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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Soho and Winson Green: gwrswg2287

Looking towards Wolverhampton along the Up Main platform as a class C train approaches, circa 1960

Looking towards Wolverhampton along the Up Main platform, circa 1960. The approaching train is a fully fitted freight comprising vehicles conforming to passenger coach requirements or possibly an empty coaching stock train. This is indicated by the two lamps on the buffer beam (one in the centre and a second on the left end), which denote a class C headcode.

The station buildings on the main up and island platforms were typical of those built during the widening of the Birmingham main line. They were constructed from red brick with moulded door and window lintels. The roof and canopy, which protected the entire platform width, was combined. They had vertical framed boarding at the end and an attractive saw-tooth valance. At this end of the buildings were the gentlemen’s lavatory with door protected by a wooden screen. Adjacent to this would be the ladies lavatory and ladies waiting room, while next would be the general waiting room. Access to the platform was from the covered footbridge which ran parallel to the Benson Road overbridge.

Robert Ferris