Station Name: SEFTON & MAGHULL

[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 1.9.1884
Location: On the south side of Sefton Lane (B5422)
Company on opening: Cheshire Lines Committee
Date closed to passengers: 7.1.1952
Date closed completely: 7.1.1952
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished - the site is occupied by an industrial estate
County: Lancashire
OS Grid Ref: SD365017
Date of visit: 27.12.2005

Notes: Opened as part of the Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway which ran between Aintree Central and Southport Lord Street in 1884 the station was named Sefton until 1886 when it became Sefton and Maghull.

The line was designed to give access to the lucrative holiday market at Southport as an alternative to the L&Y route. From the beginning the line was served by trains from Liverpool Central and from Manchester the former following a circuitous route that could not hope to compete with the direct Liverpool Exchange to Southport Chapel Street Route.

Sefton and Maghull had two platforms with a substantial brick built building on the southbound platform. A small shelter was provided for passengers traveling northbound.
The station closed to passengers on 1.1.1917 as a war time economy measure. It re-opened on 1.4.1919.

Sefton and Maghull Station did not survive long into the period of nationalization closing entirely on 7.1.1952. The line through the station survived for a further eight years to serve private sidings at Altcar and Hillhouse.

For stations on Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway click on the station name: Southport Lord Street, Birkdale Palace, Ainsdale Beach, Woodvale, Mossbridge, Altcar & Hillhouse, Lydiate & Aintree Central

Sefton & Maghull Station looking southeast in 1930

Former LNER D9 no. 62303 leaving Sefton & Maghull Station on a Southport Lord Street to Liverpool Central stopping train in December 1949

Sefton & Maghull station in 1965.
Photo by Keith Rose

The site of Sefton & Maghull Station in December 2005;
taken from the same viewpoint as the picture above
hoto by Paul Wright




[Source: Paul Wright]

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