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Bordesley Station

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Bordesley station was opened in 1855 on the GWR Birmingham to Oxford line between Snow Hill and Acocks Green as Small Heath and Tyseley were not opened until some time later. Bordesley station was unusual because it was built entirely on a viaduct. Initially the station was a conventional two platform station with a large goods shed and sidings. As part of the extensive upgrade to the route in to Birmingham, which saw the construction of Moor Street to handle local passenger services, Bordesley station was upgraded to a two-island platform facility, with one island handling local passenger services to and from Moor Street and the other handling traffic to and from Snow Hill.

The station provided significant cattle facilities adjacent to and on Duddeston Viaduct, the long abandoned aborted link to the London & Birmingham Railway's Curzon Street station. Between Small Heath and Bordesley was a significant goods yard facility. Whilst in the 1930s eleven or twelve staff were employed at the station the loss of traffic in the 1960s saw the station downgraded to provide a minimal level of passenger services mainly concentrated on providing football fans access to Birmingham City's St Andrews football ground.

Simon Richards wrote, 'I've read your pages on Bordesley station with interest. The first time I remember using the station was in 1968 as an 8 year old. It was just before the current layout. This what I believe - The entrance wasn't the current one it was to left (if facing towards Small Heath}. You went in and turned right to get to the stairs. In front of you was a ticket office - which even then had been closed. Soon after the entrance was bricked up. At the bottom of the stairs you can see where the way to the ticket office was.'

Robert Ferris provided the following extract from:

The Locomotive News and Railway Notes Journal, Volume VII – No 41, published 10th November 1920.

A Birmingham reader, Mr T Hinckley, some time ago forwarded particulars of locomotives seen during two hours at Bordesley Station. While we do not propose to print these in full, the following extract may be of interest:
Bordesley is the first station on the main line south of Snow Hill, although the Moor Street terminus, used for suburban traffic, is between the two; consequently trains going north from Bordesley may be either main line trains to Snow Hill and the North, or locals terminating at Moor Street; also trains on the main line pass outside Moor Street Station, and can be seen from the platforms.
The Moor Street locals are worked by auto-trains, 0-4-2T Nos 1425 and 1155, and 0-6-0ST No 2124 being on these in July last.
The Snow Hill locals are worked mainly by ‘Camel’ tanks, e.g., No 3602, 3603, 3604, 3608, and 2-6-2T, e.g., 3913, 3918, 3920, although No 627 (2-4-0T) was also observed.
The main line goods traffic is worked by various types, of which the numbers given were noted; 2-8-0 No 3000 and ROD 1739; 2-6-0 No 2606 (NA); 0-6-0 No 1092; 0-6-0ST No 1136; 0-6-0 No 2337; etc.
The 2.55 p.m. (ex Snow Hill) up express was hauled by No 4043 ‘Prince Henry’, while the 4-4-0 types were also in evidence, e.g., No 4159 ‘Anemone’, No 3305 ‘Tintagel’ (HFD) or (CDF), No 3264 ‘Trevethick’.
There is a good deal of light engine working to and from Tyseley shed, and one of the most interesting engines noted was No 322, an old Beyer Peacock saddle tank.
Thus it will be seen that GWR enthusiasts visiting Birmingham might do worse than spend an hour at Bordesley, especially with a camera as a companion.

Bordesley Photographs (47) GWR Article - Reconstruction of Bordesley Viaduct GWR Publication – Named Freight Trains
GWR Appendix to STT (Bordesley Junction & Station) GWR Service Time Table (GW Shunting & LMS Trips) GWR Appendix to STT
(Whistle Codes & other infomation)

Entrance to the second Bordesley passenger station which was located beneath the Coventry Road bridge
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MA King
Entrance to the second Bordesley passenger station which was located beneath the Coventry Road bridge
Looking towards Bordesley High Street in 1964 showing Bordesley	 Station's roadside entrance and booking hall
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RM Casserley
Looking towards Bordesley High Street in 1964 showing Bordesley Station's roadside entrance and booking hall
Looking North towards Snow Hill station from the end of the island platform serving the up and down main lines on 26th July 1929
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GWR Magazine
A trolley bus for the city passes under the plate girder bridge over the Coventry Road on 30th June 1951
Photograph  showing one of three steel plate girders used in the reconstruction of the Coventry Road Bridge
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GWR Magazine
Photograph showing one of three steel plate girders used in the reconstruction of the Coventry Road Bridge
Close up showing the far end of the station and the overbridge girders which spanned Coventry Road
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the far end of the station and the overbridge girders which spanned Coventry Road

