Birmingham Snow Hill

  • Countdown begins to major Birmingham extension opening

    Countdown begins to major Birmingham extension opening

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    WEST Midlands Metro tram No. 20 became the first to work through to Centenary Square in Birmingham on October 23, as testing continued along the new Westside extension from Grand Central (New Street). This city centre extension is the first stage of a much larger expansion of the network around Birmingham, with the Westside line…

  • Branch Line Society and Vintage Trains team up for West Midlands ‘Balti bash’

    Branch Line Society and Vintage Trains team up for West Midlands ‘Balti bash’

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    VINTAGE Trains and the Branch Line Society are offering an opportunity to enjoy the tasty combination of rare track, Class 20s and a curry – all on the same train! Starting from Solihull, the September 22 tour will run to Shrewsbury via Warwick, Sutton Park and the Ironbridge branch.  After a break in Shrewsbury, the…

  • Delay to Birmingham’s eastern £137m extension

    Delay to Birmingham’s eastern £137m extension

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    GOVERNMENT approval for the West Midlands Metro’s £137million Eastside extension to Digbeth, which would serve the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, is being delayed by uncertainty over the high-speed rail project. The extended tramline, which would connect Curzon Street with New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, may not now open until 2026…

  • ‘Shakespeare Express’ 2019 season underway

    ‘Shakespeare Express’ 2019 season underway

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    Vintage Trains reintroduced its popular ‘Shakespeare Express’ between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon on July 21.  Two return trips per day will operate on August 4, August 18, September 1 and September 15, with BR ‘Castle’ No. 7029 Clun Castle taking charge, except on August 4 when ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas is booked to…

  • West Midlands Metro celebrates 20 years of service

    West Midlands Metro celebrates 20 years of service

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    WEST Midlands Metro has marked 20 years of operation by unveiling a specially designed livery on tram No. 19. Services were officially launched between Wolverhampton St George’s and Birmingham Snow Hill on May 30, 1999 with an extension through to Grand Central (Birmingham New Street) opening in 2016. Today, Metro trams travel a total of…

  • West Coast launches regular Stratford steam

    West Coast launches regular Stratford steam

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    Stratford-upon-Avon will gain its second regular steam operation later this month when West Coast Railways launches its ‘Merchant of Avon’ trains on July 28.  Five summer Sunday trains are planned initially, starting from Burton-on-Trent and calling at Tamworth, Coleshill Parkway, Henley-in-Arden, Tyseley, Dorridge and Stratford on July 28, August 11/25 and September 8/22.  During its…

  • Rare totem signs in starring role at July Stafford sale

    Rare totem signs in starring role at July Stafford sale

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    Rare British Railways station totem signs take centre stage at Railwayana Auctions UK’s next Stafford auction.

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