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Camp Hill Station

LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham

Camp Hill was the site of a temporary terminus of the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway. According to Colin Maggs in his book 'The History of the Birmingham Gloucester Railway (Amberley Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4456-0699-6) The temporary station opened on 17th December 1840 despite Sir Frederick Smith, who inspected the line between Cofton Farm and Camp Hill on behalf of the Board of Trade, recommending that the opening of the line be delayed because of serious concerns concerning the instability of the cuttings at Longbridge and Groveley. He recommended that should the opening proceed then a speed reduction of 10 mph be imposed. The directors, knowing that they were not legally bound to adhere to the inspector's report, proceeded with the opening of the line albeit having initiated some remedial work. At the time of opening the temporary station still lacked some rails and no signals. On 14th August 1841, Sir Frederick Smith inspected the extension from Camp Hill to the London & Birmingham's new Curzon Street station. He expressed concern regarding the safety of the junction and recommended that trains stop before they proceed over the junction. The line opened on 17th August 1841 which resulted in the temporary terminus at Camp Hill being relegated to goods use from this date. Camp Hill partially reopened to passengers on 15th November 1841 as the 3:30pm departure and the 1:40pm and 7:10pm arrivals were goods trains that also carried passengers.

The opening of New Street station required through trains from Derby and Bristol to reverse at New Street. To counter this, a direct link was made in 1864 between the former B&DJR line at Landor Street Junction to the former B&GR at St Andrew's Junction. Portions of trains running to and from New Street were therefore marshalled at Camp Hill or Saltley to be attached to the through trains. The opening on 3rd April 1876 of the West Suburban Railway by the MR, which ran from Kings Norton to New Street, negated the need to reverse trains at New Street and consequently Camp Hill station's marshalling role was no longer required. The opening of the Lifford Curve on 1st July 1892 saw the start of the circle passenger service from New Street to New Street via Camp Hill and the West Suburban lines. Trains ran mainly during peak hours but due to wartime economy measures the service was withdrawn on 27th January 1941. The southbound Manchester to Bournemouth service, which ran via LNWR metals on the Stour Valley line ran through Camp Hill in order not to be reversed in order to take the West Suburban route, commenced on 1st October 1910 but it wasn't until 1927 that it received the name 'The Pines Express'.

The second and permanent Camp Hill station opened in 1867 by the Midland Railway and was renamed as 'Camp Hill & Balsall Heath' in December 1887. The station reverted to Camp Hill on 1st April 1904 and was closed temporarily as a wartime economy measure, as were several other city centre stations, on 27th July 1941 being closed officially on 27th November 1946 having never reopened. The goods yard and shed, which opened on 17th December 1840, was finally closed on 7th February 1966.

An Edwardian view of Camp Hill Station looking towards Brighton Road with the down platform on the left
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B Geens
An Edwardian view of Camp Hill Station looking towards Brighton Road with the down platform on the left
Close up showing a typical Midland Railway twin-faced oblique angled 'running in' or station name board
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B Geens
Close up showing a typical Midland Railway double-faced oblique angled 'running in' or station name board
Close up showing the timber framed and clad passenger building located on Camp Hill station's down platform
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B Geens
Close up showing the timber framed and clad passenger building located on Camp Hill station's down platform
Close up of Camp Hill station's up platform with the main ornate brick built passenger building on the right
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B Geens
Close up of Camp Hill station's up platform with the main brick built passenger building on the right
Close up of the entrance to the main station building and the luggage weighing machine located on the platform
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B Geens
Close up of the entrance to the main station building and the luggage weighing machine located on the platform

View of the front elevation of Camp Hill station's main passenger facilities located on the up platform
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B Geens
View of the front elevation of Camp Hill station's main passenger facilities located on the up platform
Close up showing two cast-iron mechanical vending machines and a luggage weighing machine
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B Geens
Close up showing two cast-iron mechanical vending machines and a luggage weighing machine
Close up showing the ornate screen to the concourse booking hall and general waiting room
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B Geens
Close up showing the ornate screen to the concourse booking hall and general waiting room
Close up of the First Class Gentlemen's Room and a MR bench seat with the station's name on the back support
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B Geens
Close up of the First Class Gentlemen's Room and a MR bench seat with the station's name on the back support
Looking towards Birmingham showing the two water cranes located on either side of the bridge over Highgate Road
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Birmingham showing the two water cranes located on either side of the bridge over Highgate Road

