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Castle Bromwich Station

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth

The original Castle Bromwich station was opened on 10th February 1842 on the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway's (B&DJR) section of line between Lawley Street, Birmingham and Whitacre at the behest of the Earl of Bradford, a local landowner. In 1902, as part of the Midland Railway, Castle Bromwich station was extensive rebuilt and survived in this form in until scheduled services ceased on 4th March 1968. Initially authorised in 1836, the bill envisaged the line running from Derby via Whitacre to Stechford and then over the London and Birmingham Railway's metals into Curzon Street station. London traffic was intended to run from Whitacre to Derby Junction (later known as Hampton station) at Hampton in Arden and then to be taken forward by London & Birmingham Railway (L&BR) services to Euston. The first section opened was Whitacre to Hampton where traffic to and from Birmingham and London initiated. However due to the high tolls charged by the L&BR and the traffic delays experienced by B&DJR travellers using the L&BR's services, the B&DJR very quickly decided to built their own line direct to Birmingham but elected to run along the Tame and Rea valleys to a new station in Lawley Street rather than at Stechford. Also known as the Tame Valley Railway, this and the Birmingham & Gloucester railway were merged in 1846 with other companies to become part of the Midland Railway. The British Industries Fair BIF exhibition centre 1920 stood alongside the railway north-west of the station; in 1933 for the BIF annual fair the first diesel train in the country arrived on its maiden run from Euston. Trains calling at Castle Bromwich were in the main local services from Birmingham New Street to Derby, Leicester via Nuneaton Abbey Street and to Walsall via Sutton Park. It was recorded that a few express trains stopped here including the Worcester to York service.

The exterior of Castle Bromwich station which fronted on to Chester Road is all decked out with bunting in 1955
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Lens of Sutton
Exterior of Castle Bromwich station, which fronted on to Chester Road, is all decked out with bunting in 1955
Close up showing the entrance to the station's booking office from which access to the platforms was via a footbridge
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the entrance to the station's booking office from which access to the platforms was via a footbridge
The rear of Castle Bromwich's brick built two-storey station building which fronted on to Chester Road
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B Pixton
The rear of Castle Bromwich's brick built two-storey station building which fronted on to Chester Road
An Edwardian postcard looking along the down platform in the direction of Birmingham New Street
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Postcard
An Edwardian postcard looking along the down platform in the direction of Birmingham New Street
LMS railway photo
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Lens of Sutton
Looking north along the station's up platform towards Castle Bromwich junction during the mid 1950s

Close up of the up platform's facilities which housed a both a general and a separate ladies waiting room
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the up platform's facilities which housed a both a general and a separate ladies waiting room
Close up showing the station building accommodating passenger facilities on the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the station building accommodating passenger facilities on the down platform
Close up showing Castle Bromwich Junction in the near distance and the goods yard on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing Castle Bromwich Junction in the near distance and the goods yard on the right
Close up showing the stairs to the passenger footbridge which led to the booking office and the other platform
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the stairs to the passenger footbridge which led to the booking office and the other platform
Close up showing part of the covered stairs onto the down platform and on the right open steps to the sidings
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing part of the covered stairs onto the down platform and on the right open steps to the sidings

Close up showing part of Castle Bromwich Junction and the approach to the station and goods yard
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WL Good
Close up showing part of Castle Bromwich Junction and the approach to the station and goods yard
Looking West towards Castle Bromwich station with the junction signal box on the left from North of the station
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DJ Norton
Looking West towards Castle Bromwich station with the junction signal box on the left from North of the station
Close up showing Castle Bromwich Junction signal box and the entrance to the station's goods yard
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DJ Norton
Close up showing Castle Bromwich Junction signal box and the entrance to the station's goods yard
Close up showing the station's two platforms which were isolated at their rear by the goods lines for each direction
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the station's two platforms which were isolated at their rear by the goods lines for each direction
LMS 4P Compound 4-4-0 No 1079 is seen at the head of a Derby to New Street express on 3rd June 1925
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LMS 4P Compound 4-4-0 No 1079 is seen at the head of a Derby to New Street express on 3rd June 1925

LMS 4P Compound 4-4-0 No 1162 stands light engine on one of the two up refuge sidings at Castle Bromwich
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LMS 4P Compound 4-4-0 No 1162 stands light engine on one of the two up refuge sidings at Castle Bromwich
Ex-MR 1P 2-4-0 No 1 stands at the up platform on a Birmingham to Derby local train on 3rd June 1925
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Ex-MR 1P 2-4-0 No 1 stands at the up platform on a Birmingham to Derby local train on 3rd June 1925
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 371 approaches Castle Bromwich station with a local service for New Street on 3rd June 1925
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Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 371 approaches Castle Bromwich station with a local service for New Street on 3rd June 1925
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 375 enters the station whilst at the head of Derby to New Street service on 3rd June 1925
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Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 375 enters the station whilst at the head of Derby to New Street service on 3rd June 1925
Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 531 passes through the station on an up express service on 3rd June 1925
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Ex-MR 2P 4-4-0 No 531 passes through the station on an up express service on 3rd June 1925

