Merseyrail Electric

Author(s): Martyn Hilbert 

ISBN: 9781781555132
£10.49 £14.99
Scenes from the busy third rail suburban network serving a famous and diverse part of north-west England.
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  • A unique photographic journey across the network with unpublished colour images
  • An in-depth look at the system and rolling stock past, present and future
  • Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller

Serving a diverse and famous part of north-west England, this is a detailed look at this busy and often ignored suburban railway network that has become a Merseyside institution. The self-contained electrified network has seventy-five route miles, serving the county of Merseyside, the Wirral, West Lancashire and part of Cheshire, providing safe and efficient transportation for over 100,00 passengers daily.

The system operates some of the oldest trains in daily use on the UK mainland network, yet is one of the best performing operators in the country consistently achieving high passenger satisfaction figures. With scenes from the network past and present, a photographic journey is undertaken illustrating not only the changes to the rolling stock, but also showing the infrastructure and varied landscape that provides a backdrop to the frequent and well-patronised services.

Complete with a history of how the network has developed from the early 1970s with colour illustrations throughout, Merseyrail Electric includes a route map and current fleet list.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555132
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 152 colour photographs



An avid railway enthusiast and photographer, Martyn Hilbert has spent much time and effort travelling on and recording the changing scene on the UK network since the mid-1970s. The Merseyrail Electric system has always been a particular favourite. Hilbert has been fortunate to have amassed a personal archive of notes, colour transparencies and digital images. Having had occasional photographs and articles published in various railway periodicals and publications over the years, this is his first book.