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Report - Waterloo Dock Goods Yard, Liverpool, July 1971

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Bovine, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Bovine

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    One of the many goods yards adjacent to the Liverpool docks, this one opened in 1849 and was connected to the network at Edge Hill via the Victoria (2475m and Waterloo (862m) tunnels. After 1895 special passenger trains were worked to the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board's for the liners. By 1971, most of the yard had gone, leaving just the connection to the MD & HB system, although no traffic had used the line for some considerable time before.
    In the summer of 1971, a group of us had restored to steam, a small tank locomotive, which we housed in the former Princes Dock Loco Shed. We test steamed it one Saturday morning in July and decided to explore the former goods yard - using the engine! An absolutely without permission explore, but we got away with it!
    At the end of the month, the MD & HB diesel shunter at Princes Dock was moved to Brunswick via Edge Hill (the Pier Head lines having gone), which was the last use of the line before lifting.

    Waterloo Tunnel mouth, a locked point prevented going any further.

    Preparing to use the BR connection, across Waterloo Road

    Waterloo Tunnel mouth, boarded signalbox on right. The Byrom Street cutting is just visible

    We came across a pile of firewood, just what a hungry engine needs!

    On the return trip, Great Howard Street bridge in front.

    The top bridge carried a loop to Liverpool Exchange, now used by the Northern Line, whilst the other was the lifted branch to Great Howard Street Goods yard.

    Great Howard Street bridge.

    Looking for the track!

    Crossing Waterloo Road.

    The last train!

    Emerging from Victoria Tunnel at Edge Hill.

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