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Stechford Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

Stechford station was opened on the London to Birmingham line by the newly formed London North Western Railway in 1844. It might have become more significant when George Stephenson surveyed the route between Derby and Birmingham in 1835 for the North Midland, the bill envisaged the line as running through Whitacre to meet the London and Birmingham Railway with a junction at Stechford to travel into the latter's terminus at Curzon Street. Stechford was the largest intermediate station on the line between Coventry and Birmingham with two island platforms providing two up and two down platforms. The main station building was constructed with timber and was located on the road bridge above the running lines with passenger facilities also provided on the platforms. The station was ideally located for serving the south-eastern side of Birmingham and it had significant goods facilities provided on the North (up) side of the line. The station was equipped with a hump shunting yard on the South (down) side of the Birmingham to Coventry line just before the station with the access road to the hump being parallel to the down slow line.

A hump yard was essentially a flat yard with an artificial hump on the shunting leg so arranged that shunting engines instead of 'setting back' at speed would suddenly stop and then push the wagons over the hump at a constant speed of about two miles per hour. As soon as the detached wagons arrive at the top of the hump they would fall away from the train. Providing the grade is correctly set and the speed of the train is suitably adjusted, a train of 70 wagons or so can be passed over the hump and the wagons marshalled into their respective roads without the engine coming to rest. The opening of the Aston to Stechford line in 1882 increased the traffic through the station allowing scheduled passenger services to avoid New Street station proceeding north along the Grand Junction's original route. Goods traffic also used the Aston Stechford route to access the marshalling yard at Washwood Heath. In the late 1960s the station lost its two island platforms when the down slow and hump road were removed. A new station building was erected off Frederick Road replacing the earlier structure and accessed the down platform via steep steps from Frederick Road.

The following is a transcription of a Special Notice issued by British Railways as part of the resignalling undertaken with the introduction of Coventry Power Box and stage 3 of Birmingham New Street resignalling scheme.

BRITISH RAILWAYS


London Midland Region
(WESTERN LINES)

SPECIAL NOTICE 655G

NOTICE TO DRIVERS, GUARDS, SIGNALMEN AND OTHERS RESPECTING THE INTRODUCTION OF MULTIPLE ASPECT SIGNALLING FROM COVENTRY TO GREAT BARR, ERDINGTON AND HANDSWORTH JUNCTION

The diagram with schedule of route indications which is attached to this Notice, shows the resignalling of the above lines consequent on the bringing into use of the extension to Coventry signal box and Stage 3 of the Birmingham New Street resignalling scheme. The work will commence at 10:00 on Saturday 2nd July 1966 and is due to be completed by 06:00 on Monday 4th July 1966. During this period points and signals worked from the signal boxes mentioned below will be disconnected and drivers handsignalled as necessary. Further details of the working during this period will be found in Section Band C of the appropriate weekly notice. The existing running signals controlled by Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton in Arden, Marston Green, Stechford No I, Stechford No 2, Washwood Heath, Aston No 1, Aston No 2, Witton Goods, Perry Barr Station Junction, Handsworth Junction, Perry Barr North Junction and Great Barr will be taken away and replaced by multiple aspect signalling. Certain signalling alterations will also be made at Canley Gates and Erdington. The distances between Distant and Home Signals leading to and from the resignalled area are shown on the accompanying diagram. All ground frames on the diagram are electrically released from Birmingham, New Street signal box except where shown otherwise on the diagram. On completion of the work the signalling and permanent way will be as shown on the diagram attached to this notice and the following notes are intended to supplement the information given thereon:

STECHFORD No 1
This signal box will become a shunting frame named Stechford to control the Up Sidings, the Down Sidings and the crossover in the Up and Down Main Lines.

STECHFORD No 2
This signal box will be taken away and signals NS 39 and NSAI, which have been acting as Stechford No 2 Home Signals will be controlled from Birmingham New Street Signal Box. The three aspect signal NSAI will become a four aspect signal. The telephone at signal NSAI will be connected to Birmingham New Street signal box. The connection Up Siding to Up Grand Junction will be controlled from a new ground frame named 'Stechford Sidings' and the crossover in the Up and Down Grand Junction Lines will be operated from a new ground frame named 'Stechford Crossover'.

