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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Hockley Station

Hockley Station (28) Hockley Goods Yard (137)

Hockley Station was an intermediate station on the Great Western Railway's line from Paddington to Birkenhead via Snow Hill serving the Hockley area of Birmingham. It was around one mile north west from Snow Hill station. The station opened in 1854 and lasted for the duration of the line's original life, although after the electrification of the West Coast and Birmingham lines this was only from Stourport, eventually closing with the line in 1972. The passenger station was a fairly modest affair (at least by GWR standards) comprising two bay and one island platform with the usual GWR hallmark platform buildings with their distinctive canopies and valancing. The station was accessed via an entrance below track level off Icknield Street.

GWR railway photo
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Roger Carpenter
A March 1966 view of the entrance to Hockley passenger station which was accessed via Park Road
Another view of the entrance to Hockley passenger station accessed via Park Road, seen in March 1967
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G Skelsey
Another view of the entrance to Hockley passenger station accessed via Park Road, seen in March 1967
View looking along the length of Icknield Street as it passes under Hockley station and goods yard in the 1960s
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John Davies
View looking along the length of Icknield Street as it passes under Hockley station and goods yard in the 1960s
Looking towards Snow Hill with the station in the centre, gantry crane on the left and the sheds on the right
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NRM
Looking towards Snow Hill with the station in the centre, gantry crane on the left and the sheds on the right
Close up showing the station as a local service stands at platform 2 whilst a down service leaves platform 3
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NRM
Close up showing the station as a local service stands at platform 2 whilst a down service leaves platform 3

Looking along the up main line in the direction of Wolverhampton with Hockley Goods Yard on the left
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G Skelsey
Looking along the up main line in the direction of Wolverhampton with Hockley Goods Yard on the left
Looking along Platform 2 south towards Birmingham Snow Hill with a GWR water crane seen on the right
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JH Moss
Looking along Platform 2 south towards Birmingham Snow Hill with a GWR water crane seen on the right
Looking along Platform One towards Snow Hill from the Wolverhampton end of the station
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Lens of Sutton
Looking along Platform One towards Snow Hill from the Wolverhampton end of the station
Close up of the buildings on the up platform and the large disc signals provided in lieu of semaphore arms
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the buildings on the up platform and the large disc signals provided in lieu of semaphore arms
Close up showing the Snow Hill end of the island platform with the lift tower and steps visible on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the Snow Hill end of the island platform with the lift tower and steps visible on the right

Looking along Platform One towards Birmingham with the lift shaft on the island platforms on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Looking along Platform One towards Birmingham with the lift shaft on the island platforms on the right
Close up showing the lift shaft, signals and water crane located at the Birmingham end of the island platforms
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the lift shaft, signals and water crane located at the Birmingham end of the island platforms
Looking towards Snow Hill from the Birmingham end of the island platform showing the water crane and fogman's hut
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Anon
Looking to Snow Hill from the Birmingham end of the island platform showing the water crane and fogman's hut
Looking to Soho from the Birmingham end of the island platform with All Saints Street bridge crossing the railway
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Lens of Sutton
Looking to Soho from the Birmingham end of the island platform with All Saints Street bridge crossing the railway

Trains seen at or near Hockley Station

Close up showing an unidentified GWR 2-6-2T Prairie locomotive running bunker first from platform 3 at Hockley station
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NRM
Close up of an unidentified GWR 2-6-2T Prairie locomotive running bunker first from platform 3 at Hockley station
Ex Great Western Railway 43xx class 2-6-0 No 6342 in an unlined black livery passes through Hockley
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S Richards
A GWR 3206 (Barnum) class 2-4-0 locomotive with an ambulance train speeds past Hockley Station
Ex Great Western Railway 43xx class 2-6-0 No 6342 in an unlined black livery passes through Hockley
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Roger Carpenter
Ex Great Western Railway 43xx class 2-6-0 No 6342 in an unlined black livery passes through Hockley
Ex Great Western Railway 2-8-0 28xx heavy freight class No 2823 stands on one of Hockley goods yard's sidings
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Roger Carpenter
Ex Great Western Railway 2-8-0 28xx heavy freight class No 2823 stands on one of Hockley goods yard's sidings
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7902 'Eaton Mascot Hall' on an express service through Hockley passenger station
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Roger Carpenter
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7902 'Eaton Mascot Hall' on an express service through Hockley passenger station

GWR 2-6-2T No 4146 passes through Hockley station on the through down main line with a service for Dudley
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M Mensing
GWR 2-6-2T No 4146 passes through Hockley station on the through down main line with a service for Dudley
BR built 4-6-0 Modified Hall No 7919 'Runter Hall' passes through Hockley Station on the down main line
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M Mensing
BR built 4-6-0 Modified Hall No 7919 'Runter Hall' passes through Hockley Station on the down main line
A single car DMU passes through Hockley station on the 2:55pm Snow Hill station to Dudley service
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M Mensing
A single car DMU passes through Hockley station on the 2:55pm Snow Hill station to Dudley service

Maps of Hockley Station and Goods Depot

An 1888 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds
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National Library of Scotland
An 1888 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds
An 1888 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left
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National Library of Scotland
An 1888 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left
A 1902 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds
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National Library of Scotland
A 1902 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds
A 1902 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left
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National Library of Scotland
A 1902 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left
A 1913 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds
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National Library of Scotland
A 1913 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map showing Hockley station, goods yard and transit sheds

A 1913 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left
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National Library of Scotland
A 1913 25 inch to the mile OS map showing the Inwards shed on the right and the Outwards shed on the left

Hockley Station (28) Hockley Goods Yard (137)