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Adderley Park Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

Adderley Park station was opened on 1st August 1860, a small two-platform on the outskirts of the centre of Birmingham and was used by passengers to access local factories as well as local residents travelling to Birmingham. The passenger platforms were located to the east of Bordesley Green Road, which was crossed the line by overbridge. Access to the platforms was via steps from the roadway with a booking office being provided on each platform. However for many years its main function was to collect and to inspect tickets from all trains travelling in to New Street. The reason being was that New Street was an open station which had no ticket barriers and to prevent fraud this process was handled at the last stations before New Street. Monument Lane on the Stour Valley line to Wolverhampton performed the equivalent function for trains from the North. In 1895 there were nine down trains and twelve up trains calling at the station. By 1944 the number had increased to fourteen trains in each direction. The station's signal cabin closed on 4th June 1966 after the commissioning of New Street Power Box. A second but smaller signal cabin, Adderley Park No 2, existed at the western end of the sidings on the up side but had removed by 1929.

Goods traffic was first handled in 1877, and the yard, marshalling sidings, and carriage sidings were to the east of Bordesley Green Road. Access to the sidings and yard was off the up goods loop, which ran from Grand Junction (where the MR/LNWR routes into New Street station converge) to Adderley Park. In addition to the marshalling sidings which accommodated 246 wagons and the coal yard which accommodated a further 60 wagons, there were a number of private sidings. These included the Garrison Farm Brickworks (later Midland Brickworks) and Adderley Park Brick Works both being accessed off the up goods loop. However the sidings serving Brown Marshall's Britannia Railway Carriage Works, once one of the leading carriage and wagon manufacturers in the country, actually came off the up main itself. The site later passed on to Wolsey Motors and then to Austin Motors. The up loopline was eventually converted into a bidirectional siding, a facing lead being laid into the down main.

Adderley Park Station buildings

Looking towards Coventry with the station just beyond Bordesley Green Road with the up platform on the left
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Coventry with the station just beyond Bordesley Green Road with the up platform on the left
Close up showing the porter's barrow crossing which ran between the two platforms beneath the road bridge
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the porter's barrow crossing which ran between the two platforms beneath the road bridge
Looking towards Birmingham from the Stechford end of the up platform with the extensive sidings on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Birmingham from the Stechford end of the up platform with the extensive sidings on the right
View of the main station building located on the up platform with a station porter entering the booking office
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DJ Norton
View of the main station building located on the up platform with a station porter entering the booking office
Looking along the deep cutting towards Coventry from Bordesley Green Road bridge on 4th June 1960
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DJ Norton
Looking along the deep cutting towards Coventry from Bordesley Green Road bridge on 4th June 1960

Close up showing Adderley Park signal cabin and the short head shunt protecting the down main line
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DJ Norton
Close up showing Adderley Park signal cabin and the short head shunt protecting the down main line
View of Adderley Park station's original down platform waiting room seen after the line had been electrified
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R Powell-Hendry
A 1971 view of Adderley Park station's down platform waiting room seen after the line had been electrified
View of Adderley Park station's up platform building accommodating the booking office and waiting rooms
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R Powell-Hendry
View of Adderley Park station's up platform building accommodating the booking office and waiting rooms
View of Adderley Park station's down platform passenger waiting room after the line had been electrified
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R Powell-Hendry
View of Adderley Park station's down platform passenger waiting room after the line had been electrified
Looking towards Curzon Street with the former Wolsey Company's motor works seen on the right on 5th June 1961
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Curzon Street with the former Wolsey Company's motor works seen on the right on 5th June 1961

Close up showing some of the eleven sidings located off the down line south of Bordesley Green Road bridge
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DJ Norton
Close up showing some of the eleven sidings located off the down line south of Bordesley Green Road bridge
View of the departure signal via the goods loop to the up line to the west of Adderley Park station
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DJ Norton
View of the departure signal via the goods loop to the up line to the west of Adderley Park station
LMS 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5902 'Sir Frank Ree' passes through the station at speed on an up express
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RS Carpenter
LMS 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5902 'Sir Frank Ree' passes through the station at speed on an up express
Ex-LMS 2P 4-4-0 No 40690 is seen shunting wagons on the loop line into Adderley Park sidings
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M West
Ex-LMS 2P 4-4-0 No 40690 is seen shunting wagons on the loop line into Adderley Park sidings

Maps showing the layouts of Adderley Park station and exchange sidings

An Ordnance Survey map showing the layout of Adderley Park station and the passing goods loop
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DJ Norton
An Ordnance Survey map showing the layout of Adderley Park station and the passing goods loop
An Ordnance Survey map of the layout of Adderley Park extensive reception sidings on 26th May 1926
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R Powell-Hendry
An Ordnance Survey map of the layout of Adderley Park extensive reception sidings on 26th May 1926
An Ordnance Survey map showing the late 1960s layout of Adderley Park station after modification to trackwork
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DJ Norton
An Ordnance Survey map showing the late 1960s layout of Adderley Park station after modification to trackwork
A schematic diagram of Adderley Park Signal Cabin's signal diagram the approach to the station and sidings
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DJ Norton
A schematic diagram of Adderley Park Signal Cabin's signal diagram the approach to the station and sidings
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the various sidings to the East and West of Adderley Park
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the various sidings to the East and West of Adderley Park

Map showing the juxtaposition of Adderley Park station with the surrounding neighbourhood
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A Doherty
Map showing the juxtaposition of Adderley Park station with the surrounding neighbourhood