GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
Soho and Winson Green: gwrswg1562b
Close up of Soho and Winson Green station's main lines and
associated platform buildings. The platforms had a corbelled brick edge with
large overhanging edging stones (4ft x 2ft 6in x 3in deep). The rest of the
platform surface appears to be tarmacadam or loose gravel. Similarly to the
island platform buildings, the up main platform buildings are believed to
contain a general waiting room, ladies waiting room and gentlemens
toilets. The latters entrance is behind the two tone painted wooden
screen at the ends nearest to the photographer. As a general rule any raised
framing was finished in dark stone (Standard Tint No.3) and panelling in mid
stone (Standard Tint No.2). This policy can be seen to have been applied both
to the toilet screen and the canopy woodwork, where mid stone has been used on
the vertical planking and valance, while the triangular framing on the canopy
end is painted in dark stone.
Above these wide station platform canopies with their
saw-tooth valances can be seen the tiled roof and rear elevation of the main
entrance and booking office on Benson Road bridge. This stood at the end of the
up main platform adjacent to the footbridge. The British Railways (Western
Region) station totems on the lamp columns have been painted over to show just
Winson Green following the station name change on 14th June 1965.
The standard colouring scheme even extended to the lamp columns whose base is
dark stone and the upper parts mid stone.