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The old Great Western Droitwich Spa Station.

Droitwich Spa Station.

Great Western Railway at Droitwich Spa Station

Memories of the past.

Some of the fascination of the West Midlands is where the former Great Western Railway company encroached into its rivals’ territories. Here, this was in the Midland Railway’s heartlands. After nationalisation, such lines fell under the control of the then London Midland Region of British Rail and naturally preference went to former LMS lines rather than those of the GWR. However, the line through Droitwich Spa Station continues, although most trains are now operated by the West Midlands Railway.

Although the GWR’s Birmingham Snow Hill Station was closed in 1972, it reopened in 1987, restoring many old services. Interestingly, once away from the city, surprisingly the lower quadrant semaphore signals survive in numbers. Even the signal box, visible under the bridge by the junction, is still fully operational.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 2 Mar 2020
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 34mm
  • F/10
  • 1/250 Sec
  • ISO 200

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