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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