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Broom Junction Station

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Broom Junction was a railway station and interchange between the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway and the Barnt Green to Ashchurch line. Although initially only an exchange station, it was opened to the public from 1880 and remained in service until 1963. Other than passengers changing trains, passenger traffic was low as the station was situated in a sparsely populated area near Broom in Warwickshire. The line to Stratford-upon-Avon was the first to close in 1960, followed by the Barnt Green line in 1962.

In 1873, the East and West Junction Railway (E&WJ) received Parliamentary authorisation to construct a 7.¾ miles eastwards extension of its Stratford-upon-Avon to Blisworth line to join with the Evesham & Redditch Railway's (E&R) Barnt Green to Ashchurch line which had opened six years previously. The new line joined at the Warwickshire village of Broom where it formed a northward facing junction with the E&R's line. In completing the line to Broom, the length of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway (SMJR) was increased to 45 miles, rising to 55½ miles in 1882 with the completion of a further extension south to Olney The completed line also provided a connection between two lines worked by the Midland Railway which absorbed the E&R in 1882.

The new line opened to traffic on 2nd June 1879 and an island platform was provided at Broom to allow passengers to change trains en route. Trains from the E&WJ worked into a single north-facing platform by an awkward west to north movement, across the main lines. The return journey required a reversal south to the engine turntable situated at the end of a siding on the other side of the road bridge. The Midland allowed the E&WJ to use the station subject to the sharing of costs, and the E&WJ were given running rights over the Midland's line although it only ever exercised use of the 5 chains (330 ft) into the station.

Broom first appeared in public timetables in November 1880. Meagre passenger facilities were provided in the shape of two old coach bodies and a small brick booking office; a sectional concrete shed was added later. At first two north and south signal boxes were provided, but this arrangement was rationalised in 1934 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, which concentrated the junction's workings into one box known as Broom Junction. The advent of the Second World War led to the installation of a south-to-east curve between the SMJR and the Barnt Green line to allow through running of Gloucester to London services. This required two new signal boxes: one on the curve entrance from Stratford known as Broom West, and another on the original connecting line known as Broom East. All three later closed on 5th July 1962.

As a passenger station, Broom Junction was not particularly successful: it served a small rural community and was very susceptible to road competition. Passenger services to Stratford-upon-Avon were temporarily withdrawn on 16th June 1947 and permanently from 23rd May 1949, at which point the station was only seeing two daily workings. Its ghost lingered on in the Barnt Green to Ashchurch timetables until 1962, as the 1:00pm service from Birmingham New Street to Ashchurch continued to wait at Broom for 20 minutes for a connection which had long ceased. Goods services between Stratford-upon-Avon and Broom Junction continued until 13 June 1960, the freight being diverted via a new south curve at Stratford upon Avon between the SMJR and Honeybourne line. The Barnt Green line itself closed between Redditch and Evesham from 1st October 1962 due to the unsafe condition of the track; British Railways provided a replacement bus service using hired Midland Red buses, but this was found to be similarly uneconomical and was withdrawn from 17th June 1963.

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Broom Junction station

General view of Broom Junction station illustrating the use of its platforms for both up and down services
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J Mann
General view of Broom Junction station illustrating the use of its platforms for both up and down services
Close up showing the rear of the MR angled two-faced station name board and its central ornate supporting bracket
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J Mann
Close up of the rear of the MR angled two-faced station name board and its central ornate supporting bracket
Close up of Broom Junction goods yard's sidings with a coal merchant's horse drawn cart on the right
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J Mann
Close up of Broom Junction goods yard's sidings with a coal merchant's horse drawn cart on the right
Close up of Broom Junction's main station building housing the simple booking office, waiting rooms and toilets
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J Mann
Close up of Broom Junction's main station building housing the simple booking office, waiting rooms and toilets
Close up of  passengers waiting on the platform for a SMJ train to take them forward to Stratford upon Avon
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Anon
Close up of passengers waiting on the platform for a SMJ train to take them forward to Stratford upon Avon

A panoramic view of Broom Junction station looking towards Redditch on a quiet day with no passengers visible
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J Mann
A panoramic view of Broom Junction station looking towards Redditch on a quiet day with no passengers visible
Close up showing Broom North Junction Signal Box which appears to have been taken out of service
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J Mann
Close up showing Broom North Junction Signal Box which appears to have been taken out of service
Close up showing the grounded coach body, hut and wheeled ramp in Broom Junction's goods yard
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J Mann
Close up showing the grounded coach body, hut and wheeled ramp in Broom Junction's goods yard
A panoramic view of Broom Junction station taken in 1938 from the road bridge looking north towards Redditch
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PJ Garland
A panoramic view of Broom Junction station taken in 1938 from the road bridge looking north towards Redditch
View looking north towards Redditch showing the grounded coach body on Broom Junction's platform
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PJ Garland
View looking north towards Redditch showing the grounded coach body on Broom Junction's platform

