||West Kirby had two stations, the Wirral
Railway and the London North Western and Great Western Railways. These
two stations remained separate and although a plan to build a new
combined station in the 1930s was proposed, in fact only the Wirral line
station was rebuilt. This layout under construction at Merseyside Model
Railway Society aims to recreate the joint line station until its
closure in 1962, when services from Hooton were withdrawn.
The train line from Hooton to West Kirby was a single track. At the
terminus in West Kirby there were facilities for watering and a passing
loop existed, along with a turntable. Although a ‘terminus’ the line
continued beyond the station to the North and made a connection with the
Wirral Railway. This allowed a good network for transferring goods
between the two railways.
West Kirby’s joint station was opened on 19th April 1886. It was the
Great Western and London North Western Railways’ extension to the 1866
branch line from Parkgate. The extension ran from Parkgate through
Heswall, Thurstaston and Caldy, terminating at West Kirby.
In 1923 the London Midland and Scottish Railway became the joint partner
with the Great Western Railway but very little changed and service
patterns remained constant. As the LMS had taken over the Wirral Railway
consideration was given to the idea of building a new station at West
Kirby which could accommodate both lines. This potential plan never
As a second stage the layout will include a construction/ model
representation of the 1930s combined station which was never built. No
plans exist for this; however the present LMS-built stations at West
Kirby and Hoylake will provide inspiration through the design and style.
The choice of a period and the choice of a joint line allow us to have a
wide choice of locomotives and rolling stock. For the second stage we
will have to build electric stock as no models exist.
The joint line station fits onto a baseboard measuring 12ft by 2ft plus
a fiddleyard at one end. When the second stage is added it will create a
layout 12ft by 4ft with fiddleyard at both ends.
The layout is built in EM gauge, the base made of blue installation foam
in order to make it lightweight and portable. The boards are bonded to
3mm ply sides and 9mm ends, metal dowelled and bolted together and
supported by simple lightweight trestles.