Birkenhead’s Old Railway Network Complete

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Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with the old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t used to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. Now we have reached the final piece of the jigsaw; the branch line to Seacombe Ferry Terminal. The last few years we have been researching just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and the state of any remaining infrastructure today.

Jammy Toast Dogs #19

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Unfortunately, we don’t have any photographs of Tipsey but this is pretty much how he looked.

Ihave mentioned before that I have dropped a little faut pas with this column because as well as all the dogs we have had over the years, we have also had some cats. When I decided to call this series of posts “Jammy Toast Dogs”, I had forgotten that Davidd and I also had some very interesting cats over the years who you also might like to hear about – Tipsy was the first. Tipsy was a pretty average looking cat – he was tabby and white in colour but wasn’t that keen on cleaning himself. Most of the time the white part of him was more grey than white. I have no idea where we got him from, he just appeared one day and never left. He adopted us rather than the other way around.

Wirral’s Old Railway Stations #11

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Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with the old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t use to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued on from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. We have recently been researching (a big thanks to the Disused Stations website for much of the information!) just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and also the state of any remaining sites today. The whole subject is a fascinating insight into a past age of steam which has interested people for many years

Wirral’s Old Railway Stations #10

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Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with the old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t use to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued on from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. We have recently been researching (a big thanks to the Disused Stations website for much of the information!) just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and also the state of any remaining sites today. The whole subject is a fascinating insight into a past age of steam which has interested people for many years

Jammy Toast Dogs #18

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Last time I said I would tell you the tale of Duke and his training classes. We had always had it easy with Max because he was a natural and always wanted to please us. The easiest dogs to train are dogs who love to please their owners. Everything we tried to train Max he got in no time because he was so eager to please. He loved to be praised and the attention that brought him. Duke was the complete opposite. He couldn’t give a darn about anything and was that laid back he was almost horizontal. I think I have told you before that he is the only German Shepherd in the history of dogs to be chased by two Miniature Yorkshire Terriers. The sight of him running for his life being chased by two dogs who hardly came up to his knees entertained the whole of New Brighton Beach and had the whole place in uproar laughing at him. That just sums up Duke’s personality.

Wirral’s Old Railway Stations #9

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Here at Jammy Toast we have always had a fascination with the old railway lines and stations that abound around the Wirral. For example, did you know that the West Kirby line didn’t use to end at West Kirby but instead continued round and joined up with Hooton Station? There was also a line that continued on from Rock Ferry that went down to Monks Ferry and on to a station down at Woodside. We have recently been researching (a big thanks to the Disused Stations website for much of the information!) just where all these lines and stations were situated, when they opened and closed and also the state of any remaining sites today. The whole subject is a fascinating insight into a past age of steam which has interested people for many years

Jammy Toast Dogs #17

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Ithink I mentioned in passing once before that Max went to see an animal behaviourist who tried to show him who was boss and he just took a chunk out of her finger showing her who was boss. Today, I thought I would tell you the full story because that really doesn’t do Elaine justice. As I have said before, we got Max as a puppy but just at the age when you are meant to socialise a dog with strangers and other dogs he broke a leg and spent six weeks staying in the house while his broken bone set. By this time Max was at an age where he had grown beyond puppyhood and because he hadn’t socialised was now quite intimidated by people and dogs he didn’t know. He was basically scared of everyone but quickly learnt that if he barked at people they were more scared of him than he was of them. So he barked and showed aggression to everyone he met so they would stay away from him.