View Full Version : Mayfield Station, Manchester. 9th April 2012

09-04-2012, 07:00 PM
Sorry about the crap photography, used auto settings as I struggle with manual settings in dark place and we didn't have a decent torch.
Visited with Ramaln and Kronos (non forum members). Almost lost my phone and did my usual trick of not charging either set of batteries the night before! :fail
Also had a mooch around the impressive Springfield Mill in Cheetam Hill but alas, no pictures...

For those who don't know the history, this is taken from Wikipedia;

Opened on 8 August 1910 by the London & North Western Railway, Manchester Mayfield was built alongside Manchester London Road station (later Piccadilly) to handle the increased number of trains and passengers following the opening of the Styal Line in 1909. It was connected to London Road via a high-level footbridge. It was mainly used by suburban services to the south of Manchester, but a number of main line services used it during busy periods.

Mayfield suffered the effects of bombing during World War II, when it was hit by a parachute mine. During the 1950s, the sole passenger usage consisted of the arrival of the Pines Express from Bournemouth West at about 5pm. It came into its own for a brief period during the electrification and modernisation of what was to become Piccadilly Station in the late 1950s, when many services were diverted to it after a restoration of sorts. It was closed to passengers on 28 August 1960.

The site was converted into a parcels depot which opened on 6 July 1970. Royal Mail constructed a sorting office on the opposite side of the main line and connected it to Mayfield with an overhead conveyor bridge which crosses the throat of Piccadilly Station. The depot closed in 1986 following the decision by Parcelforce, Royal Mail's parcels division, to abandon rail transport in favour of road haulage. The building has remained disused ever since, with the tracks into Mayfield removed in 1989 as part of the remodelling of the Piccadilly Station layout. The sorting office was briefly reused as an indoor karting track, but has now been rebuilt as the Square One development, prestige offices used by Network Rail; the parcel conveyor bridge was removed in 2003.










...and then the battery ran out! :D:

09-04-2012, 07:10 PM
i love this place - too bad about the battery - thanks for posting :)

09-04-2012, 07:19 PM
Yeah, shame! I like the ladder pic though!

mr beardy
09-04-2012, 07:32 PM
nice, don't know what you where worried about r kid

09-04-2012, 07:32 PM
Thanking you. Can't wait to go back, pictures don't do this place justice!#

Beardy- I'm using UrbEx for my college final project (just doing what I enjoy, as I'm not staying in art & design) so I like all the pictures the best quality I can manage...

mr beardy
09-04-2012, 07:40 PM
Beardy- I'm using UrbEx for my college final project (just doing what I enjoy, as I'm not staying in art & design) so I like all the pictures the best quality I can manage...

I hear you fenrir but these are good for what they are !

09-04-2012, 08:16 PM
2nd and 5th pics for the win

What camera you using?

Shame about the battery
I'm OCD about batteries the night before a splore

09-04-2012, 08:31 PM
It's a bridge camera, about 2 and a half years old. Olympus SP-590UZ. It used to have really good battery life, and the visit was a bit short notice too. Just grabbed the batteries before leaving... D'oh!

09-04-2012, 08:42 PM
This pics are fine mate! What you worrying about!! A lot better than some stuff we get coming through here. Well done for not snapping your ankle :D

09-04-2012, 08:51 PM
All ankles intact! :D As we were going in I was wondering how the hell anyone breaks an ankle getting in there...

09-04-2012, 09:23 PM
Pictures aren't crap at all, looks good to me!

09-04-2012, 11:13 PM
it is a great place, its been used for tv before now (the last train drama) i think.

10-04-2012, 08:08 PM
Nice one, allways fancied a mooch here