Part of an 1873 street map of Birmingham showing the line and principal features of the railways around Lander and Lawley Street. The map shows the new engine shed adjacent to the Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal and, at the junction of the various lines by Duddeston Mill Road, a level crossing. This feature was a surprise to Bob Essery, author of many MR and LMS books and formerly a fireman based at Saltley shed. Bob writes in Midland Record No 8 that John Gough's Chronology states that whilst the first signal box was opened before 16th August 1877, a replacement box was opened circa January 1878, with a replacement box opening on 23rd September 1888. Bob surmises that the second box coincided with the lowering of the road so that the railway passed over Duddeston Mill Road and the third box was allied to the remodelling of Lawley Street Goods Depot.
Part of an 1873 street map of the Borough of Birmingham. A Ithough this does not illustrate the track layout, it does show the line of railway and principal features. This extract shows the London North Western Railway goods station at Curzon Street and the new engine shed adjacent to the Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal In MR No. 5, I dealt with the gasworks of Birmingham in some detail; here we can see the extent of the Saltley Works at this time. This map also shows a level crossing at Duddeston Mill Road, which, I must say, came as a surprise. However, John Gough's Chronology indicates that whilst the first signal box here was opened before 16 th August 1877, a replacement box was opened c. January 1878, with a further replacement opening on 23rd September 1888. I suspect the latter was in connection with the remodelling of Lawley Street whilst the former could date from when Duddeston Mill Road was lowered to allow it to pass beneath the railway rather than to cross on the level Confirmation of this would be useful