05 with a railcard). For further information contact Gerald Leach;telephone 01565 654342 or email gerald.leach@btinternet.com.

Linacre Road Bridge looking south (1930’s). Station entrance is to the left.

Ford Station looking east on Grand National Day, 1930. The train is a Liverpool Overhead Railway electric multiple unit en route to Dingle.

Looking south towards Aintree Racecourse Station (early C20th). The single platform of the station was to the left of the bridge on the east side of the road.

Aintree Racecourse station looking west on 22 October 1963. Heading east along the platform is Stanier 5MT (Black 5) locomotive. On race days (the only time the station was used) the westbound line became bi-directional. At all other times eastbound trains ran along the platform.

Gladstone Dock station looking north-east in September 1914. A lightweight LYR electric multiple unit is departing from the station en route to Aintree Sefton Arms. In the distance is the Liverpool Overhead Railway station at Seaforth Sands.

Finishing Touches Ahead of the Official Renaming Ceremony at Bootle New Strand Station (formerly Marsh Lane and Strand Road Station) probably in March 1967

View of the tunnel taking the Midland Railway under the L&Y line and Marsh Lane and Strand Road station. The view is looking east with Stanley Road bridge in the distance. Today the cutting is filled in and what was the top half of the tunnel is a walkway to the New Strand Shopping Centre.

Midland Railway tunnel under L&Y line and Bootle New Strand station showing how the cutting was filled in to create a street level footpath to the New Strand Shopping Centre.