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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: rentaclown100] #240354
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Originally Posted by rentaclown100
slightly off topic, this is rock ferry c1900, note the canopy being built. scanned from an original

Interesting to note that this is a Mersey Railway loco, with the condenser system, designed to minimise steam in the tunnels, apparently not very successfully. The line was extended from Green Lane to Rock Ferry in 1891. You have some fine pics. there, rentaclown.
Like your Cheap Day Ticket leaflet too. I wonder why the difference in fares between Central & James St. is sometimes nothing, sometimes 1 or 2 pence.


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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: chriskay] #365058
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If you have been following the 'Woodside Station' thread (see Woodside Station )here on WikiWirral, you will know that I have a number of railway related photographs taken by a mate of mine in the Birkenhead area in the late 1960's. They have never been seen elsewhere, so this a 'premiere', so to speak.

Some are of Mollington Street MPD, and I thought it would be good if I shared them here - my mate has no objections, so thanks to him. happy They were all taken on a primitive 'pre-box brownie', so the quality isn't fantastic, but I think they show quite nicely some of the atmosphere of those days.
I'll put them up in batches, as and when.

First of all are some 'Panoramic' views...

Cheers,
Billy.
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Looking across the ash plants - note the elevated signal box.
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The coaling Plant and general clutter of the yard. Gas works in the background.
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Overall view of the Shed yard - EE Type 4 (later Class 40) and 9F 2-10-0's on view. 1967.

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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: billy_anorak59] #365170
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heres some more views

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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: 8HBob] #367010
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Thanks 8HBob - some great shots there. Thought it's about time I put some more up.

Cheers,
Billy. happy

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8F hauled freight, looking towards Green Lane. This is where the shed tracks joined the main lines.
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May 1967.
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Another in May 1967.

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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: billy_anorak59] #367016
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great pictures,2nd picture down shows scrap yard green lane, smile I can tell you the owners name. smile


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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: kimpri] #367058
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The coal smoke smell was pretty powerfull in that area, with the gas works as well!

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That smell from the gasworks was pretty pungent, especially when you went on the gasworks side of the shed.

Bob.

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The 9F loco on the left of the bottom photo is a Crosti boilered 9F, it was supposed to be a better steaming design.

David Shepherds preserved 9F ( 92203 ) came from Birkenhead depot.

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Here's the last of the photo's my mate took in 1967 at the shed - the next lot will be down at the docks (and on a different thread).

Cheers,
Billy.

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A line of locos - the nearest one facing the camera is Stanier 4MT 42647. July 1967.
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Black 5 44844 on the main line passing the shed enterance. October 1967.
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Standard Class 5MT 'Class leader' no 7300 in July 1967. Note the hand painted smokebox number.

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Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: billy_anorak59] #368374
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The Steam Age! Hear and smell the action in that '2 Class 9Fs' photo!

Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: rentaclown100] #424817
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I used to have to go to Mollington Street sheds to do maintenance on a lot of the equipment in the steam days. The ash plants and the coaling plant. The ash plant used to take the ash after it had been dropped from the steam train into a pit. It was then lifted in ahuge bucket up to the hopper inside the ash plant. then when full a wagon would be brought underneath and the ash would be dropped into it and taken away.

The coaling plant filled up the steam train tender with coal. The hopper was filled froma coal wagon that was lifted on a platform and it's contents dumped into the hopper. When either of these plants broke down I would be one of those who went to fix it. I also worked on much of the water services including the two water tanks that were there.

Re: Mollington St. sheds - Train Sheds [Re: dave_g] #490966
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Found this diagram dated 1944 of Mollington St sheds, and thought it would complement Chriskay's map on page 1 of the thread.
Not the greatest of scans, and might have to zoom in for the details, but possibly of interest?
Cheers.

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some very fond memories looking at these photos, i was a driver on the steam and diesel tractions at mollington street and was also a fireman at bidston shed where i started in 1951
eventually ending up on the merseyrail underground.
sadly we will never see the like again

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I wonder if you can help me boyoboy. When I was very young I'm pretty sure that I saw a GC 04 2-8-0 on a John Summers ore train at Bidston dock (they were usually 8Fs at that time.) I haven't had contact with anyone else who saw one so doubt my memory. Were you at Bidston in the period 1955-60? Did you see such a thing?

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Originally Posted by TheCrab
I wonder if you can help me boyoboy. When I was very young I'm pretty sure that I saw a GC 04 2-8-0 on a John Summers ore train at Bidston dock (they were usually 8Fs at that time.) I haven't had contact with anyone else who saw one so doubt my memory. Were you at Bidston in the period 1955-60? Did you see such a thing?


The GCR locos were quite frequent visitors - but not usually used on the John Summers run - which was normally run by Bidston allocated locos at this time - as you suspect 8Fs - but replaced by 9Fs by the late 50's.

The loaded John Summers trains were the heaviest unbraked trains on BR (no vacuum/air braking) and the Brush class 47 diesels that took over at the end of steam were not up to the job braking wise..!

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