Station Name: LANGTON DOCK

[Source: Paul Wright]



Date opened: By May 1896
Location: On the west side of Regent Road within the Dock Estate
Company on opening: Liverpool Overhead Railway
Date closed to passengers: 5.3.1906
Date closed completely: 5.3.1906
Company on closing: Liverpool Overhead Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ334948
Date of visit: 19.6.2005

Notes: The Liverpool Overhead Railway (LOR) opened on 6 March 1893 was an elevated railway track level being 16ft above the street. The line was carried on an iron deck supported on iron pillars. By the late 19th century the Liverpool dock system had become so congested that a passenger railway was required and the LOR was built to meet that need. From the start it was an electric railway using three coach electric multiple units that collected their current from a live rail laid in the centre of the running rails.

The line was an immediate success when it opened and it was not long before the first extensions were planned. The first was a northern extension to Seaforth Sands which opened on 30 April 1894.

Langton Dock station was not one of the original stations on the line opening by May 1906. It was on the west side of Regent Road on the east side of the dock system. In common with the other stations on the line it was elevated above the street and had the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board (MD&HB) railway running underneath. Passengers accessed the station by stairways. There were two platforms and shelters were provided on both. Ticket facilities were located on the platforms.

On 21 December 1896 the LOR opened a southern extension opened to the residential area of Dingle.From this date Langton Dock had a frequent service running between Seaforth Sands and Dingle.

On 2 July 1905 an extension was opened from Seaforth Sands to Seaforth & Litherland on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's (LYR) Liverpool and Southport line. From that date many northbound services ran through to the LYR station but Langton Dock was not served by them for long closing completely on 5 March 1906. Trains continued to pass through the station site until 30 December 1956 when the line was closed due to corrosion of the iron structure that carried it.

The LOR was demolished towards the end of 1957.

Click here for a brief history of the Liverpool Overhead Railway

Click here to see a selection of photos of the LOR by D J Norton

Route map drawn by Alan Young.

Sources:

To see the other stations on the Liverpool Overhead Railway click on the station name: Dingle, Herculaneum Dock, Toxteth Dock, Brunswick Dock, Wapping Dock, Canning, James Street, Pier Head, Princes Dock, Clarence Dock, Nelson Dock, Sandon Dock, Huskisson Dock, Canada Dock, Brockleband Dock, Alexandra Dock, Gladstone Dock & Seaforth Sands

The site of Langton Dock station looking north in 1980. The station was above the dock line that can be seen to the left. The class 40 locomotive was returning to the former LNWR Alexandra Dock goods station which is to the right.
Photo by P B Parker from the Kerry Parker Flickr photostream



Langton Dock station shown on a 1906 map. The Alexandra Dock LNWR station is seen on the east side of Regent Road.


The site of Langton Dock Station in June 2005. It ran from right to left across the picture in front of the dock buildings.
Photo by Paul Wright


The site of Langton Dock station looking south on 21 June 2011.
Photo by John Wilson

 

 

 

:[Source: Paul Wright]


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