Phil Quine has been in touch and has a query that perhaps one of you can answer? Whilst out for a walk recently, Phil took a couple of photos of this concrete ramp in Carterton Road on the Carr Lane estate. Coincidentally, my good mate Mike is the current occupant of the building at the top of the ramp – he runs his Wirral Vans business from there.
It’s my understanding that the ramp was once used by bin lorries – the lorries drove up and dumped their rubbish (in to what I’m not sure). But Phil wonders:
My belief is that it was used as an incline for railway wagons to dump their load either into lorries/carts or maybe into some sort of foundry? Having ‘Google Earthed’ the site, it would appear that the incline (ignoring the curve at the bottom obviously added in recent times) continues across Carr Lane and what appears to be a trackbed runs along the side one of one of the buildings on New Hall Lane. If you follow it on it then appears to cut across the 1939 Municipal Golf Course and joins the West Kirby line about half way between Hoylake and West Kirby
What more do you know? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts. And here is another photo for you, in case it helps: