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Redditch Station (Worcestershire)

LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham

Redditch station was some fifteen and half miles from New Street station and nearly five miles from Barnt Green where the branch connected with the Birmingham to Bristol mainline. The first passenger station was a terminus and opened on 19th September 1859 and was located at Clive Road. It was made redundant when the line was extended south to Evesham on 4th May 1868 and a new station was built a little to the south of the original. This station lasted until 7th February 1972 when it too was replaced, Redditch having become a terminus once again although its traffic was only for passenger services. In Bob Essery's book 'An Illustrated History of the Ashchurch to Barnt Green Line - The Evesham Route' he maintains that his research shows the line from Alvechurch to Redditch was originally a single line with just a junction for the new gas works.

The station, when opened as a terminus of the branch from Barnt Green, catered initially for passenger traffic but very soon for goods traffic too. The opening of the line to Evesham saw an expansion in the goods facilities complete with goods shed at a location known as Pound Meadow. Bob Essery notes that the yard handled a variety of traffic not just domestic and industrial coal which was the greatest tonnage handled. Inward traffic included Peruvian guano (bird droppings) and animal feed plus flour, coffee beans, cheese and salted butter. Trains bringing in raw materials required for Redditch's industry was matched by trains taking the finished goods to market. The depot was remodelled by the LMS including sidings for mineral traffic at Clive Road before the Second World War to cater for the increase in traffic.

The original signalbox which had opened prior to 1875 was closed in 1885 whilst the engine shed was opened shortly after the Evesham extension was opened, circa 1872. The gas works became rail connected at sometime before 1877 with the Redditch Gas Works Siding signalbox also coming in to service. A new signalbox was opened on 8th November 1925 when the old box closed. The replacement signalbox was built 120 yards further south and was renamed Redditch North on 17th January 1926 and then named Redditch when the Evesham route was closed on 29th January 1967.

 
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The first Redditch station

Front elevation of Redditch's original station building, now closed, which was situated in Clive Road
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P Jarvis
Front elevation of Redditch's original station building, now closed, which was situated in Clive Road
The first Redditch station seen some thirty to forty years after its closure on 4th May 1868
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P Jarvis
The first Redditch station seen some thirty to forty years after its closure on 4th May 1868

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The second Redditch station

External view of Redditch station and the bridge carrying Bromsgrove Road over the railway
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RS Carpenter
External view of Redditch station and the bridge carrying Bromsgrove Road over the railway
The access road leading to the front of Redditch station from Bromsgrove Road on 19th September 1958
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HC Casserley
The access road leading to the front of Redditch station from Bromsgrove Road on 19th September 1958
Looking towards Birmingham with a goods locomotive standing in the distance in the goods yard
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Postcard
Looking towards Birmingham with a goods locomotive standing in the distance in the goods yard
Looking north towards Barnt Green as two goods trains pass each beneath Bromsgrove Road bridge
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Postcard
Looking north towards Barnt Green as two goods trains pass each beneath Bromsgrove Road bridge
Looking beneath Bromsgrove Road bridge towards Barnt Green with the goods shed seen on the right circa 1962
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RS Carpenter
Looking beneath Bromsgrove Road bridge towards Barnt Green with the goods shed seen on the right circa 1962

Close up showing the steps of the passenger footbridge sited at the northern end of Redditch station
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the steps of the passenger footbridge sited at the northern end of Redditch station
Close up of the Barnt Green end of the down platform and the signal for trains reversing into the goods yard
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RS Carpenter
Close up of the Barnt Green end of the down platform and the signal for trains reversing into the goods yard
Looking north along the down platform towards Bromsgrove Road bridge with the main station building on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Looking north along the down platform towards Bromsgrove Road bridge with the main station building on the right
Close up showing the bracket signal with two arms at the Barnt Green end of the up platform
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the bracket signal with two arms at the Barnt Green end of the up platform
Looking south towards the tunnel with Redditch South Signal Box on the left at the end of the up platform
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J Moss
Looking south towards the tunnel with Redditch South Signal Box on the left at the end of the up platform

View of the station looking south as a train with a rake of close coupled stock, leaves the station for Evesham
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Postcard
View of the station looking south as a train with a rake of close coupled stock, leaves the station for Evesham
View from the road bridge looking south towards Alcester with the single bore tunnel in the distance
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C Griffin
View from the road bridge looking south towards Alcester with the single bore tunnel in the distance
Looking south along the down platform towards Evesham with Redditch Tunnel's north portal in the distance
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RS Carpenter
Looking south along the down platform towards Evesham with Redditch Tunnel's north portal in the distance
Close up showing a variety of parcel carts and trucks used to move parcels and other loads at the station
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing a variety of parcel carts and trucks used to move parcels and other loads at the station
View of Redditch's single road shed, the ash pit in front and the adjacent water crane on Sunday 22nd April 1951
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J Maries
The northern end of the up platform showing the barrow crossing and excavated spoil on the path to the footbridge

