New rails for old

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It comes to us all eventually, worn out, unfit for purpose and not conforming to specification. Such was the diagnosis for Merseyrail's Up line between Southport and Birkdale, the recommended treatment being wholesale renewal. Also on the hit list was replacement of the level crossing outside the clubhouse, or at least the parts at ground level.

So for nine days the line was closed and the big boys moved in with Class 66s, ballast wagons and other fancy stuff. And we did a bit of external building maintenance, but that's another story.