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Handsworth and Smethwick Station

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Handsworth & Smethwick station opened in 1854 on the GWR line from Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level, a project originally mooted by the Birmingham Wolverhampton & Dudley Railway: a company for whom the GWR offered 'guidance' and within a short time, complete absorption. The BW&D's influence can be seen in the station architecture. Its rigid block-like stylings are very distinctive and almost a carbon copy of their other stations on the line: West Bromwich and Wednesbury Central, for example. The station closed, along with the line, in 1972 after services being gradually run-down for the previous few years.

Andy Doherty

Views of Handsworth and Smethwick Station

Looking along Platform One of Handsworth & Smethwick station towards Wolverhampton with Watville Road bridge in the distance
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Anon
Looking along Platform One of the station towards Wolverhampton with Watville Road bridge in the distance
Close up showing Handsworth & Smethwick station's name board repainted in BR maroon and cream livery and the goods yard
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Anon
Close up showing the station's name board repainted in BR maroon and cream livery and the goods yard
Close up of the Wolverhampton end of Handsworth & Smethwick station's Platform One showing the porters barrow crossing
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Anon
The Wolverhampton end of Handsworth & Smethwick's Platform One showing the porters barrow crossing
Looking to Wolverhampton as an unidentified ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle class locomotive heads an up express through the station
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J Edgington
Looking to Wolverhampton as an unidentified Castle class locomotive heads an up express through the station
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T Prairie No 6105 arrives at Handsworth & Smethwick station at the head of a down local service to Wolverhampton Low Level
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Anon
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T Prairie No 6105 arrives at Handsworth & Smethwick station on a local service to Wolverhampton

An aerial view of Handsworth and Smethwick station and sidings seen on 18th April 1926
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Britain from Above
An aerial view of Handsworth and Smethwick station and sidings seen on 18th April 1926
View of Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Works next to Handsworth and Smethwick station in 1920
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Britain from Above
Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Works next to Handsworth and Smethwick station in 1920
One of the Great Western Railway ‘Train Describer’ instruments from Handsworth and Smethwick Signal Box
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M Vanns
One of the Great Western Railway ‘Train Describer’ instruments from Handsworth and Smethwick Signal Box
Handsworth & Smethwick station Totem sign in British Railways' corporate regional livery
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British Railways
Handsworth & Smethwick station's Totem sign in British Railways' corporate regional livery

Locomotives seen at or near to Handsworth and Smethwick Station

A pair of unidentified engines, a 4-6-0 Castle and an outside framed 4-4-0 are seen passing through the station on an up express service
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M Lock
A pair of unidentified engines, a 4-6-0 and a 4-4-0 are seen passing through the station on an up express service
Ex-LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No 48543 is seen passing through the station whilst at the head of an up freight on 31st December 1964
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J Cooper-Smith
Ex-LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No 48543 is seen passing through the station whilst at the head of an up freight
A pair of British Railways Class 40 locomotives, D235 and D216 'Campania' are seen passing Handsworth junction on 30th May 1965
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M Mensing
A pair of British Railways Class 40 locomotives, D235 and D216 'Campania' are seen passing Handsworth junction
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 6364 is seen standing in Handsworth sidings on 29th June 1964
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 6364 is seen standing in Handsworth sidings on 29th June 1964
Ex-GWR 0-6-2T 56xx Class No 5606 passes through Handsworth and Smethwick station on an up goods on 26th September 1964
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 0-6-2T 56xx Class No 5606 passes through Handsworth and Smethwick station on an up goods

Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 4148 heads a long mineral train near Handsworth and Smethwick station
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 Class No 4148 heads a long mineral train near Handsworth and Smethwick station
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92002 passes through Handsworth with oil train on 26th September 1964
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R Postill
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92002 passes through Handsworth with oil train on 26th September 1964
BR Standard Class 9 2-10-0 No 92204 is seen standing in Queens Head sidings on 28th May 1964
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R Postill
BR Standard Class 9 2-10-0 No 92204 is seen standing in Queens Head sidings on 28th May 1964
BR built Modified Hall 4-6-0 No 7915 'Mere Hall' approaches the station on 19th September 1964
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R Postill
BR built Modified Hall 4-6-0 No 7915 'Mere Hall' approaches the station on 19th September 1964
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48312 is seen running tender first through Handsworth and Smethwick station
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R Postill
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48312 is seen running tender first through Handsworth and Smethwick station

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48312 is seen at the head of a Type 7 working at Handsworth sidings on 26th September 1964
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R Postill
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48312 is seen at the head of a Type 7 working at Handsworth sidings on 26th September 1964
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46492 runs tender first through Handsworth and Smethwick station on 26th September 1964
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R Postill
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46492 is seen running tender first through the station on 26th September 1964
Map showing the location of Handsworth & Smethwick station and the access to the goods yard off Booth Street
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R Postill
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46492 passes through Handsworth and Smethwick station on 26th September 1964
Map showing the location of Handsworth & Smethwick station and the access to the goods yard off Booth Street
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R Postill
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6849 'Walton Grange' is seen standing at Handsworth and Smethwick signal box
Ex-GWR 57xx class 0-6-0PT No 8767 is seen running bunker first whilst at the head of a four wagon local coal service in March 1966
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A Muckley
Ex-GWR 57xx class 0-6-0PT No 8767 running bunker first whilst at the head of a local coal service in March 1966

Maps & Diagrams of Handsworth and Smethwick station and Miscellaneous items

Letter from the District Goods Manager to Mr E Murphy, in March 1907, about the temporary connection arrangements
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R Ferris
A March 1907 letter from the District Goods Manager to Mr E Murphy, about the temporary connection arrangements
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Handsworth and Smethwick South Signal Box
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Signalling Record Society
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Handsworth and Smethwick South Signal Box
Map showing the location of Handsworth & Smethwick station and the access to the goods yard off Booth Street
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Andy Doherty
Map showing the location of Handsworth & Smethwick station and the access to the goods yard off Booth Street