An American Railroad in Birkenhead

The first railway under the River Mersey between Liverpool and the Wirral was operated by steam trains. The smoke and dirt from the engines could not be adequately removed from the tunnels by ventilation, so passengers preferred to use the ferries. As a result, the privately-owned railway company went bust. The trains were replaced by electric units, designed and partly built in America and the new, cleaner service started operating in 1903. Here we see one of the trains at the Park Station in Birkenhead.

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