The Liverpool Overhead Railway was the first electric elevated railway in the world.
It was built in 1893 to ease congestion along seven miles of Liverpool's docks. It was also marketed as a tourist attraction as it provided amazing views of the docks, shipping and transatlantic liners on the River Mersey. It was fondly known as the 'dockers' umbrella' as it also provided shelter from the rain.
A full-time maintenance team was employed solely for the Overhead Railway, but struggled to keep up with repairs, and costs began to rise steeply during the 1950s. In 1955, a survey discovered that repairs would be necessary in five years at a cost of £2 million.
A number of attempts to rescue the railway and arrange a takeover took place over the next year but were ultimately unsuccessful.
Despite public protest, the line was closed on the evening of 30 December 1956.
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