Churchtown railway station

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Churchtown
Location
Place Churchtown
Area Sefton
Coordinates 53°39′43″N 2°57′55″W / 53.661965°N 2.965384°W / 53.661965; -2.965384Coordinates: 53°39′43″N 2°57′55″W / 53.661965°N 2.965384°W / 53.661965; -2.965384
Grid reference SD36301882
Operations
Original company West Lancashire Railway
Pre-grouping
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2[1]
History
20 February 1878 (1878-02-20) Opened[1]
7 September 1964 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Churchtown railway station was on the West Lancashire Railway (WLR) in England. It opened in 1878 and served the Southport suburb of Churchtown.

History[edit]

In the Churchtown area, the railway ran above the streets on an embankment, and crossed Cambridge Road on an iron bridge. The station was on the east side of Cambridge Road immediately after the bridge, with the booking office situated at street level, on the westbound[2] side of the station, roughly where Churchtown Medical Centre stands today.

Originally services ran from Southport Central to Preston Fishergate Hill. However, upon the WLR's absorption by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1901, both termini were closed to passengers and became goods depots. Services then ran from Southport Chapel Street to Preston.

The 3.5-mile (5.6 km) section of the Southport-Preston line running from Southport Chapel Street station to Crossens station was electrified by the LYR in 1904 using the same 630V DC system as had been installed on the Liverpool-Southport line a few months earlier. Consequently, after this date, travellers from Churchtown station used both electric and steam-hauled trains.

Upon closure of the West Lancashire Railway in 1964, Churchtown station was demolished within days, to prevent any possible acts of vandalism and arson, as the station had been made entirely of wood (as with Penwortham Cop Lane railway station), along with both of its platforms.

The bridge was dismantled during 1965 and the embankments on either side removed soon afterwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Station Name: Churchtown". Disused Stations. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "1890town plan.gif". Disused Stations. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  • Cadwallader, Jonathan; Jenkins, Martin (2010). Merseyside Electrics. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3417-4. 


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Hesketh Park
towards Southport
  West Lancashire Railway   Crossens
towards Preston