Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows the lofty interior of Lime Street station in January 1967.

Going by the station clock on the left, it’s almost time for the 2.30pm London train to depart from Platform 7. Taxis have dropped off their passengers and cars have drawn right up to the carriages.

Opened in August 1936, Lime Street is the world’s oldest grand terminus mainline railway station. It formed the northern end of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company’s direct line to London Euston.

The spectacular northern arched train shed, designed by William Baker and Francis Stevenson, was completed in the late 1860s. At the time, it was the largest iron structure of its kind in the world with a span of 200 feet.

Lime Street Station 1967
Liverpool Lime Street Station 2017
A second parallel southern train shed, also designed by Stevenson, was added in 1879. Due to more advanced construction techniques, it is said that each bay only took three days to build.

Lime Street became the property of the London, Midland and Scottish railway (LMS) after the Railway Act of 1921. The first mail trains in the UK ran out of Lime Street between the wars.

Regular electric services were launched in 1962 and the first 100mph InterCity trains arrived in April 1966.

The station is much quieter now due to Covid restrictions. Hopefully it will be busy again soon when vaccines are rolled out and commuters and tourists are back on the scene.

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