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LMS Route: Birmingham West Suburban Railway

Bournville Shed: mrb485a

Coal stacks and coaling stage at Bournville were photographed from a northbound train on Saturday 1st June 1957

The coal stage siding has a 3F 0-6-0 standing on it, with the points in the foreground set in its favour. The road bending away to the left led to four more sidings of varying lengths, used for wagons and engines. The shortest of these is the one with coaled-up 2F 0-6-0 No. 58143 parked next to the buffers. A lot of coal has been stacked between these sidings. Presumably engines were parked next to them and loaded by hand. A gas powered yard light and two hand frames for changing adjacent points are prominent in the foreground. Telegraph poles, once such a commonplace sight, are also part of the view. The one in the foreground can be recognised in photos dating back to 1922. The two chimneys in the background were part of the Cadbury's chocolate factory complex. See image 'mrb485' for an overview of the main photograph.


John Dews