GATEACRE PASSENGER SERVICES

[Source: Paul Wright]


At the time of opening Gateacre was served by trains between Walton-on-the-Hill and Liverpool Central. Walton-on-the-Hill was a temporary terminus on the Huskisson branch as tunnels leading down to the docks had not been completed. They were ready by 1 July 1880 when goods services started to run to Huskisson. On 2 August 1880 the passenger service was extended from Walton-on-the-Hill to Huskisson.

For race meetings at Aintree special trains were run for the first time on 13 July 1880 to a CLC station at Aintree provided for that purpose. Gateacre would have been served by some of these trains. The CLC owned its own rolling stock but possessed no locomotives: all local CLC services were hauled by MS&LR locomotives.

The December 1895 timetable showed Gateacre as having nineteen trains in each direction on Monday-to-Friday as seen by the table below. There were two extra up and an extra down train on Saturdays. On Sundays there were eight up and six down trains.

Up Trains December 1895

Destination

Down trains December 1895

Destination

7.20am

Liverpool Central

7.40am

Southport Lord Street

7.49am

Liverpool Central

9.30am

Southport Lord Street

8.18am

Liverpool Central

10.36am

Southport Lord Street

8.42am

Manchester Central

11.37am

Southport Lord Street

8.57am

Warrington Central

12.32pm

West Derby

8.57am

Liverpool Central

1.35pm

Southport Lord Street

9.17am

Liverpool Central

1.43pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

9.45am

Liverpool Central

2.06pm

Southport Lord Street

11.23am

Liverpool Central

2.40pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

12.03pm

Manchester Central

3.36pm

Southport Lord Street

12.10pm

Liverpool Central

3.39pm

Walton-on-the-Hill

1.20pm

Liverpool Central

4.28pm

Southport Lord Street

1.47pm

Manchester Central

4.41pm

Southport Lord Street

2.48pm

Warrington Central

5.20pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Walton-on-the-Hill

3.16pm

Liverpool Central

5.25pm

Southport Lord Street

3.23pm

Manchester Central

5.37pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

4.47pm

Liverpool Central

5.54pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Southport Lord Street

5.05pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

6.23pm

Walton-on-the-Hill

6.21pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

6.31pm

Southport Lord Street

6.32pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

6.34pm (Saturdays Only)

Aintree

6.59pm

Liverpool Central

6.39pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Aintree

7.43pm

Manchester Central

7.31pm

Southport Lord Street

8.00pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

8.13pm

Walton-on-the-Hill

8.08pm

Liverpool Central

8.37pm

Southport Lord Street

8.56pm

Liverpool Central

9.33pm

Southport Lord Street

9.40pm (Saturdays Only)

Manchester Central

10.46pm

Walton-on-the-Hill (To Southport on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)

10.29pm

Liverpool Central

11.13pm

Walton-on-the-Hill (To Southport on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Gateacre was still well served the July 1922 timetable showing twenty up and twelve down trains Monday-to-Friday. There were also a number of terminating trains from Liverpool. Trains ran in the main to Southport Lord Street, Manchester Central and Liverpool Central.

The summer timetable for 1932 showed Gateacre as having ten up and nine down trains. All of the down trains ran to Southport Lord Street. Most of the up services ran to Manchester Central.

On 1 January 1948 the CLC became part of British Railways London Midland Region. The summer timetable for 1948 showed Gateacre as having ten up trains and eight down on Monday-to-Friday as seen in the table below. There were eleven up and eight down on Saturdays and four in each direction on Sundays.

Up Trains Summer 1948

Destination

Down Trains Summer 1948

Destination

6.58am

Manchester Central

7.30am

Southport Lord Street

7.40am

Hunts Cross

11.05am

Southport Lord Street

8.08am

Liverpool Central

12.34pm

Terminating train from Liverpool

8.13am

Manchester Central

12.50pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

8.33am

Warrington Central

12.55pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Southport Lord Street

8.39am

Liverpool Central

1.10pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

9.02am

Liverpool Central

2.06pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

11.35am

Hunts Cross

4.00pm

Southport Lord Street

1.22pm

Warrington Central

5.45pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Southport Lord Street

1.35pm

Liverpool Central

6.02pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Southport Lord Street

6.13pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

6.09pm (Saturdays Only)

Southport Lord Street

6.23pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

6.29pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Aintree

8.10pm

Garston

6.58pm

Southport Lord Street

9.08pm (Saturdays Only)

Warrington Central

8.17pm

Terminating train from Liverpool

9.11pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Hunts Cross

9.54pm (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

By the summer of 1957, after the line between Aintree and Southport Lord Street had closed, the service had been reduced to only four up and three down trains Monday-to-Friday as shown in the table below. On Saturdays there was an additional up train.

Up Trains Summer 1957

Destination

Down Trains Summer 1957

Destination

6.56am

Manchester Central

12.32pm

Terminating train from Liverpool Central

8.01am

Manchester Central

12.47pm (Saturdays Only)

Aintree Central

8.27am

Warrington Central

1.02pm (Saturdays Only)

Aintree Central

8.35am

Liverpool Central

2.03pm (Saturdays Only)

Aintree Central

1.39pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

5.50pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Aintree Central

6.01pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Aintree Central

6.25pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Aintree Central

6.38pm (Saturdays Excepted)

Terminating train from Liverpool Central

With the last up departure being at 8.35am and the first Monday to Friday down departure being at 5.50pm the service was next to useless for anything other than work journeys. It came as little surprise when British Railways proposed the withdrawal of the service between Gateacre and Aintree in 1960. The last regular passenger trains to run north of Gateacre did so on Saturday 5 November 1960.

After the loss of the Aintree service the situation improved at Gateacre the April 1966 timetable showed nineteen trains to, and seventeen trains from Liverpool Central and one from Hunts Cross Mondays-to-Fridays as shown in the table below.

Departures April 1966

To

Arrivals April 1966

From

6.30

Liverpool Central

7.00

Liverpool Central

7.05

Liverpool Central

8.11

Hunts Cross

8.15

Liverpool Central

9.00 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

9.43

Liverpool Central

9.15 (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

10.43

Liverpool Central

10.05

Liverpool Central

11.43

Liverpool Central

11.05

Liverpool Central

12.09 (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

12.05

Liverpool Central

12.25 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

12.25 (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

12.44 (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

13.05

Liverpool Central

13.43

Liverpool Central

14.05

Liverpool Central

14.43

Liverpool Central

15.05

Liverpool Central

15.43

Liverpool Central

16.05

Liverpool Central

16.43

Liverpool Central

17.00 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

17.03 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

17.40 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

17.43

Liverpool Central

17.55 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

18.20 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

18.05 (Saturdays Only)

Liverpool Central

18.43

Liverpool Central

18.14 (Saturdays Excepted)

Liverpool Central

19.43

Liverpool Central

19.05

Liverpool Central

20.43

Liverpool Central

20.05

Liverpool Central

21.43

Liverpool Central

21.05

Liverpool Central

22.13

Liverpool Central

22.05

Liverpool Central

The Liverpool Central – Gateacre service was withdrawn after the last train had run on 15 April 1972.

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[Source: Paul Wright]



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