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    Quote Originally Posted by oritelad View Post
    just been back to exhange station still never saw anything
    It definately used to be there. You could see it from the train just before the tunnels at Leeds Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_142 View Post
    DITTON is a Station for which is now closed down and now demolished and it seems to have been forgoten so far inb this thread !

    Also on the Wigan to Manchester Line there is also a disused Station and also i see one on the way into MAN PIC but dont know the names thogh.
    Ditton does seem to be overlooked,perhaps because people think station closures ended after Beeching's axe. That disused stations site was great though!

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    Incidentally,how about stations almost not in use,aka request stops. There are a few on the mid-wirral line that only get guaranteed stops in peak hours. The E. Port-Bank Quay* service only runs at peak hours too,and how nice it would be to be a station-master on the stops east to Helsby.

    [*it did a few years back,dunno if it's gotten any better since...]

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    Quote Originally Posted by skgogosfan View Post
    Incidentally,how about stations almost not in use,aka request stops. There are a few on the mid-wirral line that only get guaranteed stops in peak hours. The E. Port-Bank Quay* service only runs at peak hours too,and how nice it would be to be a station-master on the stops east to Helsby.

    [*it did a few years back,dunno if it's gotten any better since...]

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    Quote Originally Posted by oritelad View Post
    i wish i could find more on warren station the one before New Brighton station
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    One of the Yesterday's of Wirral books has a image of it. But it was only a request stop for golfers. They closed it due to the amount of times it needed to be uncovered due to sand-drifting.

    Its a shame Birkenhead Woodside was demolished. We could have had our own G-Mex overlooking the River!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronijayne View Post
    Do we use the word 'gotten' now. Oh no, I tell the Americans every day there is no such word
    Gotten of course is in use in American English. It's just one of the words we used to use in England that got lost in time but was retained in the US. Pocketbook and turnpike come to mind as others but there are many more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallasey View Post
    Its a shame Birkenhead Woodside was demolished. We could have had our own G-Mex overlooking the River!
    I never saw Birkenhead Woodside for myself (a tad too young), but from the pictures I've seen, it was an architectural masterpiece! The station was huge, considering there were just 5 platforms.
    It was a shame that it was built 'the wrong way round', with the beautiful Victorian portico, facing Cammell Lairds shipyard & not the Ferry Terminus, as was originally intended. Passengers never getting to see the huge stone fireplaces or massive timber roof trusses, that were meant to have been the booking office & waiting rooms. Instead they were only ever used for storing mail & suchlike.
    Marcus Binney wrote in his 'Save Britain's Heritage' book, that it was "a station of truly baronial proportions & worthy of any London Terminus". A complete travesty that the building was demolished, like so many others (Birmingham Snow Hill, Liverpool Central High Level, Bradford Exchange, etc)...
    If anyone has photos of Birkenhead Woodside (& not copied from the Subrit site) before, after closure & during demolition, they'd be great to see...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouseinmanc View Post
    If anyone has photos of Birkenhead Woodside (& not copied from the Subrit site) before, after closure & during demolition, they'd be great to see...!
    Some Birkenhead Woodside photos attached, courtesy of National Railway Museum & Merseyside Railway History Group.

    I can remember taking the train from Woodside to Plymouth in 1966. I think it closed the following year.

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    Birkenhead Museum has a scale layout of the Woodside rail and surround buildings
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    Wow. I knew it was a station, but never knew it was so impressive.

    Shame they go rid of so many excellent station buildings.

    Was looking for a photo of the old Waterloo station (before they destroyed it with them horrible shelters), but can't find one. While I was looking, found this for sale on Ebay

    I used to use that station most days. I know the station is still in use now but ya can see how much the soul has been ripped out of it. Sorry couldn't find a good current photo of it

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    You know, there something fascinates me about various Train Stations for some reason and I feel a right geek . I like looking at some of the small Stations along the Soutport Line as some have very pleasant surroundings, like Freshfields and Formby. Anyone got a spare Gagool?

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    As a little kid I recall going into Woodside station. I recall it was dark, dirty and old and Victorian and had no big facade like Lime Street. It had no lasting positive impression. Looking at the model it was obviously built wrong, facing the wrong way and incorrect orientation. It should have been a joint ferry/rail station, where the passengers get off the ferry directly into the station, all under the same roof, with busses outside. Maybe that is too obvious.
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    It wasn't down to the GWR that Woodside was built 'the wrong way round'. It was always intended that the 3 modes of transport (train, bus & ferry) were to be integrated. Unfortunately, at that time, both the bus & ferry companies were extremely slow & uncooporative, resulting in their terminus' being located in the position they are today.
    In respect of the station being dark & dingy, like many other stations across the country, this was the result of years of pollution. I'm sure when it was fairly new it wasn't like that. Think of how St. Pancras looked prior to the refurb, it was exactly the same. I remember taking the train there from Manchester a few years back & thinking what a sorry state such a grand station had become. Now after being given a new lease of life, it looks clean, bright, airy & absolutley stunning.
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    Was looking at the Disused Stations website last night under Sub Brit and I was delighted to get a couple more pictures of the old Childwall Station and tracks as it was updated.

    I had taken a nose at the updated Gateacre page and came across a picture I can't make head nor tail of.

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    From what I can gather, there was an underground subway to get to the other side of the station but I've never come across this before - and as a regular on the loop line, I can't for the life of me find where it was or any clue.

    Anyone any idea?? Gateacre Station was on Belle Vale Road.

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    I'm not sure if it's exactly at Gateacre, but I think it's somewhere along that stretch, is the small remnant of a brick structure. I get on the loop line at Springfield Park and it's on the right when I'm heading towards Halewood. It's the base of a structure which is about three brick courses high and it's angled away from the track line. It should be visable again now that the trees have lost their leaves. Sorry I can't be more specific but I've always wondered what it was. I suppose it could have been toilets, a small signal box or, in light of your information, the entrance to a subway.

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