Friday, May 22, 2020

The last days of the Liverpool Overhead Railway


This unique line operated between 1893 and 1956. Click on the image above to view a film about its final days on the British Film Institute site.

It closed because years of salt spray off the Irish Sea had left the owners with a vast repair bill. But there was also a suspicion that the line had annoyed the powers that be by surviving in private hands after the nationalisation of the railways in 1948.

1 comment:

Frank Little said...

I trust that the Online Video of The Liverpool Overhead Railway (aka the dockers' umbrella) has been transferred from VHS to a digital medium. The commentary is by ex-BBC producer and life-long tram enthusiast Martin Jenkins. I declare an interest in that he was the star actor of Oldershaw Grammar when I started attending there.

My father made sure that the family made a trip the length of the railway which remained in its last year of operation.