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Date: 21/10/2007
Name: Richard Mills
Email: rwmills@blueyonder.co.uk
Location: Telford UK

While looking at Googleearth noticed a point of interest was \"Daisy Bank Station\" if I remember correctly this was actually \"Bradley and Coseley Station\". Its position is incorrectly shown as it should be farther up the line just past the Great Western. My parents Dick and Winnie Mills kept the Great Western from 1960 to 1965 after my mother\'s Uncle and Aunt Albert and Elsie Owen died.

From the small car park just at the front of the pub a path led down onto the station platform, the backyard of the pub overlooking the path and platform.

Date: 28/09/2007
Name: Bob French
Email: grelfrench@rogers.com
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Just came across your site by chance and am feeling very nostalgic. I was a trainspotter in the late 40s and 50s, living in Hall Green close to the GWR Stratford line. However, the LMS lines/trains held more appeal and I would bike all over to find them.
I was interested to see your references to the Camp Hill line, which my 29A bus passed under going into town. Never saw any passenger trains on it but occasional freight trains, including a huge Beyer-Garret loco once. Also found your history and photos of the Curzon St area fascinating; I hope the old station building is preserved.
With such overcrowded highways the UK is ripe for a revival of trains and trams. Perhaps some of those under-used lines and neglected stations will get a new lease on life (but I'm not holding my breath).

Date: 19/09/2007
Name: richard redwwod
Email: rickred111@sbcglobal.net
Location: union missouri usa

i have lived in the states for 41 yrs but was born in aldridge.staffs
i remember very well taking the train from aldridge to birmingham,(it cost 11d return)
i used to go to the bullring in birmingham to buy pet mice lol

Date: 17/09/2007
Name: Ron Abbotts
Email: Ron.Abbotts@overlyme.demon.co.uk
Location: Torquay

Ian Moris raises an interesting point. The Handbook of Railway Stations for 1904 lists a siding at Selly Oak station into the Patent Enamel Company.

This is confirmed in the history of that company at www.streetjewellery.com/home/patent.html

This states that the factory was demolished in the 1960s. Perhaps the track went even before that?

Date: 14/09/2007
Name: Ian R Morris
Email: ian.r.morris@nexiasolutions.com

I was a student at the University of Birmingham in the early 70s and remember with affection the faded glory of the old Selly Oak station swept away for the new frequent diesel unit service. I wonder if your photo of the single track bridge at Selly Oak was to access a goods yard. My recollection is that the ground levels by the station would allow this and the entrance road to the station was unnecessarily large for a suburban station. Congratulations on an interesting site. I particularly like clicking on the map to go to the location.

Date: 14/08/2007
Name: Keiran Hancock
Email: terencehancock@btinternet.com
Location: stoke-on-trent

The bit about the sub-station 'Curzon Street B.R' is very interesting. You are right about b.r meaning brittish rail. That sub supplies the station at 11,000v. When the station dissapears the sub dissapears! i have a great interest in sub-stations and pylons and i have the diagram of this sub. i do not kno if that substation is there anymore. If anyone knows, please tell me as this would be great. I have just e-mailed some one i know whos an electrical engineer from the MEB as seen on the sign in the pic, know known as central networks e.on to see if its still there. You can tell if its a meb sign because its white on the bottom and the central networks signs are all yellow. if anyone knows where to get a meb sign e-mail me for my adress. i would love one for my collection. terencehancock@btinternet.com.

Date: 13/08/2007
Location: Aldridge
Website: punderwoods@talktalk.net

I served my apprenticeship as a fitter at Aston M P D 1956-1963 Nice site with good photo's

Date: 08/08/2007
Name: Kyle
Location: Wolverhampton

Fantastic site! I never realised that there used to be so many stations in the area. Its appaling that so few are left... Keep up the good work!

Date: 21/07/2007
Name: Frank Booth
Email: frank.facbooth@btinternet.com
Location: Telford

My daughter and I have just found this site from the link off the Old Ladywood website. I used to work on the trains from 1948 to 1950 at the Monument Rd station and it was lovely to see the old picture of the station. I worked on the footplates of the trains, My step father also worked on the railway as a signalman at Monument Lane signalbox from the mid 1920's to his retirement in the 1950's. His name was Henry Austin Rutter and he worked on the railways all his life. My Mothers brother, Alfred Joseph Withers was also a signalman at the same box and as far as I'm aware he was there till at least 1955. It was through their friendship that my mother and Henry got married.
I can remember that the first signalbox out of New St was Sheepcote Lane, which controlled the engine sheds, then there was Monument Lane, then Harborne junction, which had 3 lines running from it, one running to M&B's and the sand pits at Harborne, the mainline to Wolverhampton, and the third went down to the Stour going to Great Barr and beyond.
I am now racking my brains for names of people who I knew whilst I was on the trains and can remember a Mr Lonsdale who was the district loco superintendant at Sheepcote Lane engine sheds. I shall be adding this site to my bookmarks and will be looking in often to see what other things are added.

Frank Booth

Date: 21/07/2007
Name: graham tomlinson
Email: midson@netspace.net.au
Location: melbourne, aust

just found your site, terrific.just a little history. my father tom tomlinson worked on the railways, as did his father in law thomas henry cherry.we lived opposite old hill railway station,from when i was born in1950,until dad died in 1961.dad was a ganger earning 8 pounds a week,and i remember him building a shed in the back garden from timber from old hill station,so some alteration must have taken place in that time. train spotting was number one on the hobby list!dad died at work at cradely heath,january 1961, no workers compensation in those days.thomas hery cherry, i believe was station master at old hill for many, many years, until he injured his shoulder shunting a train. he was transferred to snow hill station, to serve his days out before being pensioned at 65, i imagine.they were wonderful times, and i could write more , however sites like yours bring memories flooding back, and they are invaluable, graham tomlinson, melb ,aust

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