History

Old Train
A GWR 0-4-2T, possibly No. 148, has been checked at Stourbridge in the late 1920s with its short train comprising a pair of auto-trailers, probably for use on the Stourbridge branch line. (Pic: courtesy Dr Paul Collins)

We’re very proud of our railway history in Stourbridge! This part of the website looks back over the decades to the very beginning of passenger services in the town. Scroll down to see some great nostalgia, and to find out how to get in touch with any memories or maybe old photos and memorabilia that you’d like to share with us.

7032 at Stourbridge Junction

The opening of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway in 1852 saw the opening of Stourbridge station. However, this station was neither of the existing stations – it was about 3/8 mile north of the current Stourbridge Junction station just south of Junction Road. This station was not convenient for the town centre, so a line was built from it to a new station situated just south of Foster Street. This opened on 1 October 1879 and ran south from the OWW station, now renamed Stourbridge Junction, before turning sharply right and heading in a north westerly direction to the town centre station, which was simply named Stourbridge. The line was built with double track throughout, the line from the Junction being the down line. The town centre station was a single 298 feet long platform built on the down side of the line and possessed a fine station building. On 1 January 1880, the up line was extended down a steep 1 in 27 incline beyond the station to serve the goods depot at Amblecote.

Double track continued past the station over a very low bridge which spanned Foster Street, before the down line terminated about 150 yards past the station. A crossover onto the up line at this point allowed steam locomotives to be released to run around their trains. Trains leaving Stourbridge on a train bound for Stourbridge Junction used the down line for the first 100 yards before crossing to the up line.

The first major change to the branch occurred on 1 October 1901 when the original two platform Stourbridge Junction station closed and was replaced by the four platform station that is still in use today, albeit with one less platform. This meant that the branch was realigned at its southern end to follow the route that exists today.