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Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Stourbridge Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Stourbridge Railway

Stourbridge Junction, 1903. www.stourbridge.com

Stourbridge Junction, 1903.

This was incorporated on 14 June 1860, and before building began, a 5-mile extension to join the Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Stour Valley Railway at Smethwick had been authorised on 6 August 1861. The line was then extended further to the GWR at Handsworth, giving a direct link with both New Street and Snow Hill stations. The Company was closely related with the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway and was worked by it (or more precisely by the West Midland Railway) from opening, to Cradley Heath on 1 April 1863, Old Hill on 1 January 1866 and Smethwick on 1 April 1867. An Act of 16 July 1866 (29/30 Victoria c221) authorised amalgamation with the GWR five years after completion, but this was amended by 32/33 Victoria c109 (12 July 1869) which implied that union could take place earlier, without specifying when. Some authorities take this to be 1870, but working agreements were made on 31 July 1871, unnecessary if amalgamation had already happened. Perhaps 1872, as intended by the original Act, is the answer.

Stourbridge Junction is one of two railway stations serving the town of Stourbridge, in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in the West Midlands, England. It lies on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line and is the junction for the Stourbridge Town Branch Line, said to be the shortest operational branch line in Europe. The other station serving Stourbridge is Stourbridge Town at the end of the branch line.

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RichardRothwell – Own work
A Class 139 unit under trial at Stourbridge Junction, 28 January 2009.

Taken at Stourbridge Junction 9:20 am 28th Jan 2009. The train is undergoing trials, and still does not have the steps in place.
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The Parry People Mover (PPM) at Chasewater.

From the Wensleydale Connection

A special issue of Parry News published by JPM Parry & Associates Ltd

September 2005

First Parry People Carrier at Chasewater.The first Parry People Mover at Chasewater Railway – Pic – oakparkrunner

 IN JULY 2003, the PPM 50 railcar needed to be moved at very short notice (just one day) from the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire, when vandals from the local estates who had been regularly trashing the exteriors of carriages had also, to our misfortune, discovered the Parry vehicle.

There can be few organisations as responsive as the Chasewater Railway in the West Midlands and on hearing of PPM’s predicament the General Manager, Steve Organ, made immediate arrangements to receive the vehicle and put it inside the headquarters compound at Brownhills West station. What was intended to be a brief stop-over then turned into two years of activities, all of which have been entirely beneficial to the company’s programme.

The Chasewater Railway’s two mile long line has been ideal for driver training, vehicle shakedown and demonstrations for visitors. Many distinguished people from far and wide – including Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Malaysia – have ridden on the PPM 50 railcar during its stay, as well as a galaxy of senior figures from Britain’s transport industry.

And what next?

The convenience of the location and the facilities offered by the railway, within 20 miles of Parry Associates’ base, and the flexible and co-operative attitude of the Chasewater Railway managers has made this an ideal resource for an R&D partnership.

The next big project for PPM is the development of the bogie-mounted passenger vehicle, particularly with reference to potential future needs of community railways. This work will need facilities for the development running of test beds and complete vehicles. One way to accommodate a need of the Chasewater Railway itself is for a special ‘Permanent Way Vehicle’, in effect a crew cab pick up truck on rails, which PPM may be able to  create using the existing technology. The amicable, informal partnership between the Parry companies and the Chasewater Railway has opened many possibilities to develop the important new sector of lightweight rolling stock for community railways and the export market. For the future there is even the prospect for the Chasewater Railway and PPM to join forces with local interest in promoting and executing the vision of a railway-reopening project – the former line from Brownhills to Walsall.

2008_0730PPMDeerKedlestone0001The newer, enlarged version.

A Parry People Movers railcar is in daily service on the StourbridgeTown branch in the West Midlands. The fleet of two PPM 60s, or Class 139s as they have been designated, run as part of the London Midland franchise. Timetable and ticketing information can be found at www.londonmidland.com, simply type in ‘Stourbridge Junction’ and ‘StourbridgeTown’ as start point and destination. Stourbridge Junction station is served by frequent local trains operated by London Midland, and trains from London Marylebone operated by Chiltern Railways.

Return tickets, for a modest fare, can be purchased at either station for a return trip on the line. If you intend to travel to Stourbridge Junction by rail, make sure that your ticket has ‘StourbridgeTown’ as its destination rather than ‘Stourbridge Junction’. This will allow you to travel on the shuttle service when you arrive.

Services are frequent – running every ten minutes in each direction from early morning until late at night Monday to Saturday (and slightly less frequently between 10am and 8pm on Sundays) – so you will not have to wait long for the next Class 139 departure.