13th April 1985

R.C.T.S. / L.C.G.B.
The Class 503 Farewell Railtour

Units Used 1937 built : 28680+29710+29279 & 29289+29720+28690
1956 built : 28371+29843+29140 & 29141+29836+28394

Route (trains 1L01 & 1L02) :

1L01 1L02 Route
EMU EMU
1937 stock 1956 stock Rock Ferry - Liverpool Lime Street - Birkenhead - West Kirby
1937 stock 1956 stock West Kirby - Birkenhead - James Street - Liverpool Central
1937 stock 1956 stock Liverpool Central - Ormskirk
1937 stock 1956 stock Ormskirk - Liverpool Central - Hunts Cross
1937 stock 1956 stock Hunts Cross - Liverpool Central - Southport
1956 stock 1937 stock Southport - Sandhills Reversing Siding
1956 stock 1937 stock Sandhills Reversing Siding - Kirkby
1956 stock 1937 stock Kirkby - Liverpool Central
1956 stock 1937 stock Liverpool Central - James Street - New Brighton
1956 stock 1937 stock New Brighton - Liverpool Lime Street - Rock Ferry

Notes :
(1) This farewell to the class 503 EMU ran as two trains (one using 1937-built vintage stock and the other using 1956-built stock) and both traversed the exact same route a mere 15 minutes apart. 1L01 was formed of the 1937 units from Rock Ferry to Southport then the passengers swapped onto the 1956 built units for the remainder of the tour. 1L02 was formed of the 1956 units from Rock Ferry to Southport then the passengers swapped onto the 1937 built units for the remainder of the tour. 1L02 returned to Rock Ferry last and hence the era of the class 503 EMU was closed with a train of 1937 built vehicles being the last carrying passengers.

Source : Gary Thornton (on train 1L02 throughout)

Photo Review

Ticket to follow soon! Two tour tickets were in use:
the main train ticket (left) and that
to access Southport Museum right


1956 stock, left, and 1937 stock at Southport (photo: Gary Thornton)


Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gary Thornton, Howard Harrison & Alan Osborn)

Miles Location Booked (1L01) Actual (1L01)   Booked (1L02) Actual (1L02)
0 Rock Ferry 11.14d 11.15   11.29d 11.31
? Hamilton Square 11/19 11/19   11/34 ?
? James Street 11/22 11/21   11/37 ?
? Moorfields 11/23 11/22   11/38 ?
3 Liverpool Lime Street 11.25a ~ 11.25d 11.25 ~ 11.26   11.40a ~ 11.40d 11.43 ~ 11.45
? James Street 11/29 11/30   11/44 ?
? Hamilton Square 11/32 11/32   11/47 ?
? Birkenhead North 11/37 11/38   11/52 ?
? Bidston 11/40 11/40   11/55 ?
14 West Kirby 11.51a ~ 11.56d 11.55 ~ 11.59   12.06a ~ 12.11d 12.12 ~ 12.15
15 Hoylake 11p59a ~ 12p05d 12.02 ~ 12.07   12p14a ~ 12p20d 12.18 ~ 12.25
? Bidston 12/11 12/12   12/26 ?
? Bidston East Jn 12/16 12/17   12/31 ?
? Birkenhead North 12/18 12/18   12/33 ?
? Hamilton Square 12/23 12/25   12/38 ?
? James Street 12/26 12.27 ~ 12.28   12/41 12.41a~ 12.46
? Paradise Jn 12/29 12/30   12/49 ?
25 Liverpool Central 12.32a ~ 12.36d 12.32 ~ 12.37   12.52a ~ 12.56d 12.53 ~ 12.57
? Sandhills 12/40 12/41   13/00 ?
? Walton Jn 12/45 12/44   13/05 ?
37 Ormskirk 12.56a ~ 13.00d 12.58 ~ 13.02   13.16a ~ 13.20d 13.20 ~ 13.25
? Walton Jn 13/14 13/16   13/34 ?
? Sandhills 13/17 13/19   13/37 ?
50 Liverpool Central 13/22 13/23   13/42 13/43
57 Hunts Cross 13.32a ~ 13.36d 13.32 ~ 13.38   13.52a ~ 13.56d 13.59 ~ 14.04
65 Liverpool Central 13/50 13/52   14/10 14/15
? Sandhills 13/56 13/56   14/16 ?
? Bootle Jn 14/02 13/58   14/20 ?
? Waterloo 14/06 14/04   14/24 ?
? Hall Road 14/12 14/08   14/30 ?
? Formby 14/17 14/15   14/35 ?
? Freshfield 14/19 14.17 ~ 14.18   14/36 ?
? Ainsdale 14/24 14/23   14/41 ?
? Birkdale 14/27 14/27   14/44 ?
84 Southport 14.33a ~ 15.25d 14.30 ~ 15.25   14.48a ~ 15.40d 14.55 ~ 15.41
? Ainsdale 15/31 15/32   15/46 ?
? Formby 15/37 15/37   15/52 ?
? Hall Road 15/43 15/42   15/58 ?
97 Waterloo 15/47 15.46 ~ 15.47   16/02 16.02 ~ 16.03
? Bootle Jn 15/50 15/50   16/05 ?
? Sandhills 15/55 15.53 ~ 15.55   16/08 ?
100 Sandhills Reversing Siding 15.56 ~ 16.00 15.56 ~ 15.57   15.09 ~ 16.15 16.12 ~ 16.17
? Sandhills 16/00 15.58 ~ 16.00   16/15 ?
? Walton Jn 16/05 16.03 ~ 16.06   16/20 ?
? Rice Lane ??/?? 16p08a ~ 16p14d   ??/?? ?
104 Fazakerley 16p07a ~ 16p15d 16/16   16p22a ~ 16p37d 16.37 ~ 16.43
106 Kirkby 16.18a ~ 16.21d 16.20 ~ 16.23   16.38a ~ 16.41d 16.46 ~ 19.50
? Fazakerley 16/24 16/26   16/44 ?
? Walton Jn 16/26 16/28   16/50 ?
? Sandhills 16/30 16.35 ~ 16.37   16/55 ?
113 Liverpool Central 16.35a ~ 16.40d 16.42 ~ 16.45   17.00a ~ 17.04d 17.06 ~ 17.08
? Paradise Jn 16/42 16/46   17/06 ?
114 James Street 16/46 16/48   17/11 17.10  ~ 17.11
? Birkenhead North 16/51 16/55   17/16 ?
? Bidston East Jn 16/59 16/58   17/17 ?
120 New Brighton 17.05a ~ 17.14d 17.03 ~ 17.15   17.23a ~ 17.29d 17.24 ~ 17.34
? Bidston East Jn 17/19 17/20   17/34 ?
? Birkenhead North 17/20 17/21   17/35 ?
? Hamilton Square 17/28 17/26   17/43 ?
? Liverpool Lime Street 17.34a ~ 17.34d 17.31 ~ 17.34   17.49a ~ 17.49d ?
? Hamilton Square 17/40 17/39   17/55 ?
? Birkenhead Central 17/42 17/40   17/57 ?
? Rock Ferry 17.46a 17.45   18.01a 18.09


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