Close up showing the original Evesham & Redditch Railway station building
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PJ Garland
Close up showing the original E&RR station building, seen in 1938 nearly sixty years after it was built
View of Broom Junction station showing the second version of station's name board which read' Broom Junction for Stratford Line
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Anon
Broom Junction's second version of station's name board which read' Broom Junction for Stratford Line
Close up of Broom Junction showing the North Signal Box with covered vans standing on the two sidings
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Anon
Close up of Broom Junction showing the North Signal Box with covered vans standing on the two sidings
An later view of the station showing the replacement signal arms on the signal gantry too the right
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PB Whitehouse
An later view of the station showing the replacement signal arms on the signal gantry too the right
Looking southwards from the Redditch end of Broom Junction station's down platform
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RJ Essery
Looking southwards from the Redditch end of Broom Junction station's down platform

Close up showing the Redditch end of the station building with a weighing machine standing under the window
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RJ Essery
Close up of the Redditch end of the station building with a weighing machine standing under the window
A 1950s view of the platform facing Redditch showing the ex-L&Y coach now re-clad with T&G boarding
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J Mann
A 1950s view of the platform facing Redditch showing the ex-L&Y coach now re-clad with T&G boarding
Looking south towards Alcester with a pre-cast concrete building now replacing the grounded coach on the platform
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J Mann
Looking towards Alcester with a pre-cast concrete building now replacing the grounded coach on the platform
Close up showing the replacement signals located at the southern end of the island platform
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J Mann
Close up showing the replacement signals located at the southern end of the island platform
A 1959 panoramic view of Broom Junction showing the trap points on the goods yard siding
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J Mann
A 1959 panoramic view of Broom Junction showing the trap points on the goods yard siding

View of the junction with the SMJ line and the Evesham line in 1933
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PJ Garland
Broom Junction Signal Box with the SMJ line curving away to the left and the Evesham line continuing ahead in 1933
Close up showing the two long sidings that lay to the south of the junction and the disused turntable
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PJ Garland
Close up showing the two long sidings that lay to the south of the junction and the disused turntable
Looking towards Evesham, with Broom Junction Signal Box and the junction, visible through the bridge
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PJ Garland
Looking towards Evesham, with Broom Junction Signal Box and the junction, visible through the bridge
Close up showing the third signal box at Broom Junction sited which opened on 6th May 1934
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PJ Garland
Close up showing the third signal box at Broom Junction sited which opened on 6th May 1934
Looking towards Redditch with the old Broom North signal box prior to it being replaced by Broom Junction signal box
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PJ Garland
Looking towards Redditch with the old Broom North signal box prior to it being replaced by Broom Junction signal box

Young passengers pose for the camera at Broom Junction prior to departing on the Boldmere Youth Outing
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A Smith
Young passengers pose for the camera at Broom Junction prior to departing on the Boldmere Youth Outing
Close up showing the station's name board with a separate reference to the Stratford Midland Junction Railway
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A Smith
Close up showing the station's name board with a separate reference to the Stratford Midland Junction Railway
A London Midland Scottish Railway Banana train stands at Broom as a party of enthusiasts look on in 1934
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RE Lacy
A London Midland Scottish Railway Banana train stands at Broom as a party of enthusiasts look on in 1934

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Broom Junctions Signal Boxes

The original 1879 signal box installed to accommodate the connection with the Evesham Redditch & Stratford Railway
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RJ Essery
The original 1879 signal box installed to accommodate the connection with the Evesham Redditch & Stratford Railway
Close up showing a gang of platelayers taking a break from their work on the SMJ line to Bidford
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PJ Garland
Close up showing a gang of platelayers taking a break from their work on the SMJ line to Bidford
View of Broom Junction' stations third signal box now renamed to 'Broom North' after the opening of the south junction in 1942
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J Mann
Broom Junction' stations third signal box renamed to 'Broom North' after the opening of the south junction in 1942
Close up of Broom North Signal Box showing the 'bobby' standing in the doorway of the machine room
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J Mann
Close up of Broom North Signal Box showing the 'bobby' standing in the doorway of the machine room
Another view of Broom Junction's third signal box which was built to an early LMS standard design
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RJ Essery
Another view of Broom Junction's third signal box which was built to an early LMS standard design

Broom North signal box with the signalman re-entering his box after exchanging the tokens
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RJ Essery
Broom North signal box with the signalman re-entering his box after exchanging the tokens
Close up of Broom Junction's third signal box which has now been named Broom North signal box
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RJ Essery
Close up of Broom Junction's third signal box which has now been named Broom North signal box
Another view of the third signal box which was built to an early LMS standard design
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P Jarvis
Looking towards Broom Junction with Broom West Signal Box and the SMJ south junction in the foreground
The unknown Bobby is seen wearing regulation jacket and trousers, pocket watch and flat cap
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RJ Essery
The unknown Bobby is seen wearing regulation jacket and trousers, pocket watch and flat cap

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Locomotives seen at or near Broom Junction

