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Kings Heath Station

LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham

Kings Heath Station on the Camp Hill Line was originally opened in 1840, along with the line itself under the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway, as Moseley Station. With the MR building of Moseley Station proper in 1867, this station changed its name to Kings Heath - more appropriate given its location. The station was, along with the others on this line, closed in 1941 as a 'wartime economy measure', never to reopen although the line remains functioning for goods traffic until May 1965. Malcolm Peakman writes, 'While the station closed in 1941 it remained open for parcels traffic and as an advance booking office - my late brother was the clerk there in the early 1960's, I made several visits to the booking office looking for unusual tickets.'.

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Looking north towards Moseley of the original Queen's bridge with the Ballast Pit sidings on the left
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NRM
Looking north towards Moseley of the original Queen's bridge with the Ballast Pit sidings on the left
Looking south towards Gloucester showing the replacement bridge and the station through the arch
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NRM
Looking south towards Gloucester showing the replacement bridge and the station through the arch
Close up of Kings Heath station, the short siding on the left, and the 1882 signal box with its shallower windows
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NRM
Close up of Kings Heath station, the short siding on the left, and the 1882 signal box with its shallower windows
First of two pre-World War One postcard views looking towards Camp Hill
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Camp Hill showing the trailing crossover between the down line on the right to the up line
Looking towards Moseley with passengers waiting on the up platform as a goods train approaches the signal box
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B Geens
Looking towards Moseley with passengers waiting on the up platform as a goods train approaches the signal box

Close up showing the 1873 up platform building containing the Ladies waiting room and gentlemen's waiting room
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B Geens
Close up showing the 1873 up platform building containing the Ladies waiting room and gentlemen's waiting room
Close up showing the MR 0-6-0 goods locomotive working hard with a train from Washwood Sidings
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B Geens
Close up showing the MR 0-6-0 goods locomotive working hard with a train from Washwood Sidings
View of the station as a local passenger service is seen departing from the up platform for New Street
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B Geens
View of the station as a local passenger service is seen departing from the up platform for New Street
Close up showing the MR local passenger train whilst coal wagons are being unloaded in the short siding opposite
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B Geens
Close up showing the MR local passenger train whilst coal wagons are being unloaded in the short siding opposite
View looking towards Brighton Road showing the absence of the crossover between the up and down lines
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RS Carpenter
View looking towards Brighton Road showing the absence of the crossover between the up and down lines

Close showing the plethora of posters covering the facade of the up platform building and the weighing machine
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the plethora of posters covering the facade of the up platform building and the weighing machine
Close up showing the Brighton Road end of Kings Heath station with the signal box located on the down platform
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the Brighton Road end of Kings Heath station with the signal box located on the down platform
Close up showing the ornate barge boards to the side of the gable end and the buildings intricate brickwork
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the ornate barge boards to the side of the gable end and the buildings intricate brickwork
View of King Heath station's passenger waiting rooms and timber shelter located on the up platform
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B Geens
View of King Heath station's passenger waiting rooms and timber shelter located on the up platform
Close up showing the up platform building containing both the ladies and general waiting room plus toilets
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B Geens
Close up showing the up platform building containing both the ladies and general waiting room plus toilets

Close up showing Kings Heath station's basic timber waiting shelter which was erected in 1869
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B Geens
Close up showing Kings Heath station's basic timber waiting shelter which was erected in 1869
Looking from the up platform across to the main station building situated on the down platform
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DJ Norton
Looking from the up platform across to the main station building situated on the down platform
View looking to Kings Norton of Kings Heath Station one month after the station had closed to goods traffic
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RS Carpenter
View looking to Kings Norton of Kings Heath Station one month after the station had closed to goods traffic
Close up showing the trailing crossover from the down to the up lines adjacent to the goods yard throat
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the trailing crossover from the down to the up lines adjacent to the goods yard throat
Looking towards Camp Hill from the Kings Norton end of the down platform some nine years after closure
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Camp Hill from the Kings Norton end of the down platform some nine years after closure

View looking towards Camp Hill showing the connection from the down line to the goods yard in June 1966
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RS Carpenter
View looking towards Camp Hill showing the connection from the down line to the goods yard in June 1966
Looking towards Kings Norton on 13th June 1957 some sixteen years after closure to passenger traffic
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Kings Norton on 13th June 1957 some sixteen years after closure to passenger traffic
View from the Kings Norton end of the station showing the siding to be elevated higher than the main line
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RS Carpenter
View from the Kings Norton end of the station showing the siding to be elevated higher than the main line
View showing Kings Heath Signal Box and the short siding located at the Camp Hill end of the down platform
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DJ Norton
View showing Kings Heath Signal Box and the short siding located at the Camp Hill end of the down platform
View of Kings Heath Signal Box taken on 3rd August 1969 a few weeks before its closure in September
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W Wright
View of Kings Heath Signal Box taken on 3rd August 1969 a few weeks before its closure in September

