An interesting and memory- jogging image came to me last week via local football dynamo Brian Beard, who spotted the original photo for sale on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay.
This is a photo of the near-derelict Walsall Wood Railway station in its days after the line was lifted, when it was home to a plant hire company in 1972. Previously, it was the site of of a scrap metal dealer and car breaker. Many locals remember playing in the scrapyard here as kids with fondness.
The station closed to passengers in the 1930s, and the line closed to coal traffic in the early 60s.
The sign says ‘G.F. Southgate, Contractors Plant – Sales – Repair – Hire ‘ – note the scrap bulldozer behind.
The image is being sold by eBay member ‘doublechimny’ (sic) and they had this to say about it:
This photograph was part of the personal collection of the late Michael Mensing a prolific photographer from the 1950s to a few years ago, Many of his photos were published in the Ian Allan ABCs , Railway Magazines and annuals in the 50s, 60, 70s & 80s.
Thanks to Brian for a wonderful find. If you have any information or memories about the old station, please do get in touch: Comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or twang me on social media.