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Bentley Station Bridge, Bloxwich Lane
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Bentley Station

1872 - 1878

Bentley station opened on the Wolverhampton and Walsall's newly built line in 1872 and was served by services between those two towns provided by both the LNWR and Midland Railways - the line linking, as it did, the LNWR's Stour Valley Line (originally planned to link with the GWR's line into Wolverhampton Low Level)and Ryecroft Junction, over the latter of these the Midland had running rights at that time. Unfortunately, due to a contractual wrangle between the MR and LNWR, the latter bought the line 3 years after opening and sold it to the Midland a year later who closed the station some two years later due to lack of passenger receipts. Above we see the site of the railway bridge that carried the line across Bloxwich Lane: the station lay to the right in an inaccessible spot now part-obliterated by the M6.

Bentley Station site, towards Short Heath
Bentley Station site, towards North Walsall

Unfortunately, I have not come across a period photograph of the station and there is no discernible evidence of the station today - not surprising after 130 year though. Therefore, above, we see closer the remains of the railway itself as it crossed Bloxwich Lane, the station being to the right, up on an embankment just before the now-removed bridge - the base of which can be discerned here. Above-right is the other side of the bridge and is a more impressive relic as we look in the direction of North Walsall station.


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