Liverpool Lime Street (LIV)

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line &
Local Lines)
Station code: LIV
Opened: 1836
Platforms: 9
Lime Street is Liverpool's oldest and largest station being the Liverpool end terminus of the West Coast Main Line. The first terminus was opened at Crown Street, Edge Hill in 1830 but was replaced by the much more central Lime Street a few years later. The station was opened by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1836 [1].

The station is down a fairly steep incline from Edge Hill (up to 1 in 83). Early steam locomotives were not powerful enough to handle such an incline meaning that early trains were rope hauled as far as Edge Hill until 1870. The approach to the station was cut into the bed rock, originally a tunnel but later on opened out to allow for more tracks and for smoke (and later fumes) to escape. The line was electrified in the early 1960s with electric services from Liverpool to Crewe starting in 1962 [2].

Over the station was built an arched roof in the 1860s to cover the concourse and most of the platform length. A second parallel roof was added in 1879.

An underground station was built at Lime Street in 1977 for the Wirral Line (Liverpool Lime Street Low Level). Liverpool Lime Street is a busy station with services by Northern, Virgin Trains West Coast, London Midland, East Midland Trains and Trans Pennine Express.
TPE 185 121

Northern 142 057 at the tail of a train departing the station

LM 350 123 and Northern 142 040 at the buffer stops on Platforms 8 and 9

A good view of the overall roof

A Northern Class 319 arrives

Northern 319 377 at rest

[1] Jonathan Cadwallader & Martin Jenkins, Merseyside Electrics (Ian Allan, 2010) p. 54
[2] Ibid p. 56