Here’s something for fans of the steam trains which used to ply their trade along the lines of Brownhills. Reader and top bloke Dave Cresswell, who’s a founder member of, and top stalwart for the South Staffordshire Line restoration group, posted a link on Facebook to this remarkable footage on the group’s website yesterday, uploaded by Rob Taylor. Heaven knows where Rob finds this wonderful stuff.
Dave, Rob and their fellow enthusiasts campaign tirelessly for the reopening of the Walsall to Lichfield railway, which was stupidly grubbed up in the 1980’s. The enthusiasts have a great Facebook group and a fantastic website that’s absolutely jam-packed with information, memories and history of this venerable, much missed rail line. Please do pop along and take a look. I think we’d all like to see rail return to Brownhills.
This, of course, isn’t the first time the group has unearthed remarkable footage of the line in better days. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and Rob for the hard work they do.
I do like the way the narrator pronounces ‘Wal-sol’…