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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.