It's hard to believe, now that there is no station in the town, but
Brownhills once had two
stations! Whilst both were operating passenger services as part
of the LMS Railway, the L&NWR station was known as Brownhills (High
Street) and the Midland station was called Brownhills (Watling
Street). For most of it's life, however, the old L&NWR
station was simply known as Brownhills
Nr Site of Brownhills (MR) Stn - 13/6/55
Brownhills (Watling Street) had closed to passengers way back in 1930
so it's not suprising that there was little to be seen when my father
visited in 1955. This picture is looking south from Watling
Street towards the site of the station that lay north of the Chester
It's not all bad news, however, as part of the old Midland line to the
north of the station site now forms part of the Chasewater Railway.
Brownhills (LNW) Stn - 13/6/55
|This view of
the old L&NWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied
to it's name between 1924 and 1930. It is looking
north-east. The station would continue to operate until 1965.
48514 3A nr Brownhills Stn - 13/6/55
|This is a
nice view of Class 8F, 48514 from Bescot Shed pulling a mineral
train. This site is now surrounded by a large roundabout that
forms the junction of Pelsall Road, Chester Road North, Lichfield Road
and High Street.
To put the scene in context today, to the far left can be seen the
clock and chimney of the old
Council House that now forms part of the Park View Centre.