Stechford station's southern approaches and down yard

Looking East towards Coventry with Stechford No 1 signal box on the left and the down marshalling sidings on the right
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Looking East with Stechford No 1 signal box on the left and the down marshalling sidings on the right
Close up of Stechford No 1 signal cabin which controlled the eastern approach to Stechford station
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Close up of Stechford No 1 signal cabin which controlled the eastern approach to Stechford station
Panoramic view of the station approaches on the Coventry side of Stechford station with the ten road down sidings on the right
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View of the approaches on the Coventry side of Stechford station with the ten road down sidings on the right
Close up showing Stechford Frame which controlled access to and from each of Stechford's down sidings ten roads
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Close up of Stechford Frame which controlled access to and from each of Stechford's down sidings ten roads
Looking East towards Coventry with Hill House Lane bridge in the distance and the down yard's sidings on the right on 16th May 1959
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Looking East towards Coventry with Hill House Lane bridge in the distance and the down yard's sidings on the right

Close up of the hump over which wagons were propelled to travel under their own gravity into the down sidings
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DJ Norton
Close up of the hump over which wagons were propelled to travel under their own gravity into the down sidings

View of Stechford station's booking office and hall

An external side view of Stechford station's booking office and hall seen from Victoria Road
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G Dowling
An external side view of Stechford station's booking office and hall seen from Victoria Road
External view of Stechford station's booking office which was located above the main running lines between Birmingham and Coventry
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Lens of Sutton
An external view of Stechford station's booking hall and offices which was located above the main running lines
Looking towards Washwood Heath along Station Road with the Stechford station's main building on the junction with Victoria Street
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DJ Norton
Looking to Washwood Heath along Station Road with the station's main building on the junction with Victoria Street

View of Stechford station's platform buildings and structures

Looking towards Coventry along the down platform from the Birmingham end of the station  during the early 1900s
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J Alsop
Looking towards Coventry along the down platform from the Birmingham end of the station during the early 1900s
Close up of the station's up island platform which shows the platform buildings to be in their Edwardian prime
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DJ Norton
Close up of the station's up island platform which shows the platform buildings to be in their Edwardian prime
Close up showing the station's down platform and the array of gas lanterns and lamp posts used to light the station
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the station's down platform and the array of gas lanterns and lamp posts used to light the station
View of the station taken from the down island platform with a local service standing at the main up platform
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Postcard
View of the station taken from the down island platform with a local service standing at the main up platform
Close up showing Stechford station and the LNWR four-coach local passenger service to Rugby from New Street
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Postcard
Close up showing Stechford station and the LNWR four-coach local passenger service to Rugby from New Street

Looking East from the Birmingham end of the up platform showing the canopy to the down platform cut back
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DJ Norton
Looking East from the Birmingham end of the up platform showing the canopy to the down platform cut back
Looking to Coventry along the up platform with the booking office and hall above and No 1 Signal Cabin in the distance
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Looking to Coventry along the up platform with the booking office and hall above and No 1 Signal Cabin in the distance
Close up of the passenger staircase leading down from the booking office and hall to the station's down platform
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DJ Norton
Close up of the passenger staircase leading down from the booking office and hall to the station's down platform
Looking beneath Station Road bridge along the up lines with Stechford No 1 Signal Cabin seen on the left
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DJ Norton
Looking beneath Station Road bridge along the up lines with Stechford No 1 Signal Cabin seen on the left
Looking east with Station Road bridge in the centre, the up yard entrance on the left and the station to the right
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DJ Norton
Looking east with Station Road bridge in the centre, the up yard entrance on the left and the station to the right

Close up showing the passenger staircase leading down from the booking office and hall to the up platform
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the passenger staircase leading down from the booking office and hall to the up platform

Stechford station's northern approaches and the up exchange sidings and yard

A panoramic view of Stechford station looking towards Coventry from south of Albert Road circa 1910
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Postcard
A panoramic view of Stechford station looking towards Coventry from south of Albert Road circa 1910d
Close up of the goods yard showing that most open wagons are being used by local coal merchants
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Postcard
Close up of the goods yard showing that most open wagons are being used by local coal merchants
A panoramic view of Stechford station and goods yard looking towards Coventry taken from West of Albert Road on 28th May 1960
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DJ Norton
View of the station and goods yard looking towards Coventry taken from West of Albert Road on 28th May 1960
Another panoramic view of Stechford station and goods yard looking towards Coventry seen west of Albert Road
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Another panoramic view of Stechford station and goods yard looking towards Coventry seen west of Albert Road

Close up of the Birmingham end of Stechford station and its two island platforms looking towards Coventry
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Close up of the Birmingham end of Stechford station and its two island platforms looking towards Coventry
View from Stechford No 2 signal cabin with on the right the connection to the down goods line
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DJ Norton
View from Stechford No 2 signal cabin with on the right the connection to the down goods line
Looking East towards Coventry from the down main line with Stechford No 2 signal box on the right and the goods yard on the left
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Looking East from the down main with Stechford No 2 signal cabin on the right and the sidings on the left
Looking from the Aston branch towards Stechford station with the Adderley Park line on the right on 28th May 1960
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Looking from the Aston branch to Stechford station with the Adderley Park line on the right on 28th May 1960
View of Stechford No 2 Signal Cabin with lines to New Street via Adderley Park on the left and lines to Aston on the right
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View of Stechford No 2 Signal Cabin with lines to New Street via Adderley Park on the left and lines to Aston on the right

