Liverpool Overhead Railway

overhead railway carriage displayed at its original height in the museum

© Mark McNulty

The Liverpool Overhead Railway gallery tells the remarkable story of the first electric elevated railway in the world. In the gallery you will find out why and how the railway was built along seven miles of docks in 1893, meeting some of the people who worked and travelled on it along the way. You can climb aboard the carriage, which is fixed at the exact height of the original railway at 4.8m (16 feet) above the ground.

The displays also explore why the railway was eventually pulled down in the late 1950s and the legacy it has left behind.

Gallery highlights

Online shop

Liverpool Overhead Railway gifts and souvenirs are available from the Liverpool gifts section of our online shop.

Creating the gallery

The Overhead Railway motor coach was the first object to be installed in the Museum of Liverpool. See photos of it arriving on Flickr.