Liverpool Riverside railway station
Site of Liverpool Riverside Station in August 2010
|Original company||Mersey Docks and Harbour Board|
|Pre-grouping||Mersey Docks and Harbour Board|
|Post-grouping||Mersey Docks and Harbour Board|
|12 June 1895||Opened|
|25 February 1971||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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It had two main platforms of 795 feet (242 m) and 698 feet (213 m), with a centre release track between them, and a 560 feet (170 m) bay platform, all covered by a roof. Beyond the buffers were waiting rooms and an inspector's office. It was rebuilt in 1945 after bomb damage. On the opposite side of Princes Parade from the station were the Customs examination rooms and the floating Princes Landing Stage, where the ships berthed.
Due to weight restrictions on the line, it was worked by a pair of LNWR Webb Coal Tank locomotives which took trains from Edge Hill railway station until strengthening of the infrastructure around the docks area in 1950 allowed large mainline locomotives to travel through. To open the line for a train the signalman had to walk about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) fitting six Annett's keys into locks at the swing bridge and points. A pilot with a red flag had to walk a similar distance in front of each train arriving and departing.
The station was heavily used during both World Wars, receiving troop trains from all over the United Kingdom, however a decline in Atlantic liner traffic in the 1960s due to the growing popularity of air travel saw its use decline.
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- Railway Magazine June 1950 p. 372
- Railway Magazine June 1950 p. 373
- Friday 21 October 1949, Hull Daily Mail
- Hughes, John C. (March 1999). "Waterloo and Riverside". Back Track. Vol. 13 no. 3. Pendragon Publishing. ISSN 0955-5382.
- Reed, C. Gateway to the West: A history of Riverside Station Liverpool, MD&HB – LNWR. LNWR Society, 1992.
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