From A New Town Via Newtown to Seaport
Thursday, 26 January 2023
Is It A Train? No, It's A Bus! (Part 2)
Publishing Bludner! (Again)
Well, it said it was published on the fbb phone but said it wasn't on the fbb laptop. Sadly your blogging genius (!!) did not spot the error until alerted by correspondent Andrew at 0930 yesterday. fbb's usual BFWE (Blog Failure Warning Equipemnt - i.e. Sheffield Correspondent Dave must have been having a lie-in - he usually emails at about 0530!).
For those who missed yesterday's posting, the whole blog is repeated after today's episode.
And so ...
It'll Be A Gem, New Rails to Skem
There are also proposals for an hourly service via Wigan to Manchester.
But there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that work has already started on Headbolt Lane station to the east of Kirkby.
But there's bad news. Notwork Rail have decided that although millions could be electrocuted on the Southern Region of Britains railways and several hundred thousand can be electrocuted on the Merseyrail network, the good folk who live near the one mile extension from Kirkby to Headbolt Lane must be protected at all costs.
So the trains will have to run on batteries. But that means that the shiny new Merseyrail trains ...
That process will be vastly more expensive than extending the third rail.
There are other considerations which are worrying the planners. Will the trains be able to get to Skelmersdale and back to fit in with the 15 minute frequency at Kirkby? If not, there will be problems with what will be a single track section.
It is all part of the policy of (NOT?) levelling up "The North" and (NOT?) encouraging the move away from cars and on to trains.
Well done Rishi and chums!
Rosie, of course, is from the other lot!
But, do not be too dismayed about the failure of the rail pan, Rosie and the Skemmers, A new express bus service has started this very week. Enter Stagecoach route 319.
fbb will examine the new service tomorrow.
Next Skelmersdale blog : Friday 27th January
Yesterday's blog repeated
for those that missed it between 0200 and 0930
Back then, the BBC was not full of originality for its fictional place names. Aidensfield (ITV Heartbeat)? Fine? Emmerdale (ITV)? Great! Wetherfield (ITV Corrie)? Appropriate considering the weather! Walford (BBC 'Enders)? Believable! Angleton (BBC Newcomers)? Hmmm.
Z-Cars was set in the Merseyside community of Newtown with occasional forays into nearby Seaport. Oft referenced, however, was The A580 East Lancs Road.
Our tale centres on another new town a little north and east of Kirkby, the Newtown of John Watt and Charlie Barlow.
fbb refers to Skelmersdale, known locally as Skem. This was Skem in the 1930s.
And Skem had a railway station.
The orange road in today's map is built on the line of the railway.
Now, all that remains is the Railway Tavern (looking South), seen peeping out from behind the station building in the old picture above (to the left of the footbridge).
Well, the footbridge and signal box are still there ...
It used to be a great place for Pacers ...
Excited blog readers should read-on tomorrow!
To add to the excitement, Kirkby has a bus interchange.
Limmattalbhn A P.S.
fbb forgot to explain. The brand new trams for Line 20 are seven segment vehicles.