Four Oaks (FOK)

Four Oaks is a station on the Northern half of the Cross-City Line situated between Sutton Coldfield and Butlers Lane.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: FOK
Opened: 1884
Platforms: 3
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1884 when it extended it's line from Sutton Coldfield to Lichfield City [1]. The station once had a number of sidings and a substantial main station building. The latter has now gone though the waiting room on the island platform with it's original canopies remains.

When the Cross-City Line was launched in 1978 Four Oaks was the original Northern terminus [2] though most trains go through to Lichfield these days. Some services still terminate/begin at Four Oaks and usually use Platform 3, a bay platform. The Cross-City Line was electrified in 1992.
LM 323 210 departs

Platform canopy


A Lichfield bound train prepares to depart

Island platform

LM 323 220 arrives
[1] Vic Mitchell, North of Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 103
[2] John Glover, BR Diary 1978-1985 (Ian Allan, 1985) p. 19