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Acocks Green & South Yardley Station

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Acocks Green & South Yardley station was built as part of the GWR's route from Paddington to Snow Hill, being located to the south of Tyseley Junction station. Open for passengers on 30th September 1852 the station was originally named Acocks Green and not, as the London Illustrated News named it, Haycocks Green. In 1878 the station was renamed Acocks Green and South Yardley in an attempt to reach for the growing to commuter traffic. The station reverted to its original name of Acocks Green on 6th May 1968. The station never had any local goods facilities because of its proximity to extensive goods facilities in Birmingham and Tyseley but it did have a parcels service, the description being very generous in its application. Its original two platforms served the station up to the turn of the century when in response to the growing population of Birmingham it was rebuilt, at the same time as Tyseley station, with two island platforms to service the intensive commuter traffic now being generated. Acocks Green developed as a 'railway suburb', initially for wealthy business people and those retiring to the country. Whilst the line to Birmingham was initially promoted as the Birmingham and Oxford Junction Railway the Great Western Railway became the promoter and therefore built it as a mixed gauge route accommodating both broad and narrow' gauge traffic. The GWR lost the 'Battle of the Gauges' and the third rail on the route was removed by 1869. A mile-long cutting had to be excavated to reach the site of Acocks Green station. The first station had a couple of sheds, a man porter, a lad porter, two signalmen and a station master. The signalman was obliged to walk along the line to work the signals until around 1880 when a signal box was erected. In 1878 the station had been renamed Acocks Green and South Yardley.

The wide track clearance between the original station's platform faces was a legacy of the station's Broad Gauge days. The construction works of 1906 involved widening the site, with the left hand platform becoming an island with a new line passing behind it. Likewise with the right hand platform, where a passenger line and a goods loop were installed. New buildings were erected with a road level building accommodating the booking office being erected on the bridge carrying Sherbourne Road over the railway. The contractor was Mr H Lovatt of Clarence Street, Wolverhampton. Muddy Lane's (Woodberry Walk, also known on old postcards as Woodcock Lane, which used to go as far as the Avenue) brick built bridge was replaced by them in accordance with the contract, although it had originally been built with accommodation for four tracks (Bridge 125¾). 83 charges of tonite were placed in previously drilled holes in the brickwork. Two hours occupation was allowed to protect the main line with timbers, blow up the structure and clear the debris! The station has since the late 1960s had one of the island platforms removed reflecting the drop in passenger traffic due to the growth of road competition. In the 21st century this is now being reinstated.

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The Original Acocks Green & South Yardley Station

Looking towards the road bridge adjacent to Acocks Green station which is to the left of Sherbourne Road
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking towards the road bridge adjacent to Acocks Green station which is to the left of Sherbourne Road
Looking towards Birmingham along the up line with Acocks Green's main station building on the left and the up platform waiting room on the right
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking towards Birmingham along the up line with Acocks Green's main station building located on the left
Looking towards Leamington from the Birmingham end of the up platform as a local passenger train for Snow Hill arrives at the down platform
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking towards Leamington as a local passenger train for Snow Hill arrives at the down platform
An Edwardian view of Acocks Green station looking towards Birmingham as a local passenger service departs from the down platform
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An Edwardian view of Acocks Green station as a local passenger service departs from the down platform
 Close up showing Acock Green station's down platform, station staff and passengers after disembarking from train
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Close up showing Acock Green station's down platform, station staff and passengers after disembarking from train

Close up showing the GWR local passenger service leaving the station for Birmingham and a PW gang working on the track
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Close up of the local service leaving the station for Birmingham and a PW gang working on the track
Another Edwardian view of Acocks Green station from the Leamington end of the up platform looking towards Birmingham
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Edwardian view of the station from the Leamington end of the up platform looking towards Birmingham
Close up of Acocks Green station's down platform with passengers waiting the arrival of a local service to Birmingham Snow Hill
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Close up of the station's down platform with passengers waiting the arrival of a local service to Snow Hill
Close up of the Birmingham end of the up platform showing Acocks Green first signal box and the up passenger building
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Close up of the up platform showing Acocks Green first signal box and the up passenger building
An Edwardian view of Acocks Green station looking in the direction of Leamington as a down train approaches
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An Edwardian view of Acocks Green station looking in the direction of Leamington as a down train approaches

Close up of Acocks Green station's up platform and waiting room showing the curvature of the track in the Leamington direction
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Close up showing the curvature of the track in the distance and the station's up platform and waiting room
Close up of Acocks Green station's down platform housing the booking office, general waiting room and ladies room
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Close up of the station's down platform housing the booking office, general waiting room and ladies room
View of the down platform which is full of passengers waiting for a local passenger train to Snow Hill
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RS Carpenter
View of the down platform which is full of passengers waiting for a local passenger train to Snow Hill

