A charming photo of the signalbox at Sutton Park Station, taken around 1969, just before closure. The new Saltley PSB was about to be commissioned, with control of the Sutton Park line to eventually be shared with Walsall PSB, with the loss of the lines Midland Railway signalboxes. We can perhaps assume that the gentleman deep in thought as he enjoys his pipe is the signalman, no doubt pondering future developments.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
In this scene taken earlier this afternoon, a Class 66 is coming off the Sutton Park line at Ryecroft Jn with a short and colourful engineers train for Crewe (6K50). The lines curving in from the right are the Cannock lines and the viewpoint is from the bank at the rear of where the old steam shed used to stand.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
GBRf loco 66715 VALOUR, pictured on a filming run across the Sutton Park line. The loco ran from Soho EMU depot near Birmingham to Park Lane Jn (near Water Orton) and back, so whether this indicates a new freight flow for GBRf we'll have to wait and see...
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
37219 brings a pick-up freight (9T37) past the long-abandoned wagon at the Sutton Park crossover this afternoon.
Oh alright then, it was really a re-enactment of a freight train scenario from the 1960s/70s and was about to arrive at Brownhills West yard on the Chasewater Light Railway !
A nicely restored loco...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
56302 as seen from the Bosty Lane bridge, passing the repaired landslip site near Aldridge with the Grain liner today.
The embankment was just as overgrown as the one on the opposite side, until the heavy rains in June caused trees and clay-bound earth to fall trackwards (see June 15th post).
Sunday, October 14, 2007
25259 at the head of Trip 74 (Bescot to Washwood Heath) sets back into the GPO depot at Sutton Park via the down loop, in order to detach a parcels van, 3rd November 1975. The mail centre lost it's rail connection in the early 1990s but still exists as a Royal Mail sorting depot.
Note the fairly intact old station platforms, of which one (the island platform on the right) still exists.
Photo copyright M.Mensing.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Almost 30 years ago if you were out with your camera at Ryecroft Junction here's the variety of traffic that could've been seen. These were all taken on the 27th February 1978 and are:-
1) 45060 Sherwood Forseter coming off the South Staffs line
2) 37168 powering away from Walsall
3) 25151 heading towards the Sutton Park line
4) 47165 on 0E46 heading out of Walsall
Photo's taken by D Jennings
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here's a train formed from the Lafarge stone hoppers and discharge machines at Ryecroft on Saturday. The train was running from Mountsorrel to Bescot behind loco 66150 where a second loco was attached at the rear and the formation left for weekend engineering work at Bentley Heath (Dorridge) via Coventry and Leamington.