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Hamstead and Great Barr Station

LMS Route: Grand Junction Railway

Great Barr was opened on the original route of the Grand Junction Railway in 1862 and has been included on the Birmingham-Soho- Birmingham route for the website's convenience as Perry Barr, Witton, Aston and Vauxhall & Duddeston were all sited along the route too. The first station was opened by the Grand Junction Railway on 4th July 1837, and was named Hamstead and Great Barr; it was renamed Great Barr on 1st May 1875. The station was rebuilt to be fully on the opposite side of the road bridge on 25 March 1899; this station, again known as Great Barr, was renamed Hamstead on 6 May 1974. The station also had sidings served the adjacent Hamstead Colliery.

Looking towards Walsall under the arch of the overbridge with the original station's down platform on the right
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Looking towards Walsall under the arch of the overbridge with the original station's down platform on the right
Close up showing on the right the new down platform being built and on the left the original up platform
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Close up showing on the right the new down platform being built and on the left the original up platform
Close up showing the original Great Barr station's brick built building erected on the old down platform
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Close up showing the original Great Barr station's brick built building erected on the old down platform
Looking across the line towards Great Barr's main new station building erected on the down platform
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Looking across the line towards Great Barr's main new station building erected on the down platform
Looking along the up platform towards Bescot with the overbridge carrying the Old Walsall Road at the end
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Looking along the up platform towards Bescot with the overbridge carrying the Old Walsall Road at the end

View of Great Barr station's up starting signal and the Perry Barr North Junction distance signal on 5th August 1951
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DJ Norton
View of Great Barr station's up starting signal and the Perry Barr North Junction distance signal on 5th August 1951
Looking towards Bescot as LNWR 0-6-0 No 710 passes through the station on an up goods circa 1921
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Looking towards Bescot as LNWR 0-6-0 No 710 passes through the station on an up goods circa 1921
Close up showing Hamstead and Great Barr's new station building located on the up platform
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Close up showing Hamstead and Great Barr's new station building located on the up platform
Close up of LNWR 0-6-0 18 inch Goods' No 710 as its young fireman pauses from firing to pose for the camera
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Close up of LNWR 0-6-0 18 inch Goods' No 710 as its young fireman pauses from firing to pose for the camera
LNWR 0-6-0 No 473 a 'Cauliflower' class locomotive is seen standing at the station on a Winters day
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LNWR 0-6-0 No 473 a 'Cauliflower' class locomotive is seen standing at the station on a Winters day

Close up showing the different types of carriages making up the train and through the arch the signal box and sidings
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Close up showing the different types of carriages making up the train and through the arch the signal box and sidings
Close up of LNWR 0-6-0 No 473
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Close up showing LNWR 0-6-0 18 inch Goods No 473 standing at the station with a local passenger service
LNWR 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No 3715 trundles through Great Barr station whilst at the head of an up mixed freight from Bescot yard
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RS Carpenter
Ex-LNWR 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No 3715 at the head of an up mixed freight passes through Great Barr station
Close up showing the Coal Tank's fireman snatching a brief respite from firing to pose to the camera
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the Coal Tank's fireman snatching a brief respite from firing to pose to the camera
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 G2a No 49081 is seen passing through Great Barr station with an up freight from Bescot yard
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Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 G2a No 49081 is standing at the up platform at Great Barr station with a freight from Bescot yard

Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 G2a No 49373 approached Old Walsall Road overbridge on a down freight to Bescot shed circa 1960
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Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 G2a No 49373 approached Old Walsall Road overbridge on a down freight to Bescot shed circa 1960
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' No 45146 is seen passing through the station on a down passenger service to Stafford
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Ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' No 45146 is seen passing through the station on a down passenger service to Stafford
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT locomotive is seen passing through the station on a down service to Stafford
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An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT locomotive is seen passing through the station on a down service to Stafford
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48762 hauls a failed Gloucester DMU set through the station on its way to Ryecroft Walsall
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Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48762 hauls a failed Gloucester DMU set through the station on its way to Ryecroft Walsall
Map showing the location of Hamstead and Great Barr station and its location next to Old Walsall Road
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Andy Doherty
Map showing the location of Hamstead and Great Barr station and its location next to Old Walsall Road