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.