Stechford (SCF)

Stechford is a station on the West Coast Main Line just outside of Birmingham city centre between Adderley Park and Lea Hall, it is also at the junction where Stechford-Aston spur joins the main line.

LM 350 371 departs

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line)
Station code: SCF
Opened: 1844
Platforms: 3

The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1844. At one stage Stechford was the largest intermediate station between Birmingham and Coventry with two island platforms. The station also had an extensive goods yard.

The goods yard has now gone as have the two island platforms. The current station building dates from the 1960s and has steps down to the platforms or lifts and a new footbridge after recent accessibility improvements. Only platforms 1 and 2 have scheduled services stop at them, all operated by West Midlands Railway (who manage the station) or London Northwestern Railway.

Stechford is usually served by two trains an hour in each direction (with more services in peak hours), away from Birmingham New Street one train goes on to London Euston and the other Birmingham International. The Stechford-Aston spur is currently only used by freight and passenger trains passing through the area such as the Caledonian Sleeper though in the past there was a limited service between Walsall and Birmingham International that used the line.

Stechford was the scene of a fatal rail crash in 1967 when a Class 304 EMU and a Class 24 locomotive collided killing 9 people. 
New footbridge and lifts

A Birmingham bound Class 350 at the station

The old footbridge, platform 3 is on the far left

Virgin 221 111 passes through

Platform shelter