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Acocks Green & South Yardley Station during and after quadrupling

Looking towards Acocks Green's new road side station building from Sherbourne Road showing building work still being undertaken above the up main line
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking from Sherbourne Road to the new road side station with building work still being undertaken
View of Acocks Green's station building housing the booking office and sited at road level with two horse-drawn vehicles outside of the building
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Acocks Green History Society
Acocks Green's station sited at road level housing the booking office with two horse drawn vehicles outside
An external view of Acocks Green station's 1933 built booking office which was located at road level on Sherbourne Road bridge
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An external view of the 1906 station building which was located at road level on Sherbourne Road bridge
View of Acocks Green & South Yardley station being rebuilt with the boundary line marked by timber posts
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Acocks Green History Society
View of Acocks Green & South Yardley station being rebuilt with the boundary line marked by timber posts
Looking towards Birmingham showing the down relief island platform being built prior to the construction of the main up and down island platforms
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Acocks Green History Society
The down relief island platform being built prior to the construction of the main up and down island platforms

Looking towards Leamington as a local passenger service from Leamington arrives at the down relief platform with the down loop line on its right
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking to Leamington as a local service arrives at the down relief platform with the down loop line on its right
Looking towards Leamington as a local passenger train passes under the footbridge as it arrives at the down main platform
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking to Leamington as a local passenger train arrives at the down main platform from under the footbridge
A pre-1913 view showing the north (Birmingham) end of the station with the main lines running through the centre
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Acocks Green History Society
A pre-1913 view showing the north (Birmingham) end of the station with the main lines running through the centre
View of Acocks Green station looking towards Birmingham along relief platform 3 and staff posed on the down main platform
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Acocks Green station looking to Birmingham along platform 3 with staff posed on the down main platform
Close up of Acocks Green station's passenger building located on the island housing platforms 3 and 4
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Close up of Acocks Green station's passenger building located on the island housing platforms 3 and 4

Close up showing part of the new road side station which included the booking office and a footbridge to both platforms
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Close up of part of the new station which included the booking office and a footbridge to both platforms
Looking towards Leamington with Acocks Green signal box and Woodcock Lane road bridge in the distance prior to the building of the passenger footbridge
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking towards Leamington with Acocks Green signal box and Woodcock Lane road bridge in the distance
Looking towards Birmingham from the down main platform as passengers alight from an up local train on the up relief line
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Acocks Green History Society
Looking to Birmingham from the down main platform as passengers alight from a local train on the up relief line
Looking towards Birmingham Snow Hill with the relef down and up platforms on the left and the main down and up platforms on the right
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Looking to Snow Hill with the relef down and up platforms on the left and the main down and up platforms on the right
Close up of Acocks Green station's island relief platform with platform No 4 on the left and platform No 3 on the right
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Close up of Acocks Green station's island relief platform with platform No 4 on the left and platform No 3 on the right

Close up of Acocks Green station's main island platform with the down main platform nearest the camera and the up platform the other side
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Close up of Acocks Green station's main island platform with the down main platform nearest the camera
Looking across from the relief island platform to the main island platform showing the floral display beds with the original covered footbridge in the background
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V Blick
Looking to the main island platform with floral display beds with the covered footbridge in the background
Looking from the main island platform across to the relief island platform showing another floral display on the platform
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V Blick
Looking from the main island platform across to the relief island platform showing another floral bed on display
Looking across from the main island platforms to the relief island platforms in the general direction of Leamington showing the passenger footbridge
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V Blick
Looking across from the main island platforms to the relief island platforms towards Leamington
Looking along Platform 1 from beneath the canopy sometime during the late 1950s early 1960s
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Anon
Looking along Platform 1 from beneath the canopy sometime during the late 1950s early 1960s

Looking towards Birmingham along the station's No 2 platform which was located on the island platform between both of the 'main' lines
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Looking to Tyseley along No 2 platform, located on the island platform between both of the 'main' lines
Photograph showing the demolition of a bridge near Acocks Green appeared in the GWR Magazine of March 1906
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Great Western Railway
Photograph showing the demolition of a bridge near Acocks Green appeared in the GWR Magazine of March 1906
The short wooden centre pivoted Down Main Starting Signal controlled by signal wire from Acocks Green Signal Box
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J Moss
The short wooden post with a centre pivoted Down Main Starting Signal controlled by Acocks Green Signal Box
An example of the Great Western Railway's information posters issued during the First World War
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An example of the Great Western Railway's information posters issued during the First World War
A 1916 Ordnance Survey map showing the four platform layout of the rebuilt Acocks Green & South Yardley station
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Ordance Survey
A 1916 OS map showing the four platform layout of the rebuilt Acocks Green & South Yardley station

