What’s my line?

This week for the old photo feature, I thought I’d share some pictures from a recently acquired new book about the main railway that used to run through Brownhills. ‘The South Staffordshire Railway, Volume One’, written by Bob Yate, covers the whole period of the railway, from constructuon to the death throes when the line was mothballed. This fascinating work contains a wealth of information and photos, and certainly isn’t just for train spotters. Engaging writing, solid historical research and fascinating pictorial ephemera combine to make a wonderful read, covering the whole line from the darkest Black Country through to beery Burton upon Trent.

Passenger rail from Brownhills certainly wasn’t within my lifetime, but I remember well the freight diesels that used to thunder through the town. I think soon, we will begin to appreciate just what was lost when we closed this valuable transport artery.

The South Staffordshire Railway, Volume One’, written by Bob Yate. Published by The Oakwood Press, ISBN  978 0 85361 700 6. Buy it now from Amazon.

Here, the Town Hall (now the Parkview Centre) would be up the steps to the left, Smithy's Forge to the right. The stationmaster's house is on the right.

Bill and Clarice Mayo certainly have some fascinating photos. Anyone know any of the kids, or indeed, the stationmaster in this lovely image?

This was the marshalling yard at the notorious 'High Bridges' double bridge on the Pelsall Road. I played amongst the abandoned wagons here as a kid. I remember that signal box, now the whole site is houses and an open field.

Ahh... Brownhills to Lichfield City in 15 minutes, Brownhills to Burton in 45. Do watch how much hand luggage you're taking, however. Click on image for a readable version.

The pictures of Brownhills Station I were generally aware of always seemed to show it empty. These passengers look interesting and happy, and the station they're using speaks of a bustling, if not overly affluent town.

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