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Birmingham Snow Hill 1987

The derelict four track Great Western Railway main line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton between Snow Hill & Hockley. That's Kenyon Street on the first bridge & Livery Street on the far bridge.

 

This photo was taken ten years after my last visit to Snow Hill & although a new station has opened serving destinations to the south of Birmingham, the line northwards still waited on restoration of the Kidderminster trains & the tram to Wolverhampton.

 

Snow Hill station is just around the bend in the distance past the last overbridge. As I walked along here I thought I was witness to the end of the Great Western Railway in Birmingham but now trains from London Marylebone reach Worcester along this stretch - even if Kings don't power through on the Cambrian Coast Express to Wolverhampton Low Level.

 

Unlike many places - Leicester being a prime example - Birmingham did not sell off the right of way after closure thus enabling the rebuilding when the time came around again when railways & tramways were needed.

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Taken on May 29, 2007