Looking West towards New Street to the left and the line to Aston and Washwood Heath sidings to the right
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Looking West towards New Street to the left and the line to Aston and Washwood Heath sidings to the right
Looking north with the lines to New Street on the left and the lines to Aston on the right on 28th September 1963
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Looking north with the lines to New Street on the left and the lines to Aston on the right on 28th September 1963
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44865 is seen shunting in Stechford's goods yard on 14th October 1961
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Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44865 is seen shunting in Stechford's goods yard on 14th October 1961
Close up showing the sidings leading up to Cartwright & Company's main timber internal storage shed
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Close up showing the sidings leading up to Cartwright & Company's main timber internal storage shed
Close up of the section of the yard primarily being used to stack timber belonging to Cartwright & Company
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Close up of the section of the yard primarily being used to stack timber belonging to Cartwright & Company

Rear view of Stetchford goods yard as seen from Station Road and and Northcote Road in November 1961
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British Railways
Rear view of Stetchford goods yard as seen from Station Road and and Northcote Road in November 1961

Locomotives and trains seen at or near Stechford station

Ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' No 44934 passes through the station on a down special made of SR coaching stock
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Ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' No 44934 passes through the station on a down special made of SR coaching stock
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48681 is seen standing on the up passenger loopline shunting a goods train on 5th May 1959
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Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48681 is seen standing on the up passenger loopline shunting a goods train on 5th May 1959
BR 4MT 2-6-4T No 80039 stands at the down platform on the 12:42pm Coventry to New Street service
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BR 4MT 2-6-4T No 80039 stands at the down platform on the 12:42pm Coventry to New Street service
An unidentified ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 locomotive is seen approaching Hill House bridge with an up express to Euston
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An unidentified ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 locomotive is seen approaching Hill House bridge with an up express to Euston
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40180 is seen shunting wagons over the hump into the down goods yard at Stechford on 3rd June 1961
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Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40180 is seen shunting wagons over the hump into the down goods yard on 3rd June 1961

Ex-LMS 2-6-0 5MT 'Mogul' No 42974 is seen shunting in the up yard of Stechford station on 31st May 1961
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Ex-LMS 2-6-0 5MT 'Mogul' No 42974 is seen shunting in the up yard of Stechford station on 31st May 1961
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58181 is seen arriving at Stechford on the up goods line with a local stopping freight service
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Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58181 is seen arriving at Stechford on the up goods line with a local stopping freight service
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T No 80088 pilots ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44803 on a down express on 10th August 1958
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British Railways Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4T No 80088 pilots ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44803 on a down express
Ex-LMS 'Fowler Crab' 2-6-0 No 42925 is seen waiting its turn to reverse into Stechford's goods yard on 13th April 1959
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Ex-LMS 'Fowler Crab' 2-6-0 No 42925 is seen waiting its turn to reverse into Stechford's goods yard on 13th April 1959
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 45038 is seen reversing its rake of wagons on the down loop line on 27th March 1961
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Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 45038 is seen reversing its rake of wagons on the down loop line on 27th March 1961

Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40180 shunts a number of wagons in Stechford's down sidings during September 1960
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Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40180 shunts a number of wagons in Stechford's down sidings during September 1960
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46446 passes through Ward End Park on a football special bound for Witton station
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BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46446 passes through Ward End Park on a football special bound for Witton station
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42544 is seen crossing the Midland Railway's New Street to Derby route in December 1957
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Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42544 is seen crossing the Midland Railway's New Street to Derby route in December 1957
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 28548 is seen paused between shunting duties in Stechford's exchange sidings in 1947
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Anon
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 28548 is seen paused between shunting duties in Stechford's exchange sidings in 1947
E3063 heads the first freight powered by electric motive power between the West Midlands and the south
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Birmingham Post
E3063 heads the first freight powered by electric motive power between the West Midlands and the south

Miscellaneous

Emergency services at the scene of the crash of the EMU travelling from New Street to Euston on 28th February 1967
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Birmingham Post
Emergency services at the scene of the crash of the EMU travelling from New Street to Euston on 28th February 1967
Map showing the location of the station and its relationship to Victoria Road and Albert Road
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Map showing the location of the station and its relationship to Victoria Road and Albert Road

Looking towards Stechford station from the down main with Stechford No 2 signal cabin on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Stechford station from the down main with Stechford No 2 signal cabin on the right
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40180 shunts a number of wagons in Stechford's down sidings during September 1960
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Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40180 shunts a number of wagons in Stechford's down sidings during September 1960
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M Mensing
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Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 40180 shunts a number of wagons in Stechford's down sidings during September 1960
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Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58181 is seen arriving at Stechford on the up goods line with a local stopping freight service
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Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 58181 is seen arriving at Stechford on the up goods line with a local stopping freight service

View of Stechford No 2 Signal Cabin with lines to New Street via Adderley Park on the left and lines to Aston on the right
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