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The items shown below are part of my personal collection of railway postcards. I will add more as the collection grows, and I can get around to scanning them all in! I will also include some cards showing stations not covered in this site but that will be included in future expansions of the area studied.

 
Moseley station postcard c1910 Walsall station flooded in 1886 Birmingham (Curzon St) station, 1838 Camp Hill station

This postcard of Moseley station circa 1910 was sent to me by Ronald Burchard of Florida who picked it up in a collection there, didn't know where it was and found this site through Google. It is a very good study of the station taken from the Woodbridge Road.

A 1904 LNWR postcard showing a submersed Walsall in 1886. Flooding was a continual theme at Walsall until the new station was built.

Another LNWR postcard from 1905 showing what, in 1838, was the London & Birmingham Railway's Birmingham (Curzon St) station.

An excellent 1906 postcard showing Midland Railway's Camp Hill station looking South.

 
Claverdon old station Henley-in-Arden station Knowle & Dorridge station Northfield station

A rare shot of the original site of the GWR's Claverdon station around the turn of the last Century looking towards Leamington Spa with the Stationmaster's House (as shown on the 'Claverdon' page) in the background.

An early shot of the second incarnation of the GWR's Henley-in-Arden station looking towards Stratford.

An 1895 shot of the GWR's Knowle & Dorridge station looking towards Birmingham.

A great pre-grouping shot of Northfield station looking North with a mix of private and Midland Railway wagons in the goods sidings on the site now occuppied by the booking office and car park.

 
Shirley station Wilmcote old station Wootton Wawen station Berkswell station

The GWR's Shirley station has changed little, bar the loss of the goods shed, from this 1908 postcard celebrating the opening of the station and line.

Wilmcote station on the GWR's North Warwickshire line shortly after opening in 1908 looking towards Birmingham through the Station Road bridge.

The GWR's Wootton Wawen 'platform' - GWR synonym for a cross between a fully-staffed station and a halt - between Wilmcote and Henley-in-Arden in 1908 looking towards Birmingham and the Wawensmere Road bridge.

An early 20th Centruy shot of the LNWR's Berkswell station from Station Road level crossing looking towards Birmingham. The station today is electrified and hosts Coventry to Wolverhampton services.

 
Gravelly Hill station New Street station Erdington Station, early 1900s Snow Hill station, Great Western Hotel

A great undated postcard (presumably early-20th Century) showing Gravelly Hill station looking positively rural!

Again undated, a very early 'Valentine's Series' postcard shot of Birmingham New Street station showing great detail of the overall roof and footbridge (compare this to the present day).

An interesting early-1900s shot of Erdington station looking towards Sutton Coldfield. Note the different waiting points for the various travel classes!

An early 20th Century shot of the Great Western Hotel that fronted the old Snow Hill station: the archway in the middle being the station entrance.

 
New Street station, 1903 Dudley Port station GWR City of Birmingham Cadbury No.1 0-4-0T

A 1903 postcard showing New Street station pre-major redesign works by the Luftwaffe and British Rail with the former responsible for the removal of the overall roof and the latter responsible for the removal of all semblance of character!

An undated photograph showing the Birmingham platform of Dudley Port high level station before it too was sapped of anything of interest by British Rail.

This undated postcard shows GWR City Class 3434 'City of Birmingham' loco (not to be confused with 46235 LMS Coronation Class 4-6-2 loco of the same name preserved at Thinktank, Millennium Point) built 1903 and withdrawn 1930.

This colour postcard shows 0-4-0T 'Cadbury 1' which plied its trade on Cadbury's Bournville works railway between 1925 and 1963 when it moved into preservation at the Dowty Railway Preservation Society's Aschurch depot and now resides at Tyseley Locomotive Works.

 
Maglev at Birmingham International station Moseley Station 1908 The GWR's Spring Road Halt, Acocks Green Tyseley Junction and signal box

Introduced in a blaze of publicity in the 1980s, Maglev (magnetic levitation propulsion) was introduced as a shuttle between Birmingham International station and Airport. Spiralling maintenance costs and unreliability led to its demise in 1995.

Quite a rare postcard, postmarked 31 Jan 1908, showing the long-demised Midland Railway's Moseley station in South Birmingham looking towards the City. Of particular interest is the road bridge ahead carrying Woodbridge Road - named after the original wooden bridge seen here!

This postcard shows Spring Road halt on the GWR's North Warwickshire line in the early 1900s as a Statford working is about to depart. Of particular interest is the GWR 'pagoda' waiting room on the Statford platform - the distinctive roof of which can be seen above the first coach.

Taken from Wharfdale Road, with the station building to the photographer's rear, this postcard shows Tyseley Junction with the GWR's North Warwickshire Line to the right and the Leamington line ahead-left. For comparison, see the Tyseley station entry on this website.

 

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