It’s come to my attention that several ‘new’ old photographs of Brownhills Stations have appeared online in recent months. These are remarkable, and here I’m featuring them for both the enjoyment of readers, and to publicise the sites they feature on.
The first three images are featured on the remarkable, jaw-dropping site that is Photos by D J Norton, which is a tremendous archive of midlands images, created by a remarkable photographic talent who died tragically young. Please browse the site and wallow in the quality and breath of images.
The Brownhills Stations page is just brilliant.
The picture of the remnants of Brownhills Watling Street Station is the only one I’ve ever seen looking south, and that would be the yard of Ralph Ferrie on the left. That is a truly incredible picture. I featured a walk around that site a few years ago.
I have donated, as requested, to Asthma UK. If you appreciate the photos as much as I do, please do the same.
The last image was found by top bloke David Evans last week using Google Chrome’s image search function, and used in my post about the Surge Stack yesterday. After some detective work, I found out where it came from, and this kind of highlights why image searches are a blessing and a curse. Because of the way the image search works, David would have had no idea where the source was, or that there was descriptive information there, so was left guessing as to the origin and time period.
I now have discovered the image is a super-high quality, high resolution scan from 1962, posted in the Flickr photo stream of Geoff7918, a remarkable collection of railway images. It seems it was part of a collection created by one Peter Shoesmith, which Geoff is hosting. Please do check out the discussion of the Rover 80 parked nearby in the original photo description. There’s some outstanding photography and history in Geoffs stream.
I include the original image descriptions. Please don’t lift these images without credit, and please do support the sites they came from. It’s only by the diligent, careful work of others that we have such a fine historical record. Please respect that.