Close up showing the down and up main platforms and the two buildings for passenger facilities
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the down and up main platforms and the two buildings for passenger facilities
Looking towards Tyseley along the down main island platform with Adderley Street bridge girders in the near distance
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RM Casserley
Looking to Tyseley along the down main island platform with Adderley Street bridge girders in the near distance
Close up showing the main up and down platforms with the odd extension that accommodated the stairs to Coventry Road
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RM Casserley
Close up showing the main up and down platforms with the unusual building leading to the stairs to Coventry Road
Close up showing the relief down platforms with the staggered odd extension that accommodated the stairs to Coventry Road
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RM Casserley
Close up of the relief down platforms and the building which accommodated the stairs to Coventry Road
Looking towards Tyseley from the edge of the island platform that served the relief lines at Bordesley Station
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R Nelson
Looking towards Tyseley from the edge of the island platform that served the relief lines at Bordesley Station

Looking South towards Leamington with the bridge carrying the Midland Railways' Washwood Heath to Camp Hill line in the distance
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C Gilbert
Looking South to Leamington with the bridge carrying the MR' Washwood Heath to Camp Hill line in the distance
Looking towards Moor Street with the down and up relief island platforms on the left and the main down and up island platforms on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Moor Street with the down and up relief on the left and the main down and up on the right
Close up of the relief down and up platforms and buildings with the steps to the road at the far end
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the relief down and up platforms and buildings with the steps to the road at the far end
Looking North towards Snow Hill station from the end of the island platform serving the up and down main lines on 26th July 1929
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C Gilbert
Looking North towards Snow Hill station from the end of the island platform serving the up and down main lines
A 1929 view from the south end of Bordesley Station showing part of the bridge and the staggered platforms
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C Gilbert
A 1929 view from the south end of Bordesley Station showing part of the bridge and the staggered platforms

Bordesley Green Goods Yard and Shed

A 1931 GWR publicity aerial view of Bordesley warehouse showing its juxtaposition to the ex-MR Camp Hill line
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GWR Magazine
A 1931 GWR publicity aerial view of Bordesley warehouse showing its juxtaposition to the ex-MR Camp Hill line
A 1931 GWR publicity photograph of Bordesley warehouse seen from the GWR Oxford to Snow Hill main line
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GWR Magazine
A GWR publicity photograph of Bordesley warehouse seen from the GWR Oxford to Snow Hill main line
Close up showing a water column, fire devil and the signals controlling access from the new sidings
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GWR Magazine
Close up showing a water column, fire devil and the signals controlling access from the new sidings
View of Bordesley Goods Yard looking south towards Small Heath station and showing Small Heath Road bridge crossing the GWR line in the distance
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R Pixton
Bordesley Goods Yard looking south showing Small Heath Road bridge crossing the GWR line in the distance
Close up of the arrival sidings on the left of Bordesley yard with a mix of wagons and vans in evidence
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R Pixton
Close up of the arrival sidings on the left of Bordesley yard with a mix of wagons and vans in evidence

Close up of the six main running lines to Moor Street station and the throat of the Caledonia yard
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R Pixton
Close up of the six main running lines to Moor Street station and the throat of the Caledonia yard
Close up of an unknown BR Class 08 Diesel at work with a GWR shunters truck attached in front
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R Pixton
Close up of an unknown BR Class 08 Diesel at work with a GWR shunters truck attached in front
A composite image showing a photo and diagram of an Overhead Runway System used to handle goods
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GWR
A composite image showing a photo and diagram of an Overhead Runway System used to handle goods
A Shunters truck specially constructed to enable Shunters to safely travel on them within marshalling yards
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Anon
A Shunters truck specially constructed to enable Shunters to safely travel on them within marshalling yards
A photograph from Mr G Buckeley's book on Mechanical Appliances for Handling Railway Traffic
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G Buckeley
A photograph from Mr G Buckeley's book on Mechanical Appliances for Handling Railway Traffic

Views of Bordesley Viaduct

View of Duddeston Viaduct showing the main structure was still substantially intact some 130 years later
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PB Whitehouse
View of Duddeston Viaduct showing the main structure was still substantially intact some 130 years later
Another view of the 355 yards long Viaduct originally built to connect the B&OJR line Curzon Street station
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Millbrook House Ltd
Another view of the 355 yards long Viaduct originally built to connect the B&OJR line Curzon Street station
Removal of subsidiary brick arches from the supporting piers during the remodelling of the viaduct in 1939
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GWR Magazine
Removal of subsidiary brick arches from the supporting piers during the remodelling of the viaduct in 1939
A six ton steam crane removes old brickwork during the partial reconstruction of Bordesley Viaduct in 1939
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GWR Magazine
A six ton steam crane removes old brickwork during the partial reconstruction of Bordesley Viaduct in 1939
Bordesley North Signal Box viewed from the Birmingham city-centre side on 20th March 1966
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C Gilbert
Bordesley North Signal Box viewed from the Birmingham city-centre side on 20th March 1966

