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Walsall Bescot to Lichfield City (Speeded up)



When it all began

On October 6th 1846  it was agreed that the South Staffordshire Railway Company would construct a railway line between Walsall and Lichfield Tent Valley with extensions between Walsall and Bescot (to allow through running to Birmingham, Lichfield Trent Valley and Wychnor Junction (to connect with the Midland Railway).

A one and a quarter mile section from Bescot Junction to Walsall had been marked out. It was opened in 1847 for passenger traffic only, using a terminus in Bridgeman place. The development enabled journeys from Walsall to be made to Curzon Street in Birmingham.

On the 9th April 1849 the South Staffordshire line was opened to Wychnor Junction, linking  the local villages of Rushall, Pelsall, Brownhills, Hammerwich, Lichfield City and Alrewas.

Considerable preparation was necessary prior to the official opening of the line. The Midland Railway rule books were adapted for employees, clothing issued, posters and timetables printed and fares agreed upon. Trial runs were also necessary, to test the line.<Read More> 

Photo Gallerys 

Railway Line Being Lifted 1986Tickets Locos on the line Alrewas/  Lichfield TVHL/  Lichfield City/ Sandfields Pumping Station/  Hammerwich/  Anglesea Sidings/  Brownhills/  Pelsall/  Rushall/  Walsall/  Hammerwich shed/  Charringtons oil trains/  Brownhills today/  Dudley today/  Wednesbury today/  South Staffs Water archives/  Quattro at Angelsea sidings/  Pleck Junction gallery/  Lichfield City freight trains/  XC diversions/ Wichnor Junction & Lichfield to Ryecroft/ 

Video Gallerys

Black 5's through Fossway & Anglesea SidingsDuchess of Sunderland/  Wichnor to Lichfield City/ Bombardier rail tour/  Voyager 220 start up/  HST through Lich City/  Quattro road, rail at Anglesea Sidings/  Quattro Rail prom video on the Angelsea Branch/  X-City diversions/  HST'S at Lichfield City/  Cross City Rambler at Lich City, Lich HL & Alrewas/  Lichfield City Freight & Specials/  Lichfield City traffic/  SSR trackbed/  Lichfield Jct Spur

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