Harborne Station was the terminus of the Harborne Railway and
opened to passengers on 10th August 1874. Harborne Station had a single
platform which unlike the other stations on the line was positioned on the left
of a New Street to Harborne train. In addition to the station there were
sidings primarily for coal traffic, fixed crane, weigh bridge and a goods shed.
Whilst Monument Lane was the nearest shed, the majority of services were
serviced by locomotives from Aston and Walsall sheds, the latter reflecting in
part that a few services from Harborne to New Street ran on to Walsall. A
second platform was said to have been constructed in 1901 alongside the
run-round loop, but was rarely if ever used and was removed by 1911 to be
replaced by carriage sidings. Until 1947 the station was able to boast of an
engine turntable which was replaced by a sand wharf built on its site. The
station closed to passenger traffic on 26th November 1934 and to goods traffic
in 1963. For more information on Harborne station please see Steven Robertson's
article on the Harborne Railway in LMS Journal No 3 published by Wild
Subsequent to the above, my query as to whether a second
platform existed I received the following response from Reg Instone of
the LNWR Society. Reg
writes 'I can state that there quite definitely were two platforms before 1911,
although the installation of the second one in 1901 is a myth. They existed
before 1886 and may well have been original from 1874.
The evidence is as follows (in chronological order):
O.S. 25" map - clearly shown
LNWR plan 61275 dated 10 February 1900 - this
is for the abolition of the Signal Box and replacement by a ground frame (not
carried out) but shows both platforms as existing
1901 O.S. 25" map -
clearly shown (see LMS Journal No 3 page 54).
LNWR 2-chain survey, undated
but mentions corrs. of 1902 - clearly shown.
PTC minute 9810 of Feb 1908,
Harborne, "... removing the up platform and laying down an additional siding
LNWR plan 10994 dated 20th August.1908 for new footbridge - clearly
shown second platform "(disused)" (Birmingham Local studies Department, Railway
PW Committee minutes 39105/6 of Aug 1908 - Harborne, contracts
PW Committee minute 39222 of Nov 1908 Harborne, "alterations at
passenger station are almost complete" (regret I do not presently have a
precise completion date for this work)
LNWR Private Siding diagram 873 dated
1.1910 - clearly shown (RAIL410/991) - may not be totally up-to-date?
Referring to the map caption on page 54 of LMS Journal No 3,
Frank Ernest Westwood was one of two porters at Harborne from 31st January 1910
until after 1911 (RAIL410/1704 page 221), so should have remembered the second
platform if it was removed in 1911. Possibly his lack of memory suggests that
it was disused by the time he arrived, or was it actually removed in 1908? He
was born 14th May 1890 and entered LNWR Service on 11th September 1905 so it
was not his first post, but was still only 19 when he came there.
Steven Robertson wrote a postscript in LMS Journal No 7
to his article where he revealed his discovery of a minute of the LMS' Traffic
Committee dated June 1947. The turntable was to be sent to Llandovery where the
installation will be dealt with as an LMS/GWR Joint line matter. The minute
showed the £1024 costs of removal was offset to a great extent by the
payment of £921 meaning its removal only cost the LMS £73 in total.
In 1908 a footbridge was constructed which provided both a "through" route as
well as access to the station for the newly constructed development of Harborne
Estates the footpath still being in use today but ending in Frensham Way near
the site of the old turntable.