Wednesday, 27 June 2012

I would like to now draw my attention to the personnel that used to work at Liverpool Railway Station.

I have been able to source from the Council publication, Liverpool 1810-1939, an extract that stated that a Mr G Mitchell worked as the SM from 1926 to 1939,

In my conversations with the then Head Shunter, Bill Leroy, who worked in Liverpool from approx 1961 to 1981, as shown below on the footplate of a 48 class,

he stated that the SM prior to taking up his position was Mr W. Grainger and that after approx 1961 was a Mr Burt Crampton (open for correction). However, from the Liverpool Leader, 27th October 1965, page 1, it states that a Mr A Krempin was the SM.

Bill had a reunion with former railwaymen some time ago and was able to provide these photos,

Gerry in uniform
Bill with 2 other Liverpool railwaymen

100th Birthday of former SM

In the Liverpool Leader, 26th May 1965, page 22, it states the following, 

It appears that Mr Bert Stanley's father, Mr J Stanley, worked in the Liverpool Per Way Gang with Mr J O'Grady and Mr B Smith, and that Mr J Stanley's daughters, Grace, Kate and Mary worked the Hospital  level crossing, that existed across the Up and Down Main Line.

In the Liverpool Leader, 21st Dec 1964, page 12, it states the following:

 It appears that the late Mr A Loftus was a previous SM of Liverpool as well.

I would be interested to hear from fellow railwaymen that worked in Liverpool.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Well after an exhaustive search in the State Library I have discovered that the Station Master's House was demolished just prior to the extension of electrification from Liverpool to Campbelltown in May 1968. In the back of my mind, as I was reading the old Liverpool Leader's on microfilm, I was getting that impression.

In the early 1960's, Liverpool Council were agitating the NSW Railways to clean up the area behind and around the SM's House, as it contained a timberyard and a metal scrapyard. The Councillors complained that the area were an unsightly mess and it represented a poor display for a growing city. There were also plans to refurbish the station area, including building a shopping centre over the station, similar to Hurstville, and a hotel and retail development, but these didnt come to fruition.

It wasnt until the late 1960's, when the Railways proceeded to electrify the line to Glenlee, that they decided that it was an opportunistic time to refurbish the station, along with other railway stations along the line, including Campbelltown Station. Stocks and Holdings were the succesful tender for Liverpool Station, which included the construction of some retail shops, a new bus terminal and taxi rank (this meant that the area immediately in front of the station entrance with the nice gardens were dug up and replaced with asphalt). It also meant that the SM"s House at Liverpool would be demolished, to clean up the area. The Council also wanted more parking spaces for cars, in the vicinity of the former timberyard and scrapyard, but they were unsuccessful on this front in 1968. It wouldnt be until 1980/81 that they would be successful in cementing this area for a car park. In respect of train services, these were normally provided by a 30 class tank loco and end- platform cars. As it was progessing towards 1968, services were often supplemented by a 620/720 railmotor. Steam services ceased in 1968 from Liverpool to Campbelltown.

However, I have found that the local Council were then not satisfied with the new Timetable when introduced in 1968, as they discovered that the travel times from Liverpool to the City, didnt improve at all. They were forever complaining to the then Transport Minister, Milton Morris, for appropriate action.
I attach some photos for your perusal.

Liverpool in 1935

Liverpool Leader, 13th March 1968, pg 11


Aerial Photo of Demolished SM's House