The Liverpool Overhead Railway

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The Liverpool Overhead Railway

Post by Deepol » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:44 am

The Liverpool Overhead Railway or Dockers' Umbrella was the elevated railway which ran along the docks opened in 1893.It was the first electric elevated railway in the World and the first to use automatic colour light signalling and electric multiple units.
It originally ran from Alexandra to Herculaneum Docks but was later extended and eventually ran from Seaforth to Dingle. It suffered a lot of damage in air raids during WW2 and lost some of its stations.
In 1955 a structural survey showed that major repairs were needed. Sadly the Company could not afford the costs and it closed at the end of 1956, the infrastructure demolished by 1957. One wonders if it had come under British Railways in 1948 if it might have survived.
It played a prominent backdrop to the finale of the 1950 film The Clouded Yellow starring Trevor Howard and Jean Simmons.
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Scans of the system map.
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Re: The Liverpool Overhead Railway

Post by Deepol » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:13 pm

These are some shots taken from the BBC Flog It antiques programme which has a mid section which can be very interesting giving the history of the location from which it's recorded. This is from a Liverpool edition and featured the LOR.
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Up at Gladstone Dock with HMS Vanguard.
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Car No.25 heading for Aintree
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Infrastructure.
LOR-LiverBuilding.jpg
Liver Building and Pier Head.
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