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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Tyseley Shed: gwrt3212

A 1903 letter regarding the plans for the erection of the new engine shed and carriage sidings at Small Heath

By 1903, plans had been made for the quadrupling of the track south of Birmingham. Sixty acres of land had been purchased at Tyseley (known as Proof House, Small Heath) for £22,000. This would allow the construction of a new Engine Shed and Carriage Sidings as a replacement for those at Bordesley which were needed to be demolished to make room for the new track. Correspondence regarding the layout of the new facilities showed that the plans for these were also well advanced. The attached letter identifies that the initial arrangement of the Carriage Shed and Sidings which would accommodate more than about 250 carriages, of which 150 to 200 carriages would be in the shed. The letter suggests that installing a proportion of dead-end sidings instead of through sidings would save some costs.

Robert Ferris