Looking towards Birmingham from the Brighton Road end of Camp Hill station's down platform
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Birmingham from the Brighton Road end of Camp Hill station's down platform
Close up of the extra timber framed and clad waiting room situated on Camp Hill station's up platform
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RS Carpenter
Close up of the extra timber framed and clad waiting room situated on Camp Hill station's up platform
Looking towards Birmingham with Highgate Road bridge providing support for the up platform
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Postcard
Looking towards Birmingham with Highgate Road bridge providing support for the up platform
View of the now long abandoned Camp Hill station taken from the bridge which crossed Highgate Road
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DJ Norton
View of the now long abandoned Camp Hill station taken from the bridge which crossed Highgate Road
Looking towards Birmingham with Camp Hill's twin peak roof warehouse towering in the distance
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Birmingham with Camp Hill's twin peak roof warehouse towering in the distance

View looking west along Highgate Road with the  site of Camp Hill station being on the left
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B Brooksbank
View looking west along Highgate Road with the site of Camp Hill station being on the left

Camp Hill Goods Station and Yard

View of Camp Hill Goods & Grain Warehouse on the left and the main sidings to the centre
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DJ Norton
View of Camp Hill Goods & Grain Warehouse on the left and the main sidings to the centre
Close up showing Camp Hill Goods and Grain Warehouse and the main sidings in the yard  on 22nd August 1954
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DJ Norton
Close up showing Camp Hill Goods and Grain Warehouse and the main sidings in the yard on 22nd August 1954
View of Camp Hill Goods and Grain Warehouse and goods depot as seen in the early 1930s
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RS Carpenter
View of Camp Hill Goods and Grain Warehouse and goods depot as seen in the early 1930s
Close up showing the variety of open and covered wagons using Camp Hill goods yard in the early 1930s
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the variety of open and covered wagons using Camp Hill goods yard in the early 1930s
Close up showing open wagons inthe foreground and covered wagons adjacent to the warehouse
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing open wagons inthe foreground and covered wagons adjacent to the warehouse

Locomotives and trains at or near Camp Hill

Ex-MR 0-4-4T 1P No 1348 is seen at the head of a suburban service during the afternoon on 2nd March 1936
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FA Wycherley
Ex-MR 0-4-4T 1P No 1348 is seen at the head of a suburban service during the afternoon on 2nd March 1936
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44516 is seen at the head of a train combining two sets of locomotives and wagons
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44516 is seen at the head of a train combining two sets of locomotives and wagons
An unidentified ex-MR 0-6-0 3F locomotive is seen coupled to the rear of another goods train whilst heading another
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DJ Norton
An unidentified ex-MR 0-6-0 3F locomotive is seen coupled to the rear of another goods train whilst heading another
Ex-MR 0-6-0 3F No 43464 is seen passing Camp Hill signal box on a Class H through freight train in 1953
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DJ Norton
Ex-MR 0-6-0 3F No 43464 is seen passing Camp Hill signal box on a Class H through freight train in 1953
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42337 is seen approaching Camp Hill with a local passenger service on 8th May 1955
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42337 is seen approaching Camp Hill with a local passenger service on 8th May 1955

View of ex-MR 0-6-0 4F No 43926 at the head of a down goods train approaching Camp Hill Signal Box
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DJ Norton
View of ex-MR 0-6-0 4F No 43926 at the head of a down goods train approaching Camp Hill Signal Box

Miscellaneous

Close up of the earlier Midland Railway style of gas lamp with its wider base found at Camp Hill station
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B Geens
Close up of the earlier Midland Railway style of gas lamp with its wider base found at Camp Hill station
Close up showing the two cast-iron mechanical vending machines and the luggage weighing machine
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B Geens
Close up showing the two cast-iron mechanical vending machines and the luggage weighing machine
View of Camp Hill's up outer home signal which comprises the original MR post with a LMS upper quadrant arm
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DJ Norton
View of Camp Hill's up outer home signal which comprises the original MR post with a LMS upper quadrant arm
View of ex-MR 0-6-0 4F No 43926 at the head of a down goods train approaching Camp Hill Signal Box
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Anon
A 1934 timetable showing some of the stations served by the 'round robin' service starting at New Street station

Maps and Diagrams

View of the gradient post near Proof House Junction showing the change in the descent towards New Street station
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Midland Railway
Part of MR Distance Diagram dated 1913 showing the two routes south from New Street to Kings Norton
LMS railway photo
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Andy Doherty
Map showing the location of Camp Hill Station and its juxtaposition with Highgate Road and Montpellier Street