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Report - Manchester Mayfield Railway Station - Manchester July 2012



The Amateur Wanderer

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Manchester Mayfield Station - July 2012

Afternoon all, decided to report on a visit to Manchester's Mayfield Station last month. The station has been visited by quite a few people in the past but having an interest in railways this has been one on my to do list for a long time now. A few important bits of history then: The Station was opened on the 8th of August 1910 by the LNWR (London & North Western Railway) next to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railways Manchester London Road Terminus of 1844 (Later and more famously renamed Manchester Piccadilly in 1960 by British Railways). The Station was opened to deal with an ever increasing number of trains operating out of London Road Station and would act more or less as an overflow station for London Road. Little more can be said in the history of the Station until we reach the 1940's when Mayfield was hit by a Parachute Mine dropped by the Luftwaffe causing great damage to the station, however the station was soon rebuilt and active once more. Once British Railways took over from the LMS in 1948 the station saw a massive decrease in trains as rival companies had been merged and many trains were removed under the Beeching Axe, London Road or Piccadilly as it was now known was more than able to hold it's own and Mayfield sometimes saw one train per day during British Rail ownership, that been the 5PM Pines Express which Terminated at the Station. In the end British Rail saw no further use for the Station to serve passengers and it closed to passenger trains on the 28th of August 1960 with only 50 years of service under her belt. The Station reopened in 1970 as a Parcels depot but the Mail Trains only ran into Mayfield until 1986 when it was once again closed. The Tracks were removed in 1989 during the Piccadilly remodeling program and it has been derelict ever since. It has however made two TV Appearances in Prime Suspect and The Last Train. The Station suffered major fire damage after an arson attack in 2005.

So a bit long winded, but plenty has happened in the stations short life! On with the Pics now ;)

Ok so we'll start with an exterior shot, showing the parcel ramp and rear of the station.

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Heading on up!

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Inside, such lovely Iron Work...

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At the buffer stops, can just picture an old steamer simmering away here :)

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Going underground! The stairs leading up to the old concourse.

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Engineering works? :confused One of the props left behind during the filming of the 90's drama The Last Train.

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Back up top and looking down the buffers!

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Seven up anyone?

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And one more, showing the curvature of the platforms and track bed in Mayfield.

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So that's another one off the to do list, hope you enjoyed reading, cheers :thumb
 

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