LMS Route: The Birmingham West Suburban Railway
Mick Bramich writes "The best place for me to watch the coming
and goings on the old Midland route to the south west, was near the laundry at
Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A short cycle ride in the evening or at the weekend,
or even better, during school holidays, brought me into contact with all sorts
of foreigners. Leeds based Jubilees, B1s and A3s (very
scarce), Robinson 2-8-0s from the Eastern region, the last of the
unrebuilt Patriots from the north west plus a host of local motive power from
Saltley and Bournville.
Double headers were not uncommon and many of the trains stopped
at suburban stations such as Selly Oak, Bournville and Kings Norton prior to
running non-stop to Gloucester and then on to Cardiff, Bristol or Bath. I
caught a train in about 1964 at Selly Oak to visit Barry and the famous scrap
yard of Dai Woodham. I don't recall ever seeing diesels on this route. I
suppose the powers that were let the old Midland carry on in their time
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