Close up showing the signal box that controlled the crossovers and junction with the sidings to the west of Bordesley station
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PB Whitehouse
Close up showing Bordesley signal box which controlled the crossovers and junction with the sidings
Looking towards Moor St with the spur to the unfinished Duddeston Viaduct to connect to the LNWR's Curzon St station on the left
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PB Whitehouse
Looking to Moor St with the spur to the unfinished Duddeston Viaduct to the LNWR on the left
Close up of Bordesley station's cattle dock with two cattle vans and three open seven-plank wagons in evidence
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PB Whitehouse
Close up of Bordesley cattle dock with two cattle vans and three open seven-plank wagons in evidence

Locomotives and trains seen at or near to Bordesley Green station

View of Bordesley Curve as a Derby DMU unit descends to join the ex-GWR line with a southbound service
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G Adams
View of Bordesley Curve as a Derby DMU unit descends to join the ex-GWR line with a southbound service
An unidentified ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive is seen on up express parcels service as it passes through the station
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RS Carpenter
An unidentified ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive is seen on up express parcels service passing through the station
Close up showing an ex-GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier tank marshalling a long coal train as it prepares to set back to Bordesley sidings
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RS Carpenter
Close up of the ex-GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier tank marshalling a long coal train into Bordesley sidings
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT No 3673, a class 51xx locomotive, is seen at the head of a freight passing under the former Midland line to Camp Hill
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G Adams
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT No 3673 is seen at the head of a freight passing under the former Midland line to Camp Hill
An unidentified ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' locomotive runs bunker first with a Class B local passenger service
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Rail Archive Stephenson
An unidentified ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' locomotive runs bunker first with a Class B local passenger service

Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 44816 traverses the ex-MR Camp Hill to Saltley line with a goods train on 20th July 1961
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 44816 traverses the ex-MR Camp Hill to Saltley line with a goods train on 20th July 1961
A DMU service approaches Moor Street from the south as it passes over Bordesley Viaduct on 6th September 1966
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Birmingham Post
A DMU approaches Moor Street from the south as it passes over Bordesley Viaduct on 6th September 1966
Looking north from Bordesley South Signal Box as a class 9F 2-10-0 crosses the ex-MR viaduct with a freight
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G Adams
Looking north from Bordesley South Signal Box as a class 9F 2-10-0 crosses the ex-MR viaduct with a freight
Ex-GWR class 38XX 2-8-0 No 3864 with a block oil train on the Down Main at the southern end of the Station
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R Buckley
Ex-GWR class 38XX 2-8-0 No 3864 with a block oil train on the Down Main at the southern end of the Station
Ex-GWR class 43xx 2-6-0 with a down block oil train on the Down Main at the southern end of Bordesley Station
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C Flemens
Great Western Railway 30xx class 2-8-0 No 3012 with a class F unfitted freight from Moor Street Goods Yard

Ex-Great Western Railway 43xx class 2-6-0 No 5339 approaching Bordesley on the down main line on 13th August 1955
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G Adams
Ex-GWR 43xx class 2-6-0 No 5339 approaching Bordesley on the down main line on 13th August 1955
View showing the northern elevation of the viaduct with a Prairie tank on the down main line with a north bound freight
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C Walker
View showing the northern elevation of the viaduct with a Prairie tank on the down main line with a north bound freight

Maps of Bordesley Green station and Goods Yard

View of Bordesley Station prior to the First World War showing the original station layout complete with goods shed
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Ordance Survey
View of Bordesley Station prior to the First World War showing the original station layout complete with goods shed
Map showing the 1930s Bordesley warehouse on the left, hemmed in by the Grand Union Canal and MR Viaduct
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Ordance Survey
Map showing the 1930s Bordesley warehouse on the left, hemmed in by the Grand Union Canal and MR Viaduct
View of Bordesley Goods Yard to the West of Jenkins Street bridge showing the extensive sidings and Bordesley Junction Signal Box
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Ordance Survey
Bordesley Goods Yard to the West of Jenkins Street bridge showing the sidings and Bordesley Junction Signal Box
View of Bordesley Goods Yard to the East of Jenkins Street bridge showing the extensive sidings and Small Heath North Signal Box
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Ordance Survey
Bordesley Goods Yard to the East of Jenkins Street bridge showing the sidings and Small Heath North Signal Box
Map showing the position of Bordesley station on south of the Coventry Road bridge
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A Doherty
Map showing the position of Bordesley station on south of the Coventry Road bridge