An aerial view of Redditch goods yard showing the footbridge which exited on the right at Windsor Street
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I Day
An aerial view of Redditch goods yard showing the footbridge which exited on the right at Windsor Street

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Redditch Goods Yard and Signal Boxes

Scene showing the loading of horse drawn vehicles at the MR built goods shed located in Redditch's first goods yard
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P Jarvis
Scene showing the loading of horse drawn vehicles at the MR built goods shed located in Redditch's first goods yard
View of Redditch goods yard's weighbridge and office which was located at the entrance off Unicorn Hill
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RJ Essery
View of Redditch goods yard's weighbridge and office which was located at the entrance off Unicorn Hill
Looking north to Barnt Green with the new goods shed built on Pound meadow see on the left beyond the footbridge
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RJ Essery
Looking north to Barnt Green with the new goods shed built on Pound meadow see on the left beyond the footbridge
View of the replacement LMS built Redditch North Signal Box which was opened on 8th November 1926
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M Mensing
View of the replacement LMS built Redditch North Signal Box which was opened on 8th November 1926
Redditch South Signal Box, located on the up line and south of the station, is seen just prior to its closure
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RJ Essery
Redditch South Signal Box, located on the up line and south of the station, is seen just prior to its closure

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Views of Redditch tunnel

An undated view of the north portal of Redditch tunnel with the tunnel's nameboard on the right
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RJ Essery
An undated view of the north portal of Redditch tunnel with the tunnel's nameboard on the right
An undated view of the southern portal to Redditch tunnel which was very similar to the north portal
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RJ Essery
An undated view of the southern portal to Redditch tunnel which was very similar to the north portal
View of the portal of Redditch tunnel and the Y point which connected both lines passing through the station
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DJ Norton
View of the portal of Redditch tunnel and the Y point which connected both lines passing through the station
Looking north from the single bore tunnel mouth towards Redditch with the station in the distance
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C Griffin
Looking north from the single bore tunnel mouth towards Redditch with the station in the distance
View of the disused single bore tunnel which ran beneath Mount Pleasant south of Redditch
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C Griffin
View of the disused single bore tunnel which ran beneath Mount Pleasant south of Redditch

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Locomotives and trains at or near to Redditch station

View of the gas works signal box as the signalman and fireman ready to exchange the train train staff
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Philip Jarvis
View of the gas works signal box as the signalman and fireman ready to exchange the train train staff
A Johnson goods engine on an Evesham to New Street service approaches Johnson 0-4-4T No 1259
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J Braithwaite
A Johnson goods engine on an Evesham to New Street service approaches Johnson 0-4-4T No 1259
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42421 is seen taking water at the north end of Redditch station on 27th September 1962
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G Skelsey
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42421 is seen taking water at the north end of Redditch station on 27th September 1962
An unidentified Ivatt 2-6-0 2MT locomotive at the head of a local passenger service to Ashchurch via Evesham in 1962
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M Mensing
An unidentified Ivatt 2-6-0 2MT locomotive at the head of a local passenger service to Ashchurch via Evesham
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43714 displaying a head and tail lamp which suggests it is the Redditch pilot
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J Fozard
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43714 displaying a head and tail lamp which suggests it is the Redditch pilot

Ex-LMS Fowler 2-6-4T No 42383 stands at the station on a local passenger train on a local passenger service to Ashchurch
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS Fowler 2-6-4T No 42383 on a local passenger train on a local passenger service to Ashchurch
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 44859 is seen passing Redditch South Signal Box  with a Class H freight service
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 44859 is seen passing Redditch South Signal Box with a Class H freight service
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 43975 enters the confines of Redditch station on a partly fitted freight service from Evesham in June 1960
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 43975 enters Redditch station on a partly fitted freight service from Evesham in June 1960
Ex-LMS 0-6-0T 3F No 47276 approaches Redditch with the 1:15pm local service from Ashchurch on 29th September 1962
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 0-6-0T 3F No 47276 near Redditch on the 1:15pm local Ashchurch service on 29th September 1962
The Metro-Cammell two-car DMU had just arrived on 10:30am service from New Street on 27th September 1962
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G Skelsey
Metro-Cammell two-car DMU has just arrived on 10:30am service from New Street on 27th September 1962

Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42419 is seen running through the station bunker first on a down freight
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M Gregory
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42419 is seen running through the station bunker first on a down freight
An unidentified ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 locomotive is seen shunting coaching stock adjacent to Redditch cattle pens circa 1955
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RJ Essery
An unidentified ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 locomotive is seen shunting coaching stock adjacent to Redditch cattle pens C1955
British Railways built 4MT 2-6-0 No 43041 approaches Redditch with an ordinary passenger service circa 1961
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I Hayes
British Railways built 4MT 2-6-0 No 43041 approaches Redditch with an ordinary passenger service circa 1961
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42337 stands at the up platform with a three coach local passenger service to New Street on 19th June 1955
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W Garbett
Ex-LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42337 stands at the up platform with a three coach local passenger service to New Street
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44168 is seen being prepared for its next trip with the driver oiling the inside motion
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G Latter
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44168 is seen being prepared for its next trip with the driver oiling the inside motion

