[Source: Paul Wright]
Date opened: 12.6.1895
Location: Alongside dock on the west side of Bath Street
Company on opening: Mersey Docks & Harbour Board
Date closed to passengers: 25.2.1971
Date closed completely: 25.2.1971
Company on closing: Mersey Docks & Harbour Board
Present state: Demolished
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SJ337906
Date of visit: 1980's & 19.6.2005

Notes: Liverpool Riverside Station was opened by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board adjacent to their Princess Landing stage which was used by Trans Atlantic Liners that connected Liverpool to New York and other global destinations.

The Station was located at the end of a branch line that ran through the dock estate on tramway style lines and connected to the London North Western Railway (LNWR) at that companies Waterloo Goods station. From Waterloo Goods two tunnels ran up, at a very steep gradient, to Edge Hill were connections to the LNWR main line network could be made.

Liverpool Riverside station was provided with three platform faces. Two of which were formed out of an island platform. The station had an overall roof. The adjacent Princess Parade, the roadway on the west side of the station, was also covered so that passengers could proceed to the Ocean Liners without being exposed to the weather.

From the time of its opening Riverside Station was served by boat trains. The  LNWR American Specials were always treated as special arrivals at the station. Because of weight restrictions on the line through the Liverpool docks, the engines which worked the American Specials from Euston were detached at Edge Hill (and attached at Edge Hill in the up
direction) and two 'special tanks', rebuilt as side tanks and named 'Euston' and 'Liverpool', had to work the trains between Edge Hill and Riverside. This situation persisted until 1950 when bridge strengthening in the docks allowed mainline locomotives to reach the station.

The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board had hopped that both the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and the Cheshire lines Railway who both ran boat trains to Liverpool, would use Riverside. Due to the conditions imposed on train movements through the docks, trains had to move at walking pace, preceded by a man with a flag,  only the LNWR and its successors ever used the station for scheduled services.

During both World Wars Riverside station was extremely busy as it was used by troop trains from all over the Country.

The station was closed by accident on 21st October 1949 but it reopened on 27th March 1950. By the 1960s the trans Atlantic Liner trade had declined as Air travel became more popular. Riverside Station saw less and less use. It was very popular during the 1960s for railtours though. The last train to use the station was on the 25th February 1971. The train was a Troop Train that was run in connection with 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland.

The station was demolished in the early 1990s and the site is now occupied by new waterfront office accommodation. Some sections of the approach lines still survive but it is likely that they will be built over within a few years.

Ticket from Michael Stewart

Liverpool Riverside Station in 1945

A view from the Buffer Stops at Liverpool Riverside Station in c1950. The former LNWR tank engine No. 58928 seen in this view was one of two sister engines that was allocated to work trains between Riverside and Edge Hill. No. 58928 was built by the LNWR in 1888.
Photo from the Bob Webb collection

Looking north from the Buffer stops of Riverside Station in 1950. The stations three platforms can clearly be seen, platforms 2 and 3 being faces of an island platform.
Copyright photo from Stations UK

49173 Approaching Liverpool Riverside Station
Photo from Liverpool Locomotive Preservation Group

Liverpool Riverside Station in March 1971
Photo by John Wraithmell

Liverpool Riverside Station in the 1980's
hoto by Clive Hanley

The approach to Liverpool Riverside Station in November 1988
Photo by Michael Kaye

The approach to Liverpool Riverside Station in June 2005
hoto by Paul Wright


Liverpool Riverside

March 1971






Approach in

Station site in 2005

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[Source: Paul Wright]

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