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Date: 02/06/2007
Name: Sean

Great site i have always wondered if the building at the top of my road used to be a train station and it turns out i was right and it was the Hazelwell station and to find out the was a whole line operating through Moseley and Kings Heath. Very intresting site.

Date: 06/05/2007
Name: Ron Abbotts
Email: Ron.Abbotts@overlyme.demon.co.uk
Location: Torquay

Great to see your latest additions,Andy,particularly the Longbridge shots. Wonder how many train spotters are still around who enjoyed that area as kids early in World War II when,for a change,we could bike up Lickey Road,turn left into Lowhill Lane and watch Austin's latest output from Cofton Hackett,the Fairey Battle taking off for test flights from the airstrip that ran parallell with the road.

A bit later in the war if you were watching rail traffic from Groveley Lane bridge you could see major sections of their second war product the Short Stirling bomber being wheeled across the public road from a shop on the north side to that on the south.

But all this never fully replaced keeping an eye on what the LMS were doing

Best Wishes


Date: 29/03/2007
Name: Chris Edwards
Email: Baggieboy1@Blueyonder.co.uk
Location: Tipton.West Midlands

What a great web site, seeing the pictures of Smethwick west station was sad as i had spent a lot of my younger days watching and catching trains from here,i have a few pictures taken in the late 80's of trains at this station and also the signal box,if interested.
p.s what happened to the signal box after closure was it domolished for good or did one of the preserved railways take it away for future use?.

Date: 26/03/2007
Name: Andrew Hope
Email: audreybright@yahoo.ca
Location: Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Website: www.hamiltonstampclub.com

Great to see pictures of West Brom, we visit the UK about every two years and always get to ride on the Metro to Snow Hill.
Keep up the great site.
Andrew and Janet Hope, ex from Brum and West Brom.

Date: 22/03/2007
Name: Brian
Email: bml4564@hotmail.co.uk
Location: Rubery, Birmingham

Hiya - great site and the Rubery - halesowen pictures brought back some memories. I lived in Raven Hayes Road in my childhood and remember the level crossing gates on the lane up to the Cock Inn. I always thought they were further up the lane from where your map shows the line crossing the lane, and in fact i would have sworn that the old house which still exists on the left (as the hill begins to climb to the pub) was the old crossing keepers house - strange how time distorts the memory. In the seventies i moved in a house in Charnwood Close (the first area of Frankley to be developed), not far from where you watched the Frankley site being built.Great site mate and some smashing pictures. Antbody know whats happened to the proposals for the Rubery Station to be rebuilt?

Date: 22/03/2007
Name: Craig
Email: Craig@nottinghamrail.com
Location: Nottingham
Website: http://www.nottinghamrail.com

Excellent site, very well presented.

Date: 20/03/2007
Name: sally simpson

Saw your pictures of hampton in arden station, there were proper waiting rooms there. My grandfather was the station Master there,he had awards for the best kept station and met the Queen when she visited there,hard to believe looking at it now.My Father has lovely photos of it.

Date: 01/03/2007
Name: Derek Sullivan
Email: dss001@blueyonder.co.uk
Location: London N7
Website: http://www.vidilife.com/index.cfm?f=profile.main&i

hello there, many years ago me and my pals used to spend nearly every free bit of time ' .. on the bank', the railway line from Ombersley Road B12 to Moseley Tunnel B13, our actual den was situated amongst the original stumps of the once Brighton Road halt stop - between Brighton Road and Runcorn Road. When we played there in the late 50's and early 60's all that was left were the large 12" square pilings that the platform once sat-on .. needless to say we sat upon them too!. Nearly every driver that went past gave us a cheary wave. Once or twice I was taken home by the local police to recieve the customary clip-around-the-ear but still it did not deter us, during the week it was pure freight, (mainly 9F's) long rakes of coal wagons and the 'new' first generation container wagons with the odd car platforms carrying hundreds of new mini's cars and vans, on a Saturday we would get the occasional diverted passenger train which looked so out of place on that particular line between Camp Hill and Redditch. These were often hauled by the 'new' diesels which made us just look and stare at these new beasts .. excellent site, thank you very much for your efforts, brings back great memories!

Derek Sullivan N7 (formely Brunswick Road B12)

Date: 17/02/2007
Name: Gaz Robinson
Email: gashouse@blueyonder.co.uk
Location: Rushall
Website: http://newtonroad.blogspot.com/

Hi there, this site goes from strength to strength. Excellent additional material too in the reader galleries, especially Walsall Wood, Aldridge and Rushall. Please see my blogsite for additional Newton Road pictures etc

Date: 04/02/2007
Name: mitch
Email: wanderers@blueyonder.co.uk
Location: cosely

we have found the daisy bank and bradley station and will send it to you asap

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