Ex-LMS 6P 4-6-0 Royal Scot Class No 46137 'The Prince of Wales's  Volunteers (South Lancashire) stands at Redditch shed
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M Gregory
Ex-LMS 6P 4-6-0 Royal Scot Class No 46137 'The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) at Redditch shed
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42327 is seen stabled inside of Redditch shed on 22nd April 1951
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42327 is seen stabled inside of Redditch shed on 22nd April 1951
Ex-LMS Fowler 2-6-4T No 42334 and an unidentified ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 goods engine stand outside the single road engine shed
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Anon
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42334 & an ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 goods engine stand outside the single road engine shed

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Maps and Schematics of Redditch station

Schematic showing Redditch station's location in relationship to both its and other private sidings
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C Maggs
Schematic showing Redditch station's location in relationship to both its and other private sidings
Schematic of the 1932 diagram of Redditch showing the position of water columns, signals boxes, ground frames and capacity of the sidings
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RS Essery
A 1932 schematic showing the position of water columns, signals boxes, ground frames and capacity of the sidings
Schematic diagram showing the layout of Redditch locomotive shed and sidings and the northern approaches
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AE Overton
Schematic diagram showing the layout of Redditch locomotive shed and sidings and the northern approaches
Schematic diagram showing the layout of Redditch station and goods yard and its southern approaches
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AE Overton
Schematic diagram showing the layout of Redditch station and goods yard and its southern approaches
Schematic diagram showing Redditch South Signal Box's Signal Diagram and the lever number associated with each signal or point
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AE Overton
Schematic of Redditch South Signal Box's Signal Diagram and the lever number for each signal or point

A schematic of Redditch Gas Works Siding Signal Diagram dated 1885 showing the lever for each signal or point
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AE Overton
A schematic of Redditch Gas Works Siding Signal Diagram dated 1885 showing the lever for each signal or point
An 1873 schematic of the signalling diagram of Baroness Windsor's Model Farm Siding showing its basic layout
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AE Overton
An 1873 schematic of the signal diagram of Baroness Windsor's Model Farm Siding showing its basic layout
A schematic of an undated plan of Redditch Gas Works and its sidings with key locations marked
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AE Overton
A schematic of an undated plan of Redditch Gas Works and its sidings with key locations marked
An undated Ordnance Survey map showing how the line curved away south from Redditch towards Alcester
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Ordnance Survey
An undated Ordnance Survey map showing how the line curved away south from Redditch towards Alcester
Ordnance Survey map showing the station's layout, goods yard and tunnel in 1930s
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Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey map showing the station's layout, goods yard and tunnel in 1930s

Ordnance Survey map showing the position of the station and the Evesham - Barnt Green line in relation to Redditch town
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Ordnance Survey
OS map showing the position of the station and the Evesham - Barnt Green line in relation to Redditch town

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Miscellaneous

An official photograph of Fred A Hill No 4 wagon which was based at Ferney Hill Brickyard Redditch
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HMRS 2233
An official photograph of Fred A Hill No 4 wagon which was based at Ferney Hill Brickyard Redditch
A train of army personnel wait to depart from Redditch station in 1914 as their family and friends look on
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P Jarvis
A train of army personnel wait to depart from Redditch station in 1914 as their family and friends look on
An Edwardian photograph of Redditch station's staff with the Station Master seated in the centre
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P Coventry
An Edwardian photograph of Redditch station's staff with the Station Master seated in the centre
Copy of British Railway's timetable for Birmingham to Redditch and Ashchurch and return journeys
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P Francis
Copy of British Railway's timetable for Birmingham to Redditch and Ashchurch and return journeys

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Redditch Shed and Coaling Stage

View of Redditch's single road shed, the ash pit in front and the adjacent water crane on Sunday 22nd April 1951
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DJ Norton
View of Redditch's single road shed, the ash pit in front and the adjacent water crane on Sunday 22nd April 1951
Looking north towards Barnt Green with the shed on the left and Redditch North Signal Box on the right
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JM Tolson
Looking north towards Barnt Green with the shed on the left and Redditch North Signal Box on the right
A 1952 view of Redditch engine shed, its enginemen's hut, the inspection pit and the water crane
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RJ Essery
A 1952 view of Redditch engine shed, its enginemen's hut, the inspection pit and the water crane
The coaling stage at Redditch which was a very rudimentary structure being built from railway sleepers
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RJ Essery
The coaling stage at Redditch which was a very rudimentary structure being built from railway sleepers
View of Redditch's single road shed, the ash pit in front and the adjacent water crane on Sunday 22nd April 1951
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Hawketts & Sharpe
Undated view of Redditch's coaling stage and the approach to the locomotive shed and water column

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