Brownhills L & NWR Station and Buses

Brownhills_lnwr_stationI’ve been familiar with this station since the late 1940s when I used to go to school in Lichfield by steam hauled train.  In the early 1960s I started work in Walsall and used the train in the opposite direction, to Walsall, but by that time steam had virtually disappeared and diesel had taken over.

Looking in the other direction, towards Walsall, the second arch of theBrownhills Stn towards Pelsall 2

bridge can be made out.  This did indeed lead to the canal basins and the Wyrley And Essington canal, and sidings on both sides of the main line.Northern Lights (B-Hills Stn) enlargedThis unusual picture shows some of the sidings, looking back towards Brownhills Station in the Lichfield direction.  Goods were unloaded by the building on the left-hand side and delivered by Scammell Scarab hauled lorries.ScarabThe exit from the goods yard was difficult enough in those days – at the junction of Pelsall Road and Chester Road, virtually on the corner.  Just as well there was not much traffic about back then!Plan of road to bus garage 2

Plan of road to bus garage

These maps shows the line to the canal basins, passing the bus garage on the way.

Buses outside garage

London & North-Western Railway Buses

On 1st October 1912 the London & North-Western Railway introduced a bus service between Brownhills, Norton Canes and Hednesford using two Milnes Daimler double-decker buses purchased second-hand 3 years previously from the Associated Omnibus Co., London.

The following year, on the 16th June, a variant of the above service began running via Chasetown and Chase Terrace and additional buses, double-decker Commers were sent to Brownhills.

Painted in standard coaching colours of chocolate and milk, buses carried the company name or initials on the front, back and sides of the top deck and displayed the company Coat of Arms on the sides of the lower deck.

The majority of the LNWR bus services in various parts of England and Wales were withdrawn on 17th April 1915, both Brownhills services included.  The decision to withdraw services being brought about by the continued ‘call-up’ of staff for military service and the probability of buses being commandeered by the War Office.


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