A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Acocks Green Signal Box showing the track layout and signalling arrangement post 29th June 1947
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Signalling Record Society
Diagram for Acocks Green showing the track layout and signalling arrangement post 29th June 1947

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Locomotives and trains seen at or near Acocks Green & South Yardley Station

GWR 4-2-2 'Achilles class' No 3050 'Royal Sovereign' is seen standing on the down relief line at the head of a Birmingham bound train
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HW Burman
GWR 4-2-2 'Achilles class' No 3050 'Royal Sovereign' stands on the down relief line with a Birmingham bound train
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7008 'Swansea Castle' approaches Woodcock Lane bridge at the head of an up express
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Mike Clark
BR built 4-6-0 No 7008 'Swansea Castle' approaches Woodcock Lane bridge at the head of an up express
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' is seen at the head of a down express service emanating from the south
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An ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' is seen at the head of a down express service emanating from the south
Ex-Great Western Railway 43XX class 2-6-0 No7307 in unlined green livery leaves Acocks Green Station
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M Mensing
Ex-Great Western Railway 43XX class 2-6-0 No7307 in unlined green livery leaves Acocks Green Station
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6017 'King Edward IV' passes through Acocks Green station on the down main on 4 th July 1959
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6017 'King Edward IV' passes through Acocks Green station on the down main on 4 th July 1959

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BR 2-10-0 9F No 92239 is seen heading a mixed freight service on the down relief line on 7th September 1960
Ex-WD 2-8-0 No 90268 heads an unfitted freight through the station on the down relief lines on 8th May 1961
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Ex-WD 2-8-0 No 90268 heads an unfitted freight through the station on the down relief lines on 8th May 1961
Ex-GWR 2-8-0 28xx Class No 2818 is seen with a fitted freight passing through the station's down main line
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Ex-GWR 2-8-0 28xx Class No 2818 is seen with a fitted freight passing through the station's down main line
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Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 6349 stands at platform 1 with the 6:05pm Snow Hill to Leamington service
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 61xx Class No 6144 restarts from the down loop line with empty local carriage stock stock in July 1961
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Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 61xx Class No 6144 restarts from the down loop line with empty local carriage stock stock

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6011 'King James I' passes through the station with the 11:10am Paddington to Birkenhead service
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6011 'King James I' passes through with the 11:10am Paddington to Birkenhead service
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 60xx Class No 6025 'King Henry III' passes through the station with the 11:10am Paddington to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli on 31st March 1962
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M Mensing
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6025 'King Henry III' passes through with the 11:10am Paddington to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 4073 Class No 5033 'Broughton Castle' passes south with the diverted Pines Express on 10th September 1962
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M Mensing
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 4073 Class No 5033 'Broughton Castle' passes south with the diverted Pines Express
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Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 6349 arriving with the 6:05pm Snow Hill to Leamington service on 21st April 1960
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 4114 restarts with an empty stock working from the station's goods loop on 22nd July 1959
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Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 4114 restarts an empty stock working from the loop line on 22nd July 1959

Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 5163 stands on the up relief line platform with a Moor Street to Leamington service in 1957
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TJ Edgington
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 5163 stands on the up relief line platform with a Moor Street to Leamington service
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 41xx Class No 4108 pauses at Acocks Green station's platform 3 with a local Moor Street to Leamington service
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R Darlaston
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 41xx Class No 4108 pauses at platform 3 with a local Moor Street to Leamington service
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 4073 Class No 5036 'Lyonshall Castle' passes through the station on a down express in June 1957
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R Darlaston
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 4073 Class No 5036 'Lyonshall Castle' passes through the station on a down express in June 1957
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4118, in unlined black livery, hauls a class F (7) freight past Acocks Green Signal Box
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Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4118, in unlined black livery, hauls a class F (7) freight past Acocks Green Signal Box

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Diesel Dawn

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Western Region D1046 'Western Marquis' is seen at the head of a Pullman express on 7th January 1963
Western Region D1062 'Western Courier' heads the 5:28pm Snow Hill to Knowle & Dorridge local stopping train on 9th May 1963
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Western Region D1062 'Western Courier' heads the 5:28pm Snow Hill to Knowle & Dorridge local stopping train

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