LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
Saltley Station: mrsalt963
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6985 'Parwick Hall' returns to Gloucester
Horton Road on a freight in the 1960s. The driver of the locomotive is looking
back along the train, probably to check that the banking engine is in place.
During the early 1960s, in response to mounting losses and the need to increase
productivity in the face of competition from road transport, British Railways
started to break down the regional divisions and rationalise inter-regional
workings. Mourton and Pixton in their book Birmingham - Bristol Portrait of
a Famous Route Part One: Birmingham to Cheltenham state that ex-GWR
locomotives worked regularly from Washwood Heath on services such as 12:25pm
class Hand 2:00pm Class F to Stoke Gifford, near Bristol.