Since I started the blog in January I have been an advocate of educational and historic contributions in addition to more modern, photography-based content. We have included several posts depicting the demise of steam in the 1960's and many examples covering dieselisation, electrification and preserved locos up to the present day. In this first September post (2nd September 2010) I am using pictures sent in by Dave Harris showing the Liverpool & Manchester Railway Huskisson Memorial, which of course, is on 'our patch'.2010 is the 180th anniversary year of the opening of the L&MR, the first, twin line passenger railway in the world. At its opening in September 1830, William Huskisson, the M.P. for Liverpool was knocked down at Parkside (Newton-le-Willows) by the 'Rocket' locomotive; he died as a result of his injuries. The site of the Memorial (many of you may have seen it) is close to where the original Parkside Station (1831 - 1839) was situated.
Dave's picture of the Memorial was taken ten years ago. A commemorative tablet which was vandalised and replaced with a copy, was included in the memorial. Another copy is on display at Newton-le-Willows Station - Dave's picture of this copy tablet is a recent one. The memorial has recently been tidied up and much vegetation removed to coincide with the anniversary.