Watercolour, Liverpool Overhead Railway

Contributed by Biggles

Watercolour, Liverpool Overhead Railway

A water colour of The famous Liverpool Overhead Railway ran the full length of the docks from Dingle to Seaforth. It was originally built to transport dockers & goods up & down the line but eventually became a truly amazing tourist attraction at a time when Liverpool was a world leading sea port. It was nicknamed "The Dockers Umbrella" & to ride it was to experience the sights, sounds & smells of an incredible panoply of ships & boats of all sizes being loaded or unloaded. Ferries & ships docking & berthing, men scurrying to & fro, working hard but enjoying typical Scouse banter. In those days the Mersey river carried a large amount of traffic. It was so exciting to ride the railway in the small primitive carriages past Albert dock & the Liver building (mythical birds atop) & gawk at the passenger liners & cargo ships as they came & went. Every dock was packed bringing in grain, cotton, sugar, machinery and thousands of other commodities from all over the world. No wonder Liverpudlians have a strong sense of pride in their city as it was so important at the time for the prosperity of the northwest & indeed England as a whole.

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  • 1. At 16:57 on 31 December 2012, Hilary W Williams wrote:

    I have a copy of this, from about 1979. It's looking very faded and I'd like to see if I can get another copy. Can anyone help? I've tried googling Rob Ball but can't find anything. Thanks. Hilary

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