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The Ruby Shoesday Railtour - 28th October 2018

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The ECS arrives into Hooton for the tour.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Route

Birkenhead Central heading for Liverpool with the disused carriage shed on the far right and (still live and in use) Siding No1 between it and the platform (right).<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

A very suspicious looking group of people was encountered at Liverpool Lime Street (deep level). Note that the train is shown as for Hooton via Hunts Cross, Rice Lane etc....<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

West Kirby siding No2.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

A 'close up' of West Kirby siding No2 - the window was remarkably clean.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Birkenhead North EMU Depot, Road 4 the 'non-keen' end of the train.<br>[© Merseyrail staff 2018]

On the way to New Brighton.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

New Brighton with the route set deliberately to drive passengers up the Wall... (Siding), far right.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Hunts Cross, P2 which is rarely used by an EMU, they normally terminate in bay P3 (off picture left).<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Ml 714<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

A future BBC News reader in the making, Ruby reads out the 40 winning raffle numbers.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

An interesting light effect betwwen two of the St James Tunnels (there are four); of note the other track is at a significantly lower level.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Going through Kirkdale Depot Washer.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Merseyrail staff with Merseyside & Cheshire Bloodbikes volunteers; even Mr Brawn is smiling.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Southport, Birkdale Carriage Siding No4 is left, the tour is on a very rusty section of Siding No3 with ECS (right) on Stabling Siding No10 (the point joining the two is OOU). Taken by Meresyrail staff.<br>[&copy; Merseyrail staff 2018]

Merseyrail staff with Merseyside & Cheshire Bloodbikes volunteers at Southport station again.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

James Street P2 with the star of the day - Ruby; the lights rotate between various colours.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2018]

Held on the Holding Siding/Stock Interchange line with the terminal 'Stabling Siding' right (done earlier in the tour). After the two join they lead in to James Street P2 (on the right round the corner). Both were original passenger lines for the Mersey Electrics from/to Liverpool Central Low Level and this is original tunnel. Ahead the end of the unidirectional Liverpool Loop comes alongside through James Street P3 becoming the Down West Kirby line.<br>[&copy; Paul Steane 2018]