One important section, the North Staffordshire Railway, which opened its line in 1848 from Macclesfield (connecting with the LNWR from Manchester) via Stoke-on-Trent to Norton Bridge and Colwich, also remained independent until the forced amalgamations of 1922.
Following amalgamation, in 1922, Following amalgamation, in 1922, the line became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS).
My grandmother would take me to Bank Quay and when his train came in Id get on and do 2 or 3 trips with him sitting along side him in the drivers compartment.
Later he moved on to shunters at Froghall Lane, Walton Old Junction and Arpley sidings.
These lines, together with the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the Northern Union Railway and the Manchester and Birmingham Railway amalgamated in 1846 to form the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).
North of Carlisle, the Caledonian Railway remained independent and opened its mainline to Beattock in September 1847, to Edinburgh in February 1848 and to Glasgow in November 1849.
Paul has kindly supplied these two photos taken around the 1980s.
I also remember as a small boy standing with my mother and/or my grandmother at a bus stop on the town centre side of Central station bridge and regularly seeing a steam engine, normally a Black 5, stabled behind the station wall where Midland Way runs now.
This would be achieved through increasing the line speed to 225 km/h (140 mph), in place of the previous maximum of 175 km/h (110 mph).The Dallam shed 8B building still exists to this day, but looks very different.It now houses the engineering firm Clarcor UK, who took over the former Locker Air Maze company in 2002.In 1947, following nationalisation, it came under control of British Railways London Midland and Scottish Regions.This is when the term "West Coast Main Line" officially came into use, although the term is something of a misnomer given that the line only runs along the coast on a brief section overlooking Morecambe Bay just north of Lancaster.