Photo By D J Norton

D. J. Norton's Pictorial Survey of Railways in the West Midlands

by Bob Essery

I am delighted that my father's railway photographs have been used to illustrate this three volume epic written by famous railway author Bob Essery

DJN Book Part 1
DJN Book Part 2
DJN Book Part 3

The contents of each volume are as follows:-
Part 1: LNWR Lines

ISBN 978 1905 184 507

144 pages

Coventry to Stechford:
Includes Coventry, Tile Hill, Berkswell & Balsall Common, Hampton-in-Arden, Marston Green and Stechford.
Stechford to Wolverhampton:
Includes Adderly Park, Proof House Jct, New Street (Western side), Monument Lane, Harborne Jct, Winson Green, Soho Soap Works, Smethwick, Galton Jct, Spon Lane, Oldbury, Dudley Port, Watery Lane, Tipton (Owen Street), Monmore Green and Wolverhampton (High Level).
Stechford to Bushbury via Aston:
Includes Stechford, Aston (inc. shed), Witton, Perry Barr, Great Barr, Soho Road, Curzon Street, Vauxhall & Duddeston and more Aston (inc. gas sidings).
South Staffordshire:
Including Brownhills, Pelsall, Walsall, Pleck Jct, Goldshill Crossing and Dudley.
Aston to Lichfield:
Including Gravelly Hill, Four Oaks, Blake Street, Shenstone, Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley
Part 2: Midland Lines

ISBN 978 1905 184 514

112 pages

Tamworth to New Street:
Includes Tamworth (High Level and Low Level), Kingsbury Station Jct, Whitacre, Hams Hall, Water Orton, Castle Bromwich, Bromford Bridge, Washwood Heath, Saltley Station, Duddeston, Saltley Shed and New Street (Midland Side).
Birmingham West Suburban:
Includes Five Ways, Church Road, Selly Oak, Bournville (inc. Cadbury's), Canal Branch, Bournville Shed and Lifford West Jct.
Water Orton to Wolverhampton:
Includes Penns, Aldridge, Walsall Wood and Brownhills.
Hampton to Whitacre:
Includes Whitacre, Maxstoke and Hampton.
Additional Material:
Central Goods, Lawley Street and Kings Norton notices.
Part 3: More Midland Lines

ISBN 978 1905 184 521

112 Pages

Birmingham & Gloucester via Camp Hill:
Includes St. Andrews Jct, Bordesley Jct, Camp Hill (inc. sidings), Brighton Road, Moseley, Kings Heath Ballast Sidings, Kings Heath, Hazelwell, Lifford, Kings Norton, Northfield, Halesowen Jct, Barnt Green, Linthurst I.B., Blackwell, Lickey Incline and Bromsgrove.
Longbridge to Halesowen Branch:
Includes Halesowen Jct, Longbridge, Frogmill Crossing, Rubery, Holly Hill Crossing, Frankley Sidings, Dowery Dell (Hunnington) Viaduct, Hunnington and Halesowen.
Barnt Green to Redditch Branch:
Includes Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch (inc. shed).

The books were published in 2008 and are getting increasingly hard to find.  You can try Titfield.  I saw about a dozen copied of each volume in the Birmingham Ian Allan shop in Jan 2014 so you could try there too.  Failing that, I guess it's got to be eBay, or contact me and I'll provide a telephone number for Wild Swan.