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Wood End Platform

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Wood End Platform was opened on 1st July 1908 when the line was first opened for passenger traffic and consisted of two platforms of 400 feet in length with shelters. The suffix Platform was removed on 7th July 1924 when it was simply described as Wood End. A staff of two were listed as being allocated to the station. They would have taken it in turn to work the early morning shift and the evening shift. The station was 8 miles 57 chains from Tyseley junction and located at the bottom of a cutting over 50 feet deep and immediately adjacent to Wood End Tunnel which was the only significant engineering structure on the North Warwickshire line. In official GWR documents the GWR recorded that the station had to be placed here in accordance with an agreement, but the site is somewhat inconvenient and station facilities cannot be provided on any large scale.

To gain access to the platforms required passengers to walk from Broad Lane along a pathway that ran parallel to the railway for several hundred feet and then down steps on the embankment to reach a passenger footbridge from which access could be gained to either platform. As with many other stations along the route, the up platform which was used by trains destined for Birmingham had the greater passenger facilities, in this instance two small buildings. The tunnel is 175 yards long: a commencement was made excavating for the south end on April 15th 1906, and the last brick was put into the arch on November 22nd 1906, the work advancing at the rate of six and a half yards per week.

To construct the tunnel one of the two cuttings had to be excavated before access could be had to the tunnel itself. Some 214,000 cubic yards of excavation lying to the north of the tunnel had to be conveyed to embankments south of it, and to avoid the costly and slow process of hauling over the summit of the hill an attempt was made to get the tunnel finished before starting the excavation at the north end. The cutting south of the tunnel contained 107,000 cubic yards. It was started on January 9th, 1906, and by April 12th 86,300 cubic yards had been dug out and the end of the tunnel could be got at.

Robert Ferris

Views of Wood End Platform

Looking south towards Stratford upon Avon after the first decade of the line and platform being open
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J Alsop
Looking south towards Stratford upon Avon after the first decade of the line and platform being open
Close up showing the simple structure providing the down platform's very basic waiting room
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J Alsop
Close up showing the simple structure providing the down platform's very basic waiting room
Close up of the up platform's two structures, the larger one accommodated the booking office and waiting room
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J Alsop
Close up of the up platform's two structures, the larger one accommodated the booking office and waiting room
Wood End Platform soon after opening in 1907, showing the original timber footbridge and the prefabricated booking office
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GWR
Wood End Platform soon after opening showing the original timber footbridge and the prefabricated booking office
Looking south along the full length of the platform which is now devoid of the lampposts seen in the 1917 view
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HC Casserley
Looking south along the full length of the platform which is now devoid of the lampposts seen in the 1917 view

Close up showing the down platform's simple GWR standard corrugated asbestos passenger waiting room
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the down platform's simple GWR standard corrugated asbestos passenger waiting room
Close up of the buildings on the up platform and the footbridge continuing across to the embankment to steps
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HC Casserley
Close up of the buildings on the up platform and the footbridge continuing across to the embankment to steps
Looking south from Wood End Lane road bridge showing the booking office on the top of the embankment
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P Shoesmith
Looking south from Wood End Lane road bridge showing the booking office on the top of the embankment
A 1972 view of the down platform building now showing years of neglect by British Railways
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D Churchill
A 1972 view of the down platform building now showing years of neglect by British Railways
A 1972 view which shows all three structures standing on the up platform, also showing years of neglect by BR
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D Churchill
A 1972 view which shows all three structures standing on the up platform, also showing years of neglect by BR

A view looking south showing workmen working on relaying the down platform surface in front of the waiting room
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J Moss
A view looking south showing workmen working on relaying the down platform surface in front of the waiting room
Looking towards Birmingham with the main buildings on the left and Wood End Lane road bridge crossing the line at an oblique angle
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Lens of Sutton
Looking north with the main buildings on the left and Wood End Lane road bridge in the distance
Looking towards Wood End Lane road bridge with the up platform buildings in the foreground
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J Moss
Looking towards Wood End Lane road bridge with the up platform buildings in the foreground
GWR 0-6-0ST 645 class No 766 approaches Wood End Platform with a local service to Moor St Birmingham
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UK Stations
Looking towards Birmingham along the up platform with the booking office and waiting rooms on the left
Looking towards the 175 yards long tunnel and Broad Lane perimeter wall passing over the top
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards the 175 yards long tunnel and Broad Lane perimeter wall passing over the top

An elevated view of the tunnel from the footpath on the embankment showing the sharp curve of the tunnel bore
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J Moss
An elevated view of the tunnel from the footpath on the embankment showing the sharp curve of the tunnel bore

