Thursday, 2 August 2012
Liverpool Central Station
The original station, which was a large above ground terminal station, opened on 2 March 1874, at the end of the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) line to Manchester Central. The three-storey building fronted Ranelagh Street in the city centre, with a 65 feet (20 m) high, arched shed behind. There were 6 platforms within the station, offering journeys to Manchester Central (in 45 minutes, making the route the quickest and most direct between Liverpool and Manchester), London St. Pancras, Hull, Harwich, Stockport, Southport and an alternative London route to that of the Midland Railway terminating at London Marlebone. In 1966, most services on the CLC route were diverted to Liverpool Lime Street and the building demolished.
Lowry would have passed through this station as the Lower Central Station was part of the Mersey Railways, which connected the Wirral to Liverpool via an underground link under the River Mersey.
Lowry notes the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) timetables in his short story 'Goya The Obscure' (Pg. 275). This most likely was noted at Liverpool Central Station where the L.N.E.R. operated)