SJ3779 : Eastham Oil Storage Depot

taken 7 years ago, near to Eastham, Wirral, Great Britain

Eastham Oil Storage Depot
Eastham Oil Storage Depot
The eastern edge of the depot seen from North Road. The disused railway branch line from Ellesmere Port can be seen crossing the road in the foreground.
Manchester Ship Canal Railway at Ellesmere Port :: SJ3977
According to John Eyres excellent former website 'Manchester Ship Canal and Mersey', the railway lines at Ellesmere Port were in full operation using MSC locomotives until 1996, with branches leading to several wharves and Eastham oil terminal. After 9 years of disuse a single line was reopened in 2005 to Manisty Wharf to handle coal imported to feed Fiddlers Ferry power station.
The branch to Eastham is now very overgrown but the majority of the line is still in place. It gives the impression that, after a little 'pruning' and checking of the rails, it could take trains again tomorrow. It is a great shame that Vauxhall do not use it to receive freight or transport finished cars as it is literally on their doorstep.
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SJ3779, 13 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 June, 2010
Category
Oil storage tanks   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3749 7976 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:18.6643N 2:56.3792W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 3750 7965
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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