A mid-1960s three-quarters view of Kings Heath station's third signal box which was erected in 1906
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RS Carpenter
A mid-1960s three-quarters view of Kings Heath station's third signal box which was erected in 1906
Another view of Kings Heath Signal Box and the short siding beyond seen on 25th October 1964
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RJ Essery
Another view of Kings Heath Signal Box and the short siding beyond seen on 25th October 1964
Kings Heath station staff pose for the camera outside the Station Master's office on the down platform circa 1912
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M williams
Kings Heath station staff pose for the camera outside the Station Master's office on the down platform circa 1912
Members of staff from Kings Heath station pose on and in front of the steps to the signal box circa 1920
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M Williams
Members of staff from Kings Heath station pose on and in front of the steps to the signal box circa 1920
View of Ballast Pit Sidings circa 1890 with Engineering Department wagons standing alongside the huts
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RJ Essery
View of Ballast Pit Sidings circa 1890 with Engineering Department wagons standing alongside the huts

A publicity photograph of W Baker & Sons coal delivery cart and staff in front of their offices in station drive
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L Arthur Family
A publicity photograph of W Baker & Sons coal delivery cart and staff in front of their offices in station drive
View of the trailing crossover adjacent to the goods yard throat
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M Williams
View of Mr Baker standing in the doorway of Dixon & Baker Coal & Coke Merchant's offices in station drive
Now under new ownership, Leslie Williams poses in the doorway of Fred D Sharp, Coal Merchant & General Haulier
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M Williams
Now under new ownership, Leslie Williams poses in the doorway of Fred D Sharp, Coal Merchant & General Haulier
A new Midland Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd 8 ton 5 plank coal wagon destined for Kings Heath
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P Coutanche
A new Midland Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd 8 ton 5 plank coal wagon destined for Kings Heath
A Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd 10 ton, 7 plank, mineral wagon owned by CP Perry & Son
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Gloucester Record Office
A Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd 10 ton, 7 plank, mineral wagon owned by CP Perry & Son

A view of the entrance to the station from the drive leading down from the High Street taken on 7th November 1961
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Birmingham Reference Library
A view of the entrance to the station from the drive leading down from the High Street taken on 7th November 1961
Close up showing Andrew Harrison & Sons offices and the former Station Master's house at the rear
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Birmingham Reference Library
Close up showing Andrew Harrison & Sons offices and the former Station Master's house at the rear
Close up showing the offices of Ten Acres & Stirchley CWS, (Tascos), and the footpath to the High Street behind
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Birmingham Reference Library
Close up showing the offices of Ten Acres & Stirchley CWS, (Tascos), and the footpath to the High Street behind
Looking down Station Drive from the High Street towards the station yard with offices of coal merchants all on the right
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D Taylor
Looking down Station Drive from the High Street towards the station yard with offices of coal merchants all on the right
Kings Heath Station's weigh bridge and office located outside of the goods yard and at the bottom of Station Drive
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RS Carpenter
Kings Heath Station's weigh bridge and office located outside of the goods yard and at the bottom of Station Drive

Looking towards Kings Norton along one of the sidings in the goods yard one month after closure
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Kings Norton along one of the sidings in the goods yard one month after closure
Close up showing the front of Kings Heath Station's original passenger building and the weigh bridge office
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the front of Kings Heath Station's original passenger building and the weigh bridge office
View of the PW hut situated alongside the three lever ground frame at the entrance to the goods yard
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RS Carpenter
View of the PW hut situated alongside the three lever ground frame at the entrance to the goods yard
View of one of the last steam trams passing Kings Heath station shortly before they were retired in 1906
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B Geens
View of one of the last steam trams passing Kings Heath station shortly before they were retired in 1906
Ex-Midland Railway outside curved frame Kirtley 2-4-0 No 20002 is seen leaving Kings Heath for Camp Hill
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R Tedstone
Ex-Midland Railway outside curved frame Kirtley 2-4-0 No 20002 is seen leaving Kings Heath for Camp Hill

Ex-LT&SR 2P 4-4-2T No 2107 is seen at Kings Heath at the head of a down local passenger service in 1935
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Ex-LT&SR 2P 4-4-2T No 2107 is seen at Kings Heath at the head of a down local passenger service in 1935
Ex-Midland Railway outside curved frame 0-6-0 No 22630 is seen running light engine through Kings Heath
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RJ Buckley
Ex-Midland Railway outside curved frame 0-6-0 No 22630 is seen running light engine through Kings Heath
An unidentified MR 0-6-0 Class 700 is seen passing through Kings Heath station on a down goods train in 1928
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C Gilbert
An unidentified MR 0-6-0 Class 700 is seen passing through Kings Heath station on a down goods train in 1928
British Railways Standard Class 9F No 92154 passes through Kings Heath with a single guards van in tow
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N Glover
British Railways Standard Class 9F No 92154 passes through Kings Heath with a single guards van in tow
British Railways built Ivatt 4MT No 46454 runs tender first through Kings Heath with a guards van on its way to Camp Hill
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N Glover
British Railways built Ivatt 4MT No 46454 runs tender first with a guards van past the box on its way to Camp Hill

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48529 is passing through the derelict station on an up goods service on 11th October 1966
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N Glover
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48529 is passing through the derelict station on an up goods service on 11th October 1966
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5912 'Queen's Hall' passes by Kings Heath signal box on 10th November 1957
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RS Carpenter
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5912 'Queen's Hall' passes by Kings Heath signal box on 10th November 1957
Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43210 passes by at the head of a down mineral train in the late 1950s
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B Geens
Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 43210 passes by at the head of a down mineral train in the late 1950s
Diagram showing the location of Kings Heath Station
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Andy Doherty
Diagram showing the location of Kings Heath Station