SO9199 : Old Great Western line at Springfield

taken 26 years ago, near to Wolverhampton, Great Britain

Old Great Western line at Springfield
Old Great Western line at Springfield
The line was built by the Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton, Dudley & Birmingham Railway and opened in 1849. Like a lot of small railway companines, they had more words in their name than money in their bank account, and by 1854 they had changed their name (The Shrewsbury & Birminghame Railway) and sold out to the Great Western. Near here was the northern limit of Brunel's broad gauge. The line closed as a through route in 1972, but this section was in use until shortly before this picture was taken as a spur, used for reversing coal trains before the construction of the Oxley Chord just beyond the bridge. On the right is Mitchell & Butler's Springfield Brewery, which at this point had been closed for a couple of years and was in use as storage units. I know, because one of my first jobs as a lorry driver was to pick up a load of chairs from here! Can't remember the date, but at a guess this was taken around April 1993.
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Date Taken
April 1993   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Place (from Tags)
Railway (from Tags)
Great Western Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9182 9959 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.6426N 2:7.3313W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9182 9945
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Railway Remains  Course of Old Railway  Closed Brewery 

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