When the original Liverpool Central station opened in 1874, it was a large terminal station with a grand three-storey building above ground, fronting on to Ranelagh Street, and a huge arch-roofed train shed behind, housing six platforms, with direct routes to destinations all over the country including Manchester Central, London St. Pancras, London Marylebone, Hull and Harwich. By the 1960s, most routes had been diverted to Lime Street, and in 1973, the buildings were demolished.
Now, Liverpool Central lives on, underground. In fact, it's the busiest station in Liverpool and the busiest underground station outside of London, welcoming 40,000 passengers every day. There's been an underground station here since 1892, but it really came into its own in the 1970s when it became the central hub of the Merseyrail network, serving the Northern and Wirral lines. The station underwent a multi-million pound face-lift in 2012.