30th May 1959
Birmingham Area Rail Tour
|Locos Used||at least 58167, 58271 & 58283|
|Stock Used||6x LMS corridor coaches|
|DMU Used||6x ?Metro-Cammell? set|
Route : reporting number W721 throughout
|'Part 1'||58283 (1)||Birmingham New Street – Monument Lane – Harborne Jn – Harborne|
|'Part 1'||58271 (2) (4)||Harborne – Harborne Jn - Monument Lane – Birmingham New Street – Proof House Jn – Aston – Perry Barr Station Jn – Soho East Jn – Soho North Jn – Galton Jn – Smethwick Junction – Old Hill – Halesowen – Longbridge – Kings Norton – Bordesley Jn – St Andrews Jn – Proof House Jn – Birmingham New Street|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Birmingham New Street – Monument Lane – Soho East Jn – Perry Barr North Jn – Bescot – Darlaston – Darlaston Old – Wednesbury – Bescot Curve Jn – Pleck Jn – Walsall – Ryecroft Jn – North Walsall – Willenhall Stafford Street – Heath Town Jn – Wolverhampton LL – Cannock Road Jn – Bushbury Jn|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Bushbury Jn – Wolverhampton HL – Heath Town Jn – Willenhall Stafford Street – North Walsall Jn – Lichfield Road Jn – Aldridge|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Aldridge – Walsall Wood – Conduit Colliery|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Conduit Colliery – Walsall Wood – Aldridge – Castle Bromwich Jn - Saltley – Bordesley Jn – Lifford – Lifford West Jn – Bourneville – Church Road Jn – Birmingham Central|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Birmingham Central – Church Road Jn|
|'Part 2'||DMU as listed||Church Road Jn – Birmingham Central and New Street|
(1) 58271 on rear.
(2) 58283 on rear.
(3) Route confirmation required - above is what was printed on the tour ticket. Train/locos were photographed at;
(a) 58271 at Birmingham New Street, believed for the tour,
(b) at Harborne, headed by 58283...tailed by 58271,
(c) at Halesowen, headed by 58271,
(d) with 58167 'waiting to act as banker',
(e) DMU at Conduit Colliery (Brownhills) & Birmingham Central.
(4) Ian Clark confirms that 58167 was reported as assisting on the Halesowen branch.
Sources : Peter Darke & Ian Clark (SLS)
58283 at Harborne, on arrival from New Street (photo: Robert Darlaston)
58271 at Harborne, about to return to New Street, with 58283 on the rear.
(photo: Robert Darlaston)
58271 leads approaching at Harborne Jn (photo: Robert Darlaston)
The three unidentified photos below, all in the John Debens Collection,
display reporting code W721 and are believed to be of 'Part 2' of this
tour...unless you can confirm otherwise...
Help confirming the locations would also be very much appreciated.
From The John Debens Ticket Collection.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Ian Clark (SLS & Robert Darlaston)
|Birmingham New Street||13.20d||?|
|Harborne||13.32 ~ 13.50||??.?? ~ 13.52|
|Birmingham New Street||14.01 ~ 14.03||14.05 ~ ??.??|
|Perry Barr Station Jn||14/14||14/20|
|Soho East Jn||14/19||?|
|Smethwick Galton Jn||14.24 ~ 14.26||14.32 ~ 14.35|
|Smethwick Junction (GW)||14/28||14/37|
|Halesowen||14.45 ~ 14.50||14.55 ~ 15.05|
|Longbridge||15.02 ~ 15.07||15.35 ~ 15.40|
|Birmingham New Street||15.28a ~ 16.20d||?|
|Perry Barr North Jn||16/33||?|
|Darlaston||16.43 ~ 16.45||?|
|Darlaston Old||16.55 ~ 17.05||?|
|North Walsall Jn||17/23||?|
|Heath Town Jn||17.34 ~ 17.40||?|
|Wolverhampton LL||17.45 ~ 17.46||?|
|Bushbury Jn No.1||17.56 ~ 18.01||?|
|Heath Town Jn||18/10||?|
|North Walsall Jn||18/21||?|
|Lichfield Road Jn||18/26||?|
|Aldridge||18.30 ~ 18.34||?|
|Conduit Colliery||19.15 ~ 19.20||?|
|Castle Bromwich Jn||20/15||?|
|Lifford Station Jn||20/35||?|
|Jn from Lifford||20/43||?|
|Church Road Jn||20/51||?|
|Birmingham Central||20.55 ~ 21.02||?|
|Church Road Jn||21.07 ~ 21.10||?|
|Birmingham New Street||21.15a||?|
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