Ex-MR 3P 4-4-0 No 776 stands at Castle Bromwich's up platform on a local service on 3rd June 1925
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Ex-MR 3P 4-4-0 No 776 stands at Castle Bromwich's up platform on a local service on 3rd June 1925
LMS railway photo
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Ex-MR 4-2-2 1P MR 'Spinner' No 673 arrives at the station with a local Birmingham bound train
An unidentified ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 'Black Five' roars through the station on an up express service to Derby
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RS Carpenter
An unidentified BR built 5MT 4-6-0 'Black Five' roars through the station on an up express service to Derby
Ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 41157 departs Castle Bromwich station on an up service on 15th May 1959
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ND Mundy
Ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 'Compound' No 41157 departs Castle Bromwich station on an up service on 15th May 1959
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 'Horwich Crab' No 42826 heads towards Washwood Heath on a Class D semi-fitted express freight
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 'Horwich Crab' No 42826 heads towards Washwood Heath on a Class D semi-fitted express freight

Ex-S&D 3F 0-6-0 No 43194 is seen at the head of a freight en-route to Kings Norton during May 1957
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Real Photographs
Ex-S&D 3F 0-6-0 No 43194 is seen at the head of a freight en-route to Kings Norton during May 1957
BR 5MT 4-6-0 No 73028 departs Castle Bromwich on an up passenger service on 5th September 1959
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M Mensing
BR 5MT 4-6-0 No 73028 departs Castle Bromwich on an up passenger service on 5th September 1959
Close up showing ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45690 'Leander' approaching Castle Bromwich on the 12:52pm York to Bristol service on 5th September 1959
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M Mensing
Close up of ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45690 'Leander' approaching Castle Bromwich on a York to Bristol express train
LMS railway photo
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DJ Norton
BR 5MT 4-6-0 No 73003 approaches the station from Washwood Heath on an up express service in 1953
Ex-LNWR 'Super D' 0-8-0 No 49212 nears Castle Bromwich with a freight train on the down goods line
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DJ Norton
Ex-LNWR 'Super D' 0-8-0 No 49212 nears Castle Bromwich with a freight train on the down goods line

Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45519 'Lady Godiva runs through the station on the up Devonian on Saturday 5th September 1959
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45519 'Lady Godiva runs through the station on the up Devonian on Saturday 5th September 1959
BR Derby Lightweight two-car Diesel Multiple Units stand on the down platform during May 1955
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C Banks
BR Derby Lightweight two-car Diesel Multiple Units stand on the down platform during May 1955
Midland Railway 2P 4-4-0 No 517 approaches the station on a down train for New Street on 9th May 1936
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HC Casserley
Midland Railway 2P 4-4-0 No 517 approaches the station on a down train for New Street on 9th May 1936
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44562 passes through Castle Bromwich with an East bound freight on 4th May 1963
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G Robinson
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44562 passes through Castle Bromwich with an Eastbound freight on 4th May 1963
BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No 92156 approaches Castle Bromwich with an express service on 5th September 1957
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M Mensing
BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92156 approaches Castle Bromwich with an express service on 5th September 1957

British Railways B1 4-6-0 No 61318 passes Castle Bromwich signal box with the daily Cleethorpes to New Street service on 7th July 1962
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RJ Buckley
BR B1 4-6-0 No 61318 passes Castle Bromwich signal box with the daily Cleethorpes to New Street service
LMS railway photo
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DJ Norton
BR Standard 5MT No 73030 approaches Castle Bromwich at the head of a down express service
LMS 6P 4-6-0 No 6100 'The Royal Scot' stands at the British Industrial Fair adjacent to the station
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E Manley
LMS 6P 4-6-0 No 6100 'The Royal Scot' stands at the British Industrial Fair adjacent to the station
Illustration of the variety of the oil lamps employed along the route between Castle Bromwich and Stockingford
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J Griffiths
Illustration of the variety of the oil lamps employed along the route between Castle Bromwich and Stockingford
Map showing Castle Bromwich station and the layout of the track both through the station and the junction
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Ordnance Survey
Map showing Castle Bromwich station and the layout of the track both through the station and the junction