Diesels at Birmingham New Street 1958
Birmingham New Street was a very differnt place in the late 1950's in this photograph 10202 is ready to depart for London, it has a been re-liveried from it's original black into Express railway engine green although the name, tin-can, in the dirt on the side adds an individual touch. 10202 was one of the 3 diesels ordered by O.V.S.Bullied for the Southern Region, it was built at Ashford in 1951. This and 10201 had an English Electric 16 cylinder 16SVT engine rated at 1750hp 10203 the last of the trio was slightly more powerful. 10202 lasted until 1963. On the right is a very new looking Metro-Cammell DMU, later class 101 which is just leaving for Lichfield.
If I straighten it the maroon coaches will be lost!
Period touches include the signal box and mechanical signals, the brylcreemed trainspotter in shorts with his dad and the background, if this angle were repeated today the skyline would have the Rotunda in it and the huge white arch over the Bull Ring shopping centre.