Railway memories; 'LOST' PHOTOS SHOW HOW THE DOCKERS UMBRELLA USED TO BE.
Byline: MARK HOOKHAM
AT THE turn of the century, a unique feat of engineering made Liverpool docks the envy of the world.
Now, 46 years after its demolition, photos and documents have been found that bring to life the dockside overhead railway line - the "dockers' umbrella."
Two suitcases of photos, engineering blueprints, staff ledgers and letters were recently donated to the Liverpool Record Office by David Rostron, son of the last manager of the Liverpool Overhead Railway The Liverpool Overhead Railway (known locally as the Dockers' Umbrella) in Liverpool, England, opened on February 4 1893. It had first been proposed in 1852, and construction began in 1889. It ran from Seaforth Carriage Shed to Herculaneum Dock, a distance of six miles. Company, Harry Maxwell Rostron.
The records have lain hidden in the loft of Mr Rostron's house in Crosby for nearly half a century.
Archivists at the record office in the Central Library on William Brown Street William Brown Street in Liverpool, England is a road that gives its name to the William Brown Street conservation area. It is remarkable for its concentration of public buildings. called the find "an absolute gem".
Built at the peak of Liverpool's economic growth, the overhead railway was the world's first elevated electrical railway.
The first section was built between Alexandra Dock The Alexandra Dock is a dock, on the River Mersey and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the northern end of the dock system, connected to Hornby Dock to the north and Langton Dock to the south. It opened in 1881. External links
At the railway's peak in 1919, there were more than 22 million passenger journeys a year and trains ran once every six minutes.
Harry Rostron took over management in 1943 after it had sustained severe damage from German bombing and it was his task to get the trains running again.
David Rostron, 82, has clear memories of the family's move from Southampton when his father took up his job.
He said: "The railway company was never particularly wealthy and my father had to struggle to find enough money to keep it going."
Archivist ARCHIVIST. One to whose care the archives have been confided. Carol Tanner said:
"There are some great aerial views and a number of pictures showing bomb damage.
"There is full detail of all the young men who decided to leave their jobs and join the army at the start of World War 1."
Pat Moran Patrick Joseph Moran (February 7, 1876 – March 7, 1924) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. As a manager, he led two teams to their first-ever modern-era National League championships: the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1919 Cincinnati Reds. , chairman of Merseyside Civic Society, said: "The railway was part of a plan that would have seen elevated railways run through the city centre.
"Unfortunately, money ran out and the more limited Seaforth to Dingle route was built."
MEMORIES: David Rostron EMPTY SEATS: A sparsely-populated third-class carriage OVERVIEW: Archivist Carol Tanner with a poster showing the railway running near docks teeming teem 1
v. teemed, teem·ing, teems
1. To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
2. with liners TOP NOTCH: The scene in a first-class overhead railway carriage BLITZED blitzed
Drunk or intoxicated. : The bomb-damaged scene by the overhead railway with the Liver Building and tunnel air vent behind