Railways in Worcestershire

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This page shows ten ex-LMSR steam locomotives at work in the Bromsgrove area during the period from 1961 to 1963. It was during this time that the majority of passenger trains on the Bristol to Birmingham line switched from steam traction to 'Peak' class diesel locomotives.  Freight services were mainly steam operated during this period.

These 2-6-0 tender engines  were a familiar sight around the county as Saltley Shed maintained a sizeable allocation well into the 1960s. No.42793 from Saltley looks to be in fine external condition as it heads past Barnt Green on 4th June 1963.

No.42799 from the Nottingham Area of the Midland Region at Bromsgrove on 5th October 1963. The train has just descended the Lickey Incline and is passing through the station avoiding line.

Another class often seen in Worcestershire were these 4F 0-6-0 tender locomotives.  Saltley based No.44165 is passing though the station and about to start its ascent of the Lickey Incline.  This photograph was taken in 4th March 1961.

On the 'up' platform at Barnt Green a young trainspotter notes down the number of Saltley based class 5 4-6-0 locomotive No.44666. No doubt the boy would have spent much of his school holidays patrolling the station in the hope of adding some new locomotives to his records. The photograph was taken on 17th August 1962.

Another familiar Saltley class 5 steam locomotive was No.44944 seen here making a station stop at Bromsgrove on 1st June 1963.  The train was probably a Birmingham New Street to Gloucester stopping train.

One of the few named trains in the county was 'The Devonian' which at this time on 4th March 1961 operated from Bradford to Paignton.
The Leeds (Holbeck) based 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 No.45605 'Cyprus' would have taken the train as far as Bristol Temple Meads.

Saltley based 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 steam locomotive No.45631 'Tanganyika' has charge of a northbound freight train at Bromsgrove on 1st June 1963.

Before the deluge of 'Peak' class diesel locomotives started in earnest it was possible to see express passenger trains in the hands of 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0 steam locomotives.  
No.46148 'The Manchester Regiment' was allocated to Sheffield (Millhouses) shed when seen at Blackwell on 18th September 1961.

Saltley's 8F No.48095 makes a fine sight as it starts off from Bromsgrove on its ascent of the Lickey Incline with a freight train.  This photograph was taken on 5th October 1963.

The last photograph on this page shows 8F No.48167, also of Saltley shed, in charge of a train of pipes as it passes under the road bridge at the bottom of the Lickey Incline and through the station at Bromsgrove on 1st June 1963.
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