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The Train Approaching Platform 1 at Alvechurch Station.

Alvechurch Station.


Alvechurch Station at night with a train having just stopped on the opposite platform.

Brightly lit at night.

A scene that would have been very different up until just 5 years ago. Built as a single platform on a single line track back in November 1859, it was originally located just forward of the current platform that the camera is on. The line as far as Redditch was reprieved from closure in the 1960s (although the line beyond that succumbed), in 1993 the line was electrified and the platform at Alvechurch Station moved to its current location.From just four trains a day in the 1960s, the line now enjoys a 20 minute frequency service. This entailed doubling a section of line from just behind the camera at the Birmingham end to around half-way to Redditch in front and the addition of the second platform at which this cross-Birmingham train has just arrived. The line when built had some provision for future doubling. All the bridges over the railway were built wide enough, although those carrying the railway were only built for single. This enabled the usually long double-track section to be built relatively cheaply. The train has been caught just before it has come to a stop – hence the short light trails and part of the Alvechurch Station platform being visible through the front of the train.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 17 Jan 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 35mm
  • F/16
  • 30 Sec
  • ISO 100

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