CRADLEY HEATH STATION
Grid Reference: SO 940857
The nearby town of Cradley is in Worcestershire but the adjacent Cradley Heath is in Staffordshire. Confusingly the station was originally called Cradley. The station lies between Lye and Old Hill on the Stourbridge to Birmingham Snow Hill line. The station was opened by The Stourbridge Railway on 1st April 1863.
These fascinating photographs shows the station during rebuilding. Features since removed include the signal box on the Birmingham bound platform, the minimal waiting room on the Stourbridge platform and the other footbridge. Photograph Halcrow Fox, copyright MIAC.
This is Central Trains class 150/2 diesel multiple unit No.150237 on 8th August 2005. The station had recently been rebuilt by Centro. Originally the station platforms were staggered either side of a level crossing but as can be seen they are now located adjacent to each other. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.
Formed of five carriages is the 13:56 from Kidderminster to Dorridge (train code 2C44,), with three-car class 172 diesel multiple unit No.172335 leading and two-car No.172218 at the rear. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Saturday 1st December 2012.
This pair of good quality black and white photographs (used by permission of the Industrial Railway Society) were taken by Doug Clayton on 6th June 1970. They show the long demolished goods shed at Cradley Heath.
The section of redundant rails had found a new lease of life as a protection barrier to prevent cars from crashing into the "up" platform. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 10th September 2020.