Locomotives seen at or near Wood End Platform

GWR Period Locomotives

GWR 4-4-0 No 3801 ‘County Carlow’ on a Penzance to Wolverhampton express near Wood End
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J Alsop
GWR 2-6-0 No 4310 2-6-0 Wood End tunnel is seen at the head of a down goods to the West of England
GWR 0-6-0 No 1094 is seen at the head of an up freight approaching Wood End Tunnel in 1926
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C Maggs
GWR 0-6-0 No 1094 is seen at the head of an up freight approaching Wood End Tunnel in 1926
GWR 2-6-0 26xx class No 2625, a member of the Aberdare class, passes on a goods train bound for Birmingham
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J Alsop
GWR 2-6-0 26xx class No 2625, a member of the Aberdare class, on a goods train bound for Birmingham
GWR 4-4-0 No 3801 ‘County Carlow’ on a Penzance to Wolverhampton express near Wood End
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LGRP
GWR 4-4-0 No 3801 ‘County Carlow’ on a Penzance to Wolverhampton express near Wood End
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 544 leaving Wood End Tunnel at the head of an up train to Bearley circa 1920
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J Alsop
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 544 leaving Wood End Tunnel at the head of an up train to Bearley circa 1920

GWR 2-8-0 28xx class No 2829 is seen approaching Wood End on a northbound goods train
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J Alsop
GWR 2-8-0 28xx class No 2829 is seen approaching Wood End on a northbound goods train
GWR 2-4-0 3201 class No 3516 leaves Wood End tunnel on a southbound Class B goods service
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J Alsop
GWR 2-4-0 3201 class No 3516 leaves Wood End tunnel on a southbound
Class B goods service
GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 6386 approaches Wood End tunnel on a northbound Class B goods service
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J Alsop
GWR 2-6-0 43xx class No 6386 approaches Wood End tunnel on a northbound
Class B goods service
GWR 2-6-2T 3901 class No 3912 leaves Wood End tunnel on a Birmingham to Stratford local passenger service
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J Alsop
GWR 2-6-2T 3901 class No 3912 leaves Wood End tunnel on a Birmingham to Stratford local passenger service
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 1425 leaves Wood End Tunnel with a local Stratford upon Avon passenger service
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J Alsop
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 1425 leaves Wood End Tunnel with a local Stratford upon Avon passenger service

GWR 0-6-0ST 645 class No 766 approaches Wood End Platform with a local service to Moor St Birmingham
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J Alsop
GWR 0-6-0ST 645 class No 766 approaches Wood End Platform with a local service to Moor St Birmingham
GWR 0-6-0PT 655 class No 1774 approaches Wood End tunnel  with a local passenger service to Birmingham
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RM Casserley
GWR 0-6-0PT 655 class No 1774 approaches Wood End tunnel with a local passenger service to Birmingham
GWR 4-4-0 Atbara class No 4120 ‘Atbara’ emerging from Wood End tunnel on an express to South Wales
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LGRP
GWR 4-4-0 Atbara class No 4120 ‘Atbara’ emerging from Wood End tunnel on an express to South Wales
GWR 0-6-0 '388' class No 1203 leaves Wood End tunnel with a class K ordinary freight train circa 1924
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LGRP
GWR 0-6-0 '388' class No 1203 leaves Wood End tunnel with a class K ordinary freight train circa 1924

British Railways Period Locomotives

Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 51xx class No 4170 is seen approaching Wood End tunnel whilst at the head of the 6 40pm Birmingham Moor Street to Stratford upon Avon service
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M Mensing
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4170 nears Wood End tunnel whilst at the head of the 6:40pm to Stratford upon Avon
BR built 4-6-0 '6959' class No 7915 'Mere Hall' on a local passenger service 25th August 1964
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M Mensing
BR built 4-6-0 '6959' class No 7915 'Mere Hall' on a local passenger service 25th August 1964

Maps of Wood End Platform

GWR 0-6-0ST 645 class No 766 approaches Wood End Platform with a local service to Moor St Birmingham
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National Library of Scotland
An Ordnance Survey map of Wood End Platform and Tunnel revised in 1914 but published in 1921
An Ordnance Survey map of Wood End Platform and Tunnel  revised in 1914 but published in 1934
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National Library of Scotland
An Ordnance Survey map of Wood End Platform and Tunnel revised in 1914 but published in 1934
A 1938 Ordnance Survey map showing the footpath access and steps leading down to the footbridge
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Ordnance Survey
A 1938 Ordnance Survey map showing the footpath access and steps leading down to the footbridge
Gradient profile of the new North Warwickshire Railway between Tyseley and Bearley North Junction
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GWR Magazine
Gradient profile of the new North Warwickshire Railway between Tyseley and Bearley North Junction