SP1382 : Olton railway station photo-survey (8)

taken 9 years ago, near to Olton, Solihull, Great Britain

Olton railway station photo-survey (8)
Olton railway station photo-survey (8)
Class 168 four-car diesel train number 168002 accelerates away from Olton station having passed through non-stop. The train (operated by Chiltern Railways and pictured here on a Marylebone to Birmingham service) is crossing the bridge over Richmond Road. Note the overgrown and disused platform to the left of the photo (see below).

Olton is on the ex-GWR (Great Western Railway) London to Birmingham line. It serves the suburbs of Olton and Ulverley Green about six miles east-southeast of Birmingham city centre. The line was originally built with double track and Olton station had two facing platforms, one either side of the two through lines. However, in the early 1930s the GWR quadrupled the track in the Birmingham area to cope with greatly increased suburban traffic. After quadrupling, Olton station had two island platforms, one serving the two down lines, the other serving the two up lines.

Today, the route is reduced to two tracks again and one of Olton's 1930s island platforms (the one on the east side of the site) serves both the up and down lines. The other island platform is no longer accessible and is very overgrown.

Olton station is operated by London Midland as part of Network West Midlands and is a designated rail/bus interchange point. The majority of train services are operated by London Midland but some Chiltern Railways trains call at Olton.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 8 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 October, 2009
Railway station platforms   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 133 823 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.3215N 1:48.3115W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 133 822
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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