A Rolls Royce Cravens set (Class 112) at Southport in 1966. David Faircloth.
Southport, with a Class 104 just seen to the right of the 105. Ian Francis.
A refurbished Class 108 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory (DMCL), M52060 was in the carriage sidings at Southport on an August evening in 1977 awaiting assessment following a side swipe that even damaged the front nearside steps. Martyn Hilbert.
Damaged following a side swipe on its nearside, Class 108 DCML keeps company with some Class 502s whilst waiting assessment in the sidings at Southport on a warm August evening in 1977. In the intervening years, many of the buildings in the background have disappeared. Martyn Hilbert.
M52060 had suffered accident damage when seen at Southport on the 7th August 1979. Robert Frise.
M52060 had suffered accident damage to its side when seen at Southport on the 7th August 1979. Robert Frise.
M52060 at Southport on the 7th August 1979. It has accident damage on the opposite side of the vehicle. Robert Frise.
The preserved blue/grey liveried Class 502 set keeps company with a pair of BRCW 3-Car DMU sets in the carriage sidings at Southport on March 30th 1980. The nearest set is a Class 110 'Calder Valley' with Driving Motor Composite E51814 looking rather grimy. Close examination of the side and cab lower edge suggests it may have had a close encounter with some other object or been in a bit of a mishap. Alongside the 110 is a 3-Car Class 104, with Centre Composite Trailer M59185 on view. The set was one of the Manchester-Blackpool 'white liners', whose diagrams included the odd trip to Southport from Manchester Victoria. The car park beyond looks rather empty. Martyn Hilbert.
FA99900 at Southport on 19/8/80. Robert Frise.
The Fisons weedkiller train at Southport on 19/8/80. Robert Frise.
At Southport 50814 and 50778 are amongst the many DMUs to be seen on 25/8/80. Chris Lings.
A joint BR/Steamport Museum open day at Southport on the 11th September 1982, featured a shuttle service between Southport Station and the Museum premises, hauled by Birkenhead allocated Class 03, 03189 with a 2-car Class 108 dmu. The ensemble is seen from the Windsor Road Footbridge heading from BR metals into the Steamport premises. Martyn Hilbert.
A joint BR/Steamport Open Day at Southport on September 11th 1982, saw a connecting service between Southport Station and the former Engine Shed in Derby Road, operated by Birkenhead based 03189 with Class 108 DMU M52051/M51936 providing the passenger accomodation. With former West Lancashire Railway land as a backdrop, 03189 propels one of the frequent shuttles away from the Steamport Museum and was about to pass under Windsor Road Footbridge. The Museum closed in 1999 and the site is now a retail park. The land above the 03 was the former route to the original West Lancashire Railway terminus station at Derby Road, used by services of the independent company when the line opened in 1883 from Preston until it was absorbed by the L&Y in 1897, the station being closed to passenger trains in 1901 following remodelling at Chapel Street. The WLR station was then used for goods traffic until 1973. Martyn Hilbert.
Birkenhead allocated 03189 was having a weekend at Southport during a joint BR/Steamport open day on September 11/12th 1982, when the 03 and a Class 108 DMU (M52051/M51936) formed a shuttle service between the Museum in Derby Road and Southport Station. In this view the exhibits on display are visible in platforms 5 & 6. The tracks in the foreground were once electrified and used by the services to Meols Cop and Crossens. Martyn Hilbert.
The shuttle service between platform 6 at Southport and the Steamport Museum in the former MPD at Derby Road was being operated by a Class 108 DMU formed of cars M51936 & M52051 with 03189 providing the power on September 11th 1982. Martyn Hilbert.
This 110 is seen at Southport, unknown date. Andrew McConnell.
M51911 is at the front of these two two-car Class 108 sets seen at Southport (Chapel Street) in September 1984. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Swindon class 120 three-car set led by DMSL 51583 at Southport, with a service for Manchester Victoria, 8/9/84. Robert Chilton.
The last operational asbestos free Cravens Class 105 (M53812) and Gloucester Class 100 (M53355) operating from Newton Heath Depot, were paired together as a twin set for their last few months in traffic. The unit was employed on the Steamport shuttle from Southport Station to the museum at the former locomotive depot at Derby Road on September 23rd 1984 during a joint BR/Steamport open day. The DMU was to be saved as part of the national collection but was vandalised beyond repair at Crewe whilst in store. Behind the unit, construction of a new industrial estate is underway on what was the approach to the former West Lancashire Railway terminus building in Derby Road. Martyn Hilbert.
On September 23rd 1984 the Newton Heath based Gloucester/Cravens twin set, 53355/53812 was being used on a shuttle service from the Steamport Museum to Southport Station as part of a joint open day. In this view the set has just left Steamport and is heading towards St Lukes before reversing back towards Southport Station. Note that the disused island platform at St Lukes was still in existance, despite the station closing in 1968. This section of line also carried the electrics to Meols Cop, Hesketh Park, Churchtown and Crossens, sadly lost in an act of wanton vandalism and stupidity when the line from Preston to Southport was closed in September 1964. Had the electric service survived it would now be well patronised and could have formed the basis of a park and ride from the A565 near Banks that would have relieved Southport of much traffic. Martyn Hilbert.