Photo By D J Norton

St. Andrew's Junction

St. Andrew's Junction connects the LNWR line to Euston to the Midland Railways Camp Hill line.  Given my father's fascination with the Camp Hill line, I guess it's not surprising that he took an interest in this junction.

St Andrews Jct - 22/8/54

St Andrews Junction
A very nice view of the junction taken from the middle of the up line looking under Garrison Lane.  The line that bears off to the right goes to Saltley.  Note the signal box just visible under the bridge.

42890 21A nr St Andrews Jct - 8/5/55

42890 near St Andrews Junction
This picture is looking back towards the location of the one above - the road bridge in the distance is again carrying Garrison Lane.  The lines to the left go to Saltley, home of Class 5MT 2-6-0 Horwich 'Crab' 42890, the loco that is heading towards New Street.

The painted sign to the right says, "This is the home of Carrs Paints".  The company was established in 1892 and are still in business today!

45682 22A nr St Andrews Jct - 8/5/55

45682 near St Andrews Junction
My father has turned 180 degrees after taking the view of 42890 directly above to capture the Bristol shedded loco,  Class 6P5F 4-6-0 'Jubilee' 45682 (a.k.a. Trafalgar), heading towards St. Andrew's Junction after leaving New Street.  Since passenger services had ceased on the Camp Hill line way back in 1942, I wonder if the photograph taken on a Sunday proves that engineering works caused passenger woes over 50 years ago...?  Richard commented on this query:
"Engineering works indeed caused problems in the past!  The photos of 42890 and 45682 undoubtedly indicate Sunday diversions over the Camp Hill route on 8/5/55 because of engineering works on the line south via Bournville.
However, although the 'local' services may have been withdrawn in 1942,  on summer Saturdays certain main line passenger trains continued to use the Camp Hill route to avoid New Street."

The loco is just passing over what had been known as the Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal, later part of the Grand Union Canal.

Note the gradient post visible to the lower left of the picture.  I think it reads 365 and 677.