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The Liverpool Overhead Railway – The Dockers’ Umbrella

THE Liverpool Overhead Railway was the world’s first electric elevated railway. Trains ran 16feet above round level. The railway was built along seven miles of busy docks, linking Seaforth Carriage Shed to Herculaneum Dock. It was opened by Marquis of Salisbury on 4 February 1893. The LOR was not long after extended to run between Seaforth Sands and Dingle.

The LOR was a technological marvel. The entire track bed was made of rolled steel sheets. This would stop litter falling down the cracks – a problem noted on New York’s Elevated Railroad. This meant the track sheltered everything below. Before long the LOR became known as the Docker’s Umbrella.

And then there was the power.

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Posted: 19th, March 2012 | In: Flashback | Comment