Dilhorne Park

Dilhorne Park is a stop on the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. It is the usual destination and terminus for trains on the line from Caverswall Road though the line does continue onto the former Foxfield colliery.

Type: Preserved Railway
(Foxfield Railway)
Opened: 1974
Platforms: 1
The Foxfield Railway was an industrial line built to link the North Staffordshire Railway to the colliery in 1892. Until the line closed in the mid-1960s (along with the colliery) it never carried passenger trains. The Foxfield Railway opened a few years later with stations being built at Caverswall Road and Dilhorne Park in the early 1970s [1].

Dilhorne Park is a halt set in woodland with a fine view of the Staffordshire moorlands. The station is a basic unmanned halt with a run around siding. The station featured in the BBC costume drama Cranford as Hanbury Halt.
Having run around the train this locomotive approaches it's train to recouple

Station sign

The line continues on to Foxfield colliery

A train waits at the station

View down towards Caverswall Road

Running around

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Derby to Stoke-on-Trent (Middleton Press, 2016) Map. XXXVI

Sutton Coldfield (SUT)

Sutton Coldfield serves the town of the same name and is a stop on the Northern half of the Cross-City Line between Wylde Green and Four Oaks. Just North of the station is a one hundred and fifty eight metre long tunnel.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: SUT
Opened: 1862
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1862 on it's line North from Birmingham. It was a terminus for a couple of years before the line was extended to Lichfield City in 1864. The station was later taken over the LMS and later British Railways. In 1955 an express from York to Bristol derailed at the station due to excessive speed because of crew unfamiliarity (as the service was on diversion), seventeen people lost their lives [1].

The station was once a grander affair with a bay platform for terminating services plus a goods yard and turntable [2]. The station was also host to Motorail services to Stirling from 1958 to 1972.

Sutton Coldfield became part of the Cross-City Line in 1978.
LM 323 210 arrives at Sutton Coldfield

Station building and footbridge

One of the station entrances

LM 323 214 stands at the station

A LM service departs

Another view of 323 210 in London Midland days

[1] Vic Mitchell, North of Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 99
[2] Ibid. Map. XXIX

Hammersmith District and Piccadilly Line (ZHA)

There are two tube stations called Hammersmith (not the only time different stations have the same name there are also two Edgware Roads!). The two stations serve different lines and are separated by the Hammersmith Broadway road. The other station is a terminus of the Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines.

Type: Transport for London
(District & Piccadilly Lines)
Station code: ZHA
Opened: 1874
Platforms: 4
This Hammersmith station serves the District and Piccadilly Lines and was opened in 1874 by the District Railway [1]. For a time it was the Western terminus of the railway until the line was extended to Ravenscourt Park in 1877. The Midland Railway also ran services to Hammersmith for a couple of years between 1878 and 1880 though were not a success.

The Great Northern, Brompton & Piccadilly Railway reached Hammersmith in 1906, the station being the line's terminus of what became the Piccadilly Line until 1932. The station was enlarged and the main station building rebuilt as part of the extension. The station buildings were demolished in the early 1990s and the station was incorporated into a new shopping centre with a bus station (and interchange).
Looking down the platform, a Piccadilly Line departs

Piccadilly Line trains in the station

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 128

Worcester Shrub Hill (WOS)

Worcester Shrub Hill is one of Worcester's two railway stations though is not in the city centre like Worcester Foregate Street.

Type: National Rail (Cotswold &
Snow Hill Lines)
Station code: WOS
Opened: 1850
Platforms: 2
Shrub Hill is a much larger station than Foregate Street. It was opened in 1850 and was a joint project of the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton and Midland Railways. The current station building dates from 1865.

The station has two platforms connected by a footbridge though people who can't use the stairs have to cross the track (under supervision). The former platform three was a bay platform that is no longer in use but used to host services to Cheltenham Spa. Shrub Hill is adjacent to Worcester TMD with a number of stabling sidings behind the station. The station is host to a number of fine semaphore signals.

As well as West Midlands Trains services to/from Birmingham and Malvern the station has regular GWR services to London Paddington, Hereford and other destinations like Evesham and Westbury.
GWR 800 009 at Worcester Shrub Hill

GWR HST led by 43 189

Fine semaphores

View down the line, signalbox on the right

View from the footbridge, both platforms occupied
GWR 166 206 prepares to depart

Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)

Manchester Oxford Road, the second busiest station in central Manchester, serves lines going East-West across the city.

Type: National Rail
Station code: MCO
Opened: 1849
Platforms: 5
The station was opened in 1849 by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) as Oxford Road. Originally the station was a small affair with a couple of platforms for services from the East including Manchester Piccadilly (then London Road). The station slowly expanded over the years with extra platforms and services added including West to Liverpool.

The station was rebuilt in 1903-4, with the platform layout redesigned. A further rebuilt took place in 1960 with the new station buildings with a roof that consisting of three overlapping cones, innovative architecture which found favour with a number of critics even Nikolaus Pevsner. The architect Max Clendinning intended the station to be imagined as a giant piece of furniture! [1]

Unfortunately the roof, which was mostly made from timber [2], has proven rather prone to leaking and has required regular attention. Further improvements of the station have taken place in the 1990s and 2010s as it has become steadily busier. It is proposed to lengthen the station platforms as part of the Northern Hub project though this would require the knocking down of a number of adjacent properties, the station being in an awkward trapezium shaped site.

The station is served by Northern, Trans Pennine Express, Transport for Wales and East Midlands Trains.
TPE 185 444 departs

View down the platform

Station sign

Notice the canopies

Station frontage

A TPE train prepares to depart

[1] David Lawrence, British Rail Designed 1948-97 (Ian Allan, 2016) p. 78
[2] Bruce Peter, The Changing Face of British Railways (Lily Publications, 2018) p. 139