Birmingham New Street Station: lnwrbns_str1863
View from the Queens Hotel looking across to the West end of
Platform 3 showing the signals controlling access to the tunnel to
Wolverhampton. To the left beneath the soot and smoke encrusted glazed gable of
the original train shed can be seen the columns supporting the 'Paxton roof'
named after Joseph Paxton, gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. This extra roof
was required because under the LNWR's original Act the station had to be
completely under cover. On the right of Platform 1 in the foreground is the
ramp leading to the subway which was extended beyond the station to provide
direct access to the Post Office.