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    Default Dock Railway, Pier Head, 1953

    My recent posting on the Gaumont cinema, which I erroneously attributed to Camden Street (the suggestion is that it was The Savoy in Brougham Terrace) brought home to me the ease with which errors can be made and, if not corrected, become established facts. When I started publishing books, I soon realised that there were [...]


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    Great posting Colin and yes i'm sure an answer will follow shortly.
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    Good photo, old one but very clear. You put some very good images up that enhance the topic.

    Especially as it shows the floating roadway up with the tide.

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    The railway lines shwn in the picture were part of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Boards 'main line', which ran the length of the docks. The railway companies and their successors had runnimg powers over it, but the MDHB had a fleet of 0-6-0 saddle tanks and engine sheds as well.
    The section across the Pier Head became a nightmare to operate, due to parked cars and traffic, being abandoned in the 1960's. the dock railway was then operated in two halves until closure of the South Docks in 1971. Following re-laying and reconstruction of Alexandra Dock level crossing, the only section remaining is from the container terminal to the Bootle Branch.
    This is the limit of the northern part in July 1971 and the last (private) steam loco on the docks.
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    Great picture Sirob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza View Post
    Great picture Sirob.
    Thanks, I had great fun steaming round the Princes Dock lines - and I have the pics to prove it!
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