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Southport Pier

Postby piermaster » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:37 pm

Hi Team,


I was 'Oop Nawth' on business last week and arrived early enough to spend a couple of hours to visit Southport Pier for the first time and to ride the one pier railway left on my list!!!

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At the shore end.

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The 3ft 6ins gauge 2-car battery unit was built by UK Loco Ltd in 2005.


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The doorless side of the tram at the pier head alongside two road train cars.

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Pier head buffer stop and charging point, the tram's batteries are overnight charged every 3 days.

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View along all 1216 yards (1112 metres) of Southport Pier.

And finally......

No visit to Southport is complete without a view of the 15" gauge Lakeside Miniature Railway:

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No. 3 'Jenny' on a works train.

Enjoy!!
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby thebritfarmer » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:30 pm

That's not up North !!!! :lol: :lol:

Looks like a nice place to visit though.
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby 6C » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:19 pm

thebritfarmer wrote:That's not up North !!!! :lol: :lol:


Well - it is officially North West but that takes in Cheshire right up to Carlisle.

They will talk posher in Southport too - more like 'Up Nooorth' :lol:

I believe they have located the centre of England in in South Derbyshire - Southport a good 50 miles north of that.... :wink:
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby Pug » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:02 pm

When I were a lad, and at school [with "Ethelred the Unready", or "Ethelred the Unsteady", as he became known as, when he discovered beer], they used to say that Meriden, in Warwickshire, was the centre of England.

There is a Memorial there, I think.

And the centre of the UK is, I think, said to be somewhere near the Forest of Bowland.

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby piermaster » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:07 pm

Can we get back to the subject please?

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:28 pm

Did you get a chance to look at the trams? I remember them being built, there was a suggestion at the time that as the pier track is dead straight there would be no need for bogies just bolt the axles to the underframe.
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby piermaster » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:47 pm

Can't see much of the tram's running gear, but judging by the wheel noise, they sit on 4-wheeled bogies/trucks - I use the term loosely for although the track is straight, it's far from level, especially climbing over and dropping down from the bridge over Marine Parade. A bit like a yard hump!!

Therefore there must be some lateral movement in the wheelsets to take this 'hump'.

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby tornado64 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:23 pm

what is the connection between Southport and Paris ??

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:27 pm

The layout of the boulevards in Paris was inspired by the layout of Southport!
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby tornado64 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:29 am

correct napoleon the III stayed in southport and took the design back to paris

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby piermaster » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:20 pm

Closed earlier this month due high maintenance costs and council cut backs. The car is currently locked up at the pier head pending removal for scrap, it saw less than 10 years service.

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:57 pm

Why is the first reaction of local authorities to scrap/dispose of anything they temporarily can't afford to run?
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby glencairn » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:00 pm

Bufferstop wrote:Why is the first reaction of local authorities to scrap/dispose of anything they temporarily can't afford to run?


It is going to be replaced by a trackless land train :o

What links Southport beach and Glencairn? Glencairn played on Southport beach when he was five years of age :D :D

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Re: Southport Pier

Postby Lancastrian » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:14 pm

Did you manage to visit the G scale model railway village?

http://www.southportmodelrailwayvillage.co.uk/gallery/
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Re: Southport Pier

Postby 6C » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:52 am

Bufferstop wrote:Why is the first reaction of local authorities to scrap/dispose of anything they temporarily can't afford to run?

Simple answer - that can be extrapolated to any question - if the politician responsible isn't interested the said item will go under - (see also under Wirral MBC - on libraries - where the so-called leader said in 2011 - 'I don't read books - so I don't care about libraries')....

They always seem to find the readies for 'pet' projects though that they are interested in - e.g. the WMBC Mayor (same person as above) - wants Wirral to becomes - 'the Golf peninsula' - I ask you...
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