AGM: Transport Curiosities and Relics in the North West

Dr Angus McDougall
21st September 2016, 6:30pm

*AGM starts at 6.30pm before the lecture*


Many sites in the North West (Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria) have fascinating transport curiosities.  One can also find interesting transport relics, and there are many others which are no longer in existence.   This presentation will try to illustrate some of these, both those still existing and those no longer to be seen.  Where possible some brief background information will be given. “Transport” will mostly involve railways, but other transport (even airways and roads) may be included.

Examples will be taken from railway-related buildings in Manchester City Centre, some sites in Liverpool, the Anderton canal lift, some relics in Barrow-in-Furness, the hotel and former station in Morecambe and several others.


About the Speaker

Angus McDougall was born within sound if not sight of a railway; this was the former Midland Railway line from Nottingham to Melton Mowbray, which carried almost all expresses to London St Pancras.  It was undoubtedly this experience (and the influence of an older brother, also an enthusiast) that initiated a lifelong interest in railways, and, later, other forms of transport.

Except in his earliest years (when he, like many boys of his age, collected engine numbers), Angus did not have a great interest in locomotives, but was more keen on the history and geography of the railway.  He has been preparing a list of line closures in the UK and Ireland for several years, a task that will never be complete, since much information is not properly recorded or has been lost.

His enthusiasm has not been confined to Britain; so far he has visited about 53 foreign countries.  Of the 53, two have no railways, one only now has a restored heritage line and four do not operate their own trains.  In all the others, except two (Dubai and Indonesia), he has ridden on trains, and taken many photographs.

After leaving Oxford with a DPhil, Angus spent two years doing post-doctoral research at Cornell University in the United States before arriving in the Chemistry Department at what later became UMIST.  His interests there were in the field of solution physical chemistry.