Heavy horses

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’…

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3 Responses to Heavy horses

  1. warren parry says:

    love it Bob, keep up the good work.

  2. ziksby says:

    Equally fascinating, but 100 years earlier is a South Staffordshire Railway Company handbook entitled “Rules and regulations for the conduct of the traffic etc” which is available as a free eBook from Google. I urge anyone interested in 18th/19th/20th century publications to search Google Books.
    “South Staffordshire Railway” alone produces over 2000 eBook results from Gov’t papers to news articles to complete books.

  3. Clive says:

    Nice video. Get well soon Bob.

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