Ex-MR 0-6-0 4F No 43979 enters the single line section to Redditch with an up freight service for Washwood Heath
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M Mensing
Ex-MR 0-6-0 4F No 43979 enters the single line section to Redditch with an up freight service for Washwood Heath
A MR 0-6-0 2F locomotive pilots a Johnson 0-4-4T locomotive departs with a train for Evesham circa 1923
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RS Carpenter
A MR 0-6-0 2F locomotive pilots a Johnson 0-4-4T locomotive departs with a train for Evesham circa 1923
Ex-MR 0-6-0 3F No 43529 at the head of a stopping freight train from Evesham to Washwood Heath sidings on 14th June 1961
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RJ Essery
Ex-MR 0-6-0 3F No 43529 at the head of a stopping freight train from Evesham to Washwood Heath sidings
Ex-MR 0-6-4T 'Flatiron' No 2027 is seen at the head of a Birmingham New Street to Ashchurch train in 1933
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PJ Garland
Ex-MR 0-6-4T 'Flatiron' No 2027 is seen at the head of a Birmingham New Street to Ashchurch train in 1933
An Edwardian view of MR 2-4-0 No 168 as it heads an Ashchurch bound train
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Postcard
An Edwardian view of Midland Railway 2-4-0 No 168 as it heads a local passenger service to Ashchurch

Close up of an unidentified ex-LMS 2-6-0 at the head of an Ashchurch train as it passes over the junction
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RJ Essery
Close up of an unidentified ex-LMS 2-6-0 at the head of an Ashchurch train as it passes over the junction
MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3460 with tender piled high blows steam off as it departs Broom Junction station
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HC Casserley
MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3460 with tender piled high blows steam off as it departs Broom Junction station
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 171 stands at Broom Junction station with a Birmingham to Ashchurch local service
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HC Casserley
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 171 stands at Broom Junction station with a Birmingham to Ashchurch local service
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3523 with the 11:15 am service to Stratford upon Avon on the final day of the service
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RJ Essery
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3523 with the 11:15 am service to Stratford upon Avon on the final day of the service
Close up of  an ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 standing at the head of a Stratford upon Avon train waiting for the right of way
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RJ Essery
Close up of an ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 standing at the head of a Stratford upon Avon train waiting for the right of way

Close up showing the Midland Railway Banana train standing at Broom ready to be taken forward to London
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RE Lacy
Close up showing the LMS Banana train standing at Broom Junction ready to be taken forward to London

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Map and schematic drawings

Schematic drawing of Broom Junction station and the northern and southern approaches
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A Jordan
Schematic drawing of Broom Junction station and the northern and southern approaches
Close up showing Broom Junction station's island platform and the layout of the station building
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A Jordan
Close up showing Broom Junction station's island platform and the layout of the station building
A 1955 Signal Diagram for Broom North Junction Signal Box showing the respective levers for signals and crossovers
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AE Overton
Signal Diagram for Broom North Junction Signal Box showing the respective levers for signals and crossovers
Post 1942 Broom East Junction Signal Diagram show the respective levers for crossovers and signals
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AE Overton
Post 1942 Broom East Junction Signal Diagram show the respective levers for crossovers and signals
An 1892 Signalling Diagram of Broom South Junction Signal Box showing the levers for specific equipment
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AE Overton
An 1892 Signalling Diagram of Broom South Junction Signal Box showing the levers for specific equipment

A 1932 LMS track diagram showing the signal boxes, sidings and turntable at Broom Junction station
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RJ Essery
A 1932 LMS track diagram showing the signal boxes, sidings and turntable at Broom Junction station
Part of an undated LMS 40ft to 1inch plan showing the station layout prior to the 1934 re-signalling
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RJ Essery
Part of an undated LMS 40ft to 1inch plan showing the station layout prior to the 1934 re-signalling
Part of an undated LMS 40ft to 1inch plan showing the junction layout prior to the 1934 re-signalling
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RJ Essery
Part of an undated LMS 40ft to 1inch plan showing the junction layout prior to the 1934 re-signalling
A schematic drawing of the junctions and signal boxes employed at Broom since 1879
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RJ Essery
A schematic drawing of the junctions and signal boxes employed at Broom since 1879
OS map showing the location of Broom Junction station after the construction of the southern junction in 1942
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Anon
OS map showing the location of Broom Junction station after the construction of the southern junction in 1942

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Broom Junction after the closure of the line

Looking north towards Redditch four years after the line had been closed on 1st October 1962
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J Evans
Looking north towards Redditch four years after the line had been closed on 1st October 1962
Looking north towards Redditch fifteen years after the line had been closed on 1st October 1962
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A Young
Looking north towards Redditch fifteen years after the line had been closed on 1st October 1962
Broom Junction station's building in March 1994 some thirty plus years after it had been abandoned
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S Williams
Broom Junction station's building in March 1994 some thirty plus years after it had been abandoned
An Edwardian view of MR 2-4-0 No 168 as it heads an Ashchurch bound train
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S Williams
The basic structure can still be seen, brick gable walls, timber framed and clad front and rear elevations
View of the opposite side of Broom station showing the fabric still extant thirty years after closure
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S Williams
View of the opposite side of Broom station showing the fabric still extant thirty years after closure

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