© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
The ex-GWR suburban services
terminus at Moor Street, Birmingham,
was for several years the terminus of
the former main line - the line
through the tunnel to Snow Hill
closed soon after through Paddington
- Birkenhead services ended in 1967. Snow Hill
itself lost its few remaining services in 1972
and closed completely.
Twenty years after the through route closed, Snow Hill
reopened. It was now the turn of Moor Street terminus to face
closure (through platforms having been built on the lines running
into the tunnel) - which came on 26th September. To celebrate
the end, steam-hauled specials would operate, hauled by 7029
"Clun Castle" - and ex-LMS 46443... The locomotives bore the
headboards "Farewell to old Moor Street"
I decided to take the car to Small Heath - it would be easier to
park, and I could travel to and from the terminus on its last day.
The new Snow Hill has since flourished - through services to
London now operate down the old GWR main line via High
Wycombe, and extent beyond
Birmingham - to Kidderminster rather
than Birkenhead. In the meantime,
Snow Hill also sees services to
Wolverhampton, in the shape of the
Midland Metro, which follows the old
main line trackbed most of the way -
before climbing up off the main line and onto the
streets for the last mile or so!
Moor Street in the meantime quietly decayed - until, on the
heels of the Bullring redevelopment, the buildings were restored
to former glory, with the intention that it may once again see
use as a railway station serving the steam-operated "Shakespeare
Express" services operated by Vintage Trains.
The terminus platforms 3 & 4 were brought back into use in
December 2010 - welcome back, old Moor Street!
and specifically, their page on
Moor Street restoration