Northern Lines

Liverpool to Runcorn

including branches to Garston, Widnes and Warrington

by Adrian Hartless

   This volume covers the lines of the former London & North Western Railway running southeast from Liverpool Lime Street. In addition to the busy London main line across Runcorn Bridge there are branches to Garston Docks, the industrial towns of Widnes and Warrington, and the route from Widnes towards St Helens. The chronology of their construction may come as a surprise.



'Although covering a relatively small geographical area, there is a lot of passenger and freight activity within the book, two-thirds covering the main line from Lime Street through Edge Hill and Runcorn as far as Sutton Weaver, while the rest looks at the three off-shoots...
  This is a well-researched addition to the series and recommended to those interested in the area.'
(Railway Observer, Vol.92, No.1125, November 2022)

'The section of photographs across the three volumes will appeal to both young and old alike.'
(SLS Journal, November/December 2022, No.938, Vol.98 - review on Liverpool to Runcorn, Bolton to Preston & Preston to Lancaster)

'Most of the railways around the Mersey estuary are still with us today, but those endless heavy freights are no longer hauled by sturdy BR '9F' 2-10-0s, and block trains have replaced the need for acres of sidings for the marshall the long formations that were seen at the docks and heading for the now closed Fidlers Ferry power station...
   Our pictorial tour calls in at Runcorn, whose transporter bridge (the UK's first and the world's longest) was replaced by the present landmark steel through arch structure in 1961.'
(Steam World, Issue 425, November 2022)

Book Details

Adrian Hartless
Northern Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
04 June 2022
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
West Allerton FC
Liverpool Lime Street 1-11
Edge Hill 12-23
Wavertree 24-26
Sefton Park 27-29
Mossley Hill for Aigburth 30-33a
Mossley Hill 33b-33c
West Allerton 34-35
Allerton for Garston & Woolton 36-39
Allerton 40
Liverpool South Parkway 41-43
Speke Junction 44-48
Speke 49
Woodside Siding 50-52
Halebank 53-54
Ditton Junction 55-59
Ditton 60-64
Runcorn Bridge 65-68
Runcorn 69-73
Runcorn Dock 74-78
Sutton Weaver 82-83
Garston Junction 84
Garston Church Road 85-87
Garston Dock 88-91
Widnes 92-95, 97-98
Widnes South 96
Fiddler's Ferry Power Station 99-100
Fiddlers Ferry & Penketh 101
Fidlers Ferry & Penketh 102
Sankey Bridges 103
Warrington Bank Quay Low Level 104-108
Runcorn Gap (Widnes Dock) 109-111
Ann Street 112-115
Appleton 116-117
Farnworth & Bold 118-120