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LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Lichfield

LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Soho and Perry Barr

Curzon Street Good Station: lnwrcs2121

View taken on 10th January 1966 of the original L & B trainshed to the arrival platform being demolished

View taken on 10th January 1966 of the original L & B trainshed to the arrival platform being demolished. In the background on the left is part of Hardwick's building and to its right the 1840 hotel extension. This photograph shows that whilst some of the sidings continued inside the warehouses some ceased outside as can be seen by the fact that in front of the brick built building are two buffer stops. The ornate cast and wrought iron frame of the trainsheds can be seen. Cheffin recorded in 1840 that 'the roof is the finest in the world, some particulars of its various parts maybe interesting. It covers a space 217 feet long and 113 feet wide. It is formed of wrought iron, in two spans of 56 feet 6 inches each; and the length is divided into 33 bays or spaces between each principal rafter, making 34 double of 68 single sets of principals, - a double one being considered to go across both spans, or the whole width of 113 feet, and the single one going across the 56 feet 6 inches only. These principal rafters are supported by three tiers of open ornamental arched girders of cast iron columns, one at each side of the roof; and at the row next to the booking offices, the roof is firmly attached to the wall of that building'. The total weight of the cast iron in the station is 80 tons, the wrought iron 80 tons, the planking and slates 165 tons and taking into consideration the nails, screws, pins, bolts etc the total weight of the roof is 326 tons.

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