Coal conveyor at Formby power station, 1920
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Workers shovelling coal in to a coal conveyor at Formby power station, 25 October 1920. A coal conveyor is a chute that transfers coal up into a container or onto a vehicle. This power station was built to provide electricity to power the Liverpool to Southport railway line. Electrification of this line was begun in 1904. Electric traction provided faster and more efficient services on this busy line.