St Chads Metro

St Chads is a stop on the West Midlands Metro in Birmingham between St Paul's and Bull Street.

Tram 34 leaves St Chads heading for Bull Street
Information
Type: West Midlands Metro
Opened: 2016
Platforms: 2

The original city centre terminus of the West Midlands Metro was at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station. In 2016 the metro was extended into the city centre, eventually as far as Edgbaston Village. St Chads was opened in 2016 as a replacement for the Snow Hill stop which was closed. 

Although St Chads is adjacent to the railway station's platforms there was no direct interchange between the two put in place. Indeed, Bull Street is advertised as the best stop to alight for the railway station, this is why the tram stop was not called Snow Hill when opened.

Platform, Snow Hill is behind

Preparing to depart

Shelter

Tram stop viewed from the railway, so near but so far!


Rotherham Central (RMC) and Supertram

Rotherham Central is a stop on the Dearne Valley and Wakefield Lines in South Yorkshire between Meadowhall Interchange and Swinton. It is also between Tinsley Meadowhall South and Parkgate on the Sheffield Supertram.

Northern 158 842 arrives at Rotherham Central


Information
Type: National Rail (Dearne Valley & Wakefield Lines)
Sheffield Supertram
Station code: RMC
Opened: 1874 (Closed 1966)
Re-opened: 1987
Platforms: 2 (+2)

The station was opened in 1874 by the South Yorkshire Railway. The station later became part of the Great Central Railway and was renamed Rotherham & Masborough in 1889, the station reverted back to it's original name in 1950. However, it went into decline under British Railways like much of the old GCR and the station was closed in 1966. A new Rotherham Central was opened in 1987 near to but not exactly in the same place as the old station. The station was rebuilt in 2012. In 2018 the Sheffield Supertram was extended to Rotherham Central using Class 399 tram trains. The tram platforms are situated on the ends of the heavy rail platforms and are lower.

The station usually has two trains in each direction operated by Northern, who also manage the station. There is also a single Trans Pennine Express station per day through to Doncaster.

Sheffield Supertram 399 203 arrives with a Sheffield Cathedral bound service

View up the platforms

Northern 150 215 arrives

Supetram platform shelter

The ramp up to the heavy rail platform (and exit)


Orrell Park (OPK)

Orrell Park is a stop on the Merseyrail Northern Line Ormskirk Branch in Liverpool between Aintree and Walton.

Merseyrail 777 009 arrives at Orrell Park


Information
Type: National Rail (Merseyrail Northern Line Ormskirk Branch)
Station code: OPK
Opened: 1906
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1906 as Orrell Park Halt (it lost the Halt part of the station name in 1948).

The station has a staffed booking office with ramps down to platform level. A footbridge allows transfer between the two platforms. The station is managed and served by Merseyrail with trains at up to every fifteen minutes interval in each direction.

507 016 arrives with a Liverpool bound service

View down the platform showing the footbridge and standard shelters

Ramp on the left

Station entrance

777 018 arrives with an Ormskirk bound service


Totteridge and Whetstone (ZTW)

Totteridge & Whetstone is a stop on the London Underground Northern Line's High Barnet Branch in north London between Woodside Park and High Barnet.

Northern Line 51665 arrives with a north bound service


Information
Type: Transport for London (London Underground Northern Line)
Station code: ZTW
Opened: 1872
Platforms: 2

The station was opened (as Whetstone & Totteridge) by the Great Northern Railway in 1872, though has originally been a project of the Edgware, Highgate & London Railway. The name was switched around two years later [1]. In 1923 the station became part of the London North Eastern Railway. In the late 1930s the High Barnet branch became part of the London Underground's Northern Heights project. The first Underground trains began serving Totteridge & Whetstone in 1940, LNER services ceased the following year. LNER and later British Railways freight services continued to use the station's goods yard until 1962.

The station retains it's original GNR buildings, the main station building being at street level over the lines. Access between the platforms is via a footbridge. The goods yard is now the station's car park! The station has at least sixteen trains in each direction per hour, southbound trains go to either Morden or Battersea Power Station.

51530 departs north

View down the platforms

Waiting to go

Heading north

Heading south



[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 161

Kirriemuir

Kirriemuir was a stop on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway in Angus between Kirriemuir Junction and Glamis.

Kirriemuir [1]


Information
Type: Scottish Midland Junction Railway
Opened: 1861
Closed: 1952
Platforms: 1

The station was opened in 1861 by the Scottish North Eastern Railway on it's line from Perth to Forfar, which was known as the Scottish Midland Junction Railway. It later became part of the Caledonian Railway.

The station was closed to passengers in 1952 though goods traffic continued until 1965.

[1] "The Perth-Dundee-Montrose Section of the LMSR", The Railway Magazine p. 6