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'Make Mine a Double' instituted a thread on railway posters to which I also contributed and which was concluded in November 2020.

This proved to be a popular posting, and as a New Year treat I've decided to institute a new thread based on old and new photos available on the Geograph website. Most of the old photos were taken by Dr. Ben Brooksbank from 1945 onwards; he had over 9,000 photos on this website taken up until shortly before his death two years ago, so there is plenty of subject matter! Dr Brooksbank was a well-travelled person as a medical researcher and covered much of the UK.

If anyone has old photos of railway subjects in England, Wales and Scotland and cares to post them in this thread, I'll try and match them to modern photo(s) on the Geograph site. Please note I'll only be posting once or twice a week.

Today's offerings are of Ashchurch in Gloucestershire, starting with Ben Brooksbank's first-ever railway photo (click on the photos to go to the larger originals):
Ashchurch Station, December 1945

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Ashchurch was the junction between the Midland Railway's line from Bromsgrove to Cheltenham and Gloucester, and it's own branches from Great Malvern and Evesham. Besides coming into the station, the branches were linked to each other in a direct connection over the main line on a level crossing just north of the station - note the signal on each side protecting the main line from trains using the link:
Ashchurch - Great Malvern railway

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The detailed caption to this photo has much information about these various branches.

From 1957:
Ashchurch Station, 1957

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From 1969:
Ashchurch station, northward from road bridge

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From 1989:
Site of Ashchurch station

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And in 1997:
New Ashchurch Station

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I've chosen to go up the line from Ashchurch to Bromsgrove, which has undergone significant changes in the last 70+ years.

We start off with another of Dr Ben Brooksbank's earliest photos from 1948:
Bromsgrove Station, with Down express passing

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The famous Lickey incline starts its rise just beyond the road bridge.

From 1955:
A stranger to these parts, a GW 'Castle' on a Rail Tour prepares to tackle the Lickey Bank at Bromsgrove

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1975:
Diesel Multiple Unit at Bromsgrove, 1975

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By this date the former Down platform had been removed, and trains heading towards Gloucester had to be turned into the Up platform.
The derelict building on the right was part of an extensive railway wagon works. The extent of these can be seen as they were in 1925 at https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW013811.

1990:
Class 156 at Bromsgrove, 1990

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The Down platform has been reinstated, but the original station buildings have been removed.

2016:
Bromsgrove railway station (site), Worcestershire

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A new station is under construction and part in use and the old done away.

And from 2018:
First Cross-City Electric Train Arrived at Bromsgrove Today

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QUOTE (Bear 1923 @ 8 Jan 2021, 20:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmmm? So what signalboxes were where at Ashchurch? Who had what station limits and what were the block sections?


There was a box at the south end of the station and another at the north end which in part controlled the link between the two branches. The latter is visible in the first two photos posted above. The 1957 picture was taken about the time that the link between the branches was shut down, and shows both the old south box and a new 'Junction' box under construction which covered the whole station from 1958 until 1969 and was promptly demolished when a MAS scheme was installed. Not certain which PSB took over, and I've not yet located any information as to the individual coverage of each box.

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Back again - sorry I didn't post anything last week but I ate something that disagreed with me..... but have recovered!

I'm taking a look at Cheltenham today. First we have an elderly loco, seen in 1948:
An Old Stager at Cheltenham Lansdown Station

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A little more recent (1961):
Up stopping train entering Cheltenham Lansdown station

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Cheltenham Lansdown station, 1986

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There had been two other stations on the GWR line serving Cheltenham which were closed at the start of 1966.

The station was renamed 'Cheltenham Spa' - view in 2007:
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station Platform

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This view from 2009 indicates that there had been a clean-up and repaint at some time:
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station, Platform 1

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A view of the main station entrance (2011):
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station

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Finally a view of the former GWR line towards Honeybourne, now a foot and cycle path:
Queen's Road bridge over the Honeybourne Line, Cheltenham

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(This line has been partly revived from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway by the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire Railway, of course!)

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QUOTE (kristopher1805 @ 23 Jan 2021, 21:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>......Gloucester too has changed much there was an interesting station there the Midland Goods but again I have never seen a photo of this facility
There were two Midland stations - a small terminus adjacent to the GWR station until the late 1800s and then Eastgate, opened 1896 and which was closed in 1975. Have a look at https://www.geograph.org.uk/gridref/SO8318 and select the option for "58 images taken pre 2000" - it transpires there are actually 77 photos! - these include a number of this station and adjacent railway lines.

The goods shed was close to the MR terminus - see https://maps.nls.uk/view/109724688 for an 1880s map of the area; later maps, for example circa 1900 https://maps.nls.uk/view/109724691 show how alterations had led to the two stations, linked by a lengthy pedestrian bridge.

See also http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/g/glouc...ate/index.shtml for even more pictures and extracts from the two maps I've linked to above!

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From the relatively small stations I've posted about so far, I'm moving on to Birmingham Snow Hill station, which has had a very chequered career. It's history is detailed at This entry at the Disused Stations website but the Geograph website only has pictures from the 1940s onwards. We start with one of Ben Brooksbank's early photos:

Up class F freight entering Birmingham Snow Hill station, 1946

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(Taken, I notice, just 10 days after I was born!)

1957:
Express from South Wales via Hereford and Worcester enters Birmingham Snow Hill

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Still with steam, from 1964:
Weymouth - Wolverhampton express puffing up out of Snow Hill Tunnel into the Station

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This shows the size of the station, which had been rebuilt in the early C20.

But by 1969 much of the station and tracks were out of use:
Snow Hill Station (Great Western Railway)

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And the last services, which ran until 1972, were operated by 'Bubble cars':
Snow Hill Station (GWR) - the last services

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After closure, much remained in place, except the track - a 1977 view:
Snow Hill Station (platforms 8 and 6)

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From March 1983:
Snow Hill Station - the final clearance

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But by 1987 things were looking up and a new station, smaller in scale appeared:
New Snow Hill Station

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It services both the local Metro service:
Midland Metro terminus, Snow Hill Railway Station

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Chiltern Railway:
Birmingham Snow Hill Station

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and London Midland trains:
London Midland train at Snow Hill

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Apologies for delays in posting some 'new' items due to internet problems over the weekend.

For the next few weeks I'm looking at York, and am starting with the southern approach in the Holgate Bridge vicinity.
We start with a view from April 1950:
Up freight trains racing at York Racecourse

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We still have semaphore signals in use - these were replaced by a colour light signals/powered points system soon afterwards in 1951.

From 1964:
Up freight passing York Racecourse (Holgate) station

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Last of the steam and a diesel loco visible.

We are, in the 1980s, entirely diesel power:
Freight trains pass at Holgate York

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Looking south from the station in 1986 showing the complex track at the south end of the station prior to electrification in the 1990s:
York - railway lines between York Station and Holgate Road bridge

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Unfortunately there are no photos of this area during electrification works in the 1990s, so we jump to the line already electrified:
Looking south westwards out of York Station

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And from 2018:
York Racecourse / Holgate Bridge railway station (site), York

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We move into the centre of York station.
From 1958:
York Station, with Down Special for Scarborough

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So taken after the resignalling of the early 1950s.

After steam: a local train to Leeds in 1975:
Train for Leeds leaves York

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Main line, but before electrification, from 1980:
York railway station - (8)

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York Station 1983

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In 1988, shortly before electrification:
York Railway Station interior.

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A view of the centre from the north end in September 1988 as electrification got under way:
Tracklaying at York

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After electrification, looking South:
York Station, 1997

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Looking North:
York Station, 1997

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Next time we'll look at the north end of the station and the connections to the Scarborough line.

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We have a look at the North end of York station, where there have been significant changes in the way the Scarborough lines are connected.

July 1951:
Up 'Norseman' entering York

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The two tracks crossing sharp left to right connected to the Scarborough lines to the right - mainly to conduct goods trains from the goods avoiding lines to or from the Sacrborough branch. This was taken shortly after the 1951 resignalling, so Waterworks box, visible behind the train, had been closed about two months before the date of the photo. (It was adjacent to the works that took water from the River Ouse and treated for use around the station for steam loco and other uses.)

Seen in 1958:
Crossing at north end of York Station, with train 1958

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Curiously Ben Brookbank's caption still refers to the Waterworks signal box although by then it had been demolished.

The Waterworks Crossing in the two photos shown above was removed in April 1974, although this photo is from 1988 shortly before further trackwork was carried out prior to electrification:
Arriving at York

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This view is the only one I can find which gives a sight of the further rationalisation of the track during electrification works:
York Station, 1997

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The (single) line to Scarborough is the one eventually curving off to the right - originally it became double track the other side of the bridge over the River Ouse after connecting with one bay platform and a siding, formerly another bay. But works around 2019 on the bridge seem to have led to reinstatement of two tracks, as shown here:
Alberta leaving York station

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Next time we'll look at the original York railway museum and the development of the NRM from the former loco shed.

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A final look at York, particularly the old station site, the LNER Museum and the development of the NRM, but excluding the former goods shed.

Of the original station within the city wall, I can only find this picture of it during its final demolition:
Old York railway station

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The building behind with the interesting roofline is the LNER's HQ building - converted some time ago to a hotel:
Cedar Court Grand

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This photo shows the two arches cut in the city wall to allow the railway into the city station:
George Stephenson House

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Former railway museum, York

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Interior view (1958):
York Railway Museum (BR North Eastern Region), Interior

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From 1961:
York (North) Locomotive Depot, scene in Yard

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Sadly, the only interior view of the