Halesowen Railway - Odds & Ends
A few bits and pieces discovered buried in the collection
Frankley Filter Beds - 4/8/54
these got to do with the railway? Well, during the construction
of the waterworks there was a branch from Rubery Station to help
deliver materials. The track was lifted after completion of the
project in the early years of the twentieth century
A page on the MIAC site provides scans of maps
from 1902 that show the branch line clearly.
It is very easy to follow the route of the branch as a footpath through
the Frankley housing estate seems to have been constructed in exactly
the same location! There were three level crossings on the branch
(Bedlam Lane, Frogmill Lane and Egghill Lane). When I
visited this site in June 2007, I was sad to see that the crossing
keepers cottage for Frogmill Lane had recently been demolished.
This was especially
disappointing having seen the
surviving cottage at New Street (formerly Bedlam Lane). This
modern view shows the site of the cottage - the line would have run
from left to
right and the site of the cottage is marked by the silver fence.
The next three photo's were taken by my father's friend, Ken
Morris. There is a box of Ken's prints in the collection and
given the interest in Halesowen Railway photo's I thought I should
58143 App Hunnington Viaduct - 4/9/55
wondered if this was a workmens train for Rover workers as there are
about 10 men on board, all wearing cloth caps. David got in touch
to say, "This certainly was not a Workmens’ train for Longbridge; they
were comprised of traditional coach stock.".
My father took a colour
slide of the
same train from just to the left of this scene.
58903 Hunnington Viaduct - 2/6/54
picture of a Stephenson
Locomotive Society special steaming towards Rubery. The
society organised many trips for it's members and a ride over the
viaduct must have been a special treat.
45561 Halesowen Jnc's Distant - 28/12/54
|45561 is on
the main line approaching the Halesowen Junction. Thanks to Ken
for pointing out that this shot was taken to the north of the
junction. He says, "In the background are Daffodil Park and