When thinking of railways in Merseyside, some people will think of the extensive third-rail Merseyrail commuter system. Although prominent in the whole county and beyond, the area is regularly served by seven TOCs and three FOCs, which, certainly with freight, tend to get overlooked by many people from around the UK. With that in mind, author Doug Birmingham hopes to surprise many people with the large variety that has been recorded in an often overlooked region.
The images in this book give an overview from the last twenty years of the variety of passenger and freight trains, including motive power, that have travelled in and out of Merseyside. This book covers all the main lines, including the LNWR line to Runcorn; Liverpool and Manchester line; Cheshire Lines Committee line to Warrington Central; and yes, surprisingly, a section of the WCML too. Other lines feature too, including both the Northern and Wirral lines of the extensive Merseyrail system, along with the Bootle Branch line that serves Liverpool Docks, as well as the Prescot to St Helens Central line and also the Kirkby to Rainford Junction line.
Doug Birmingham has always had an interest in railways and since 1980 has had many images published in various railway publications. Since about 2001 has mainly concentrated recording the local everyday passenger and freight services around Merseyside.