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    hi iam just about ready to start on my wirral closed lines and tunnels website page can anyone please help as i dont have much info on the wirral what closed lines are there and tunnels? a diagram would be a great help.


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    Default Wirral Closed Lines & Tunnels

    here is a list of of closed lines & tunnels & few stations what i know of
    1. Birkenhead Woodside Station
    2. Birkenhead Town
    3. Monks Ferry
    4. Birkenhead Dock Branch
    5. Haymarket Tunnel,Birkenhead
    6. Hooton To West Kirby
    7. Seacombe Branch
    8. Grange Lane,Birkenhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeo25 View Post
    here is a list of of closed lines & tunnels & few stations what i know of ...
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    • Shore Road Goods (Cheshire lines, immediately North of Woodside landing stage
    • Dock Road Goods (CLC)
    • Dock Road Goods (GCR), both on the Wallasey side of the Great Float, just West of Duke Street bridge.
    • Huge marshalling yard, GWR, between Morpeth and Wallasey docks
    • Dock Line to luggage boat section of Seacombe landing stage (disused in 1948)
    • Bidston Dock, huge sidings and quayside loading tracks for iron ore trains to Summers's Steelworks.
    • Cammell Laird sidings, used to bring steel plate into the shipyard.


    A lot of those are largely forgotten because more used or longer surviving railways were nearby. I can recall being amazed to see inch thick steel plate curved up at an alarming degree while being unloaded from railcars at Lairds in 1974. I was flabbergasted at to how much energy must have been stored in that steel and what a huge dangerous business shipbuilding really is.

    As to tunnels, I believe the tunnels to Woodside Station and to Monk's Ferry before than were both of the "cut and cover" types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeo25 View Post
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    Mollington Street Depot

    ...which, incidentally, I feel that the site should be redeveloped as Birkenhead Central high level mainline terminus - with 25kV OHLC electrification to Chester & Crewe! You could stick a big multistorey shopping & office concourse on top of it, if you want.

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    Just had a look on your site, you say there may have been a tunnell between central & the museum. I can say that is wrong, they used a door at the back for the old trains. There is no way any railway company would build a tunnell just to deliver relics to a museum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJP View Post
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    Mollington Street Depot

    ...which, incidentally, I feel that the site should be redeveloped as Birkenhead Central high level mainline terminus - with 25kV OHLC electrification to Chester & Crewe! You could stick a big multistorey shopping & office concourse on top of it, if you want.
    Mollington St is best used to connect Merseyrail to Wirral Waters. See:
    http://www.liverpoolwiki.org/Extendi...sit_Merseyrail

    To Crew? Mainline? All mainline in Merseyside runs from Lime St accessed via rapid-transit Merseyrail. Chester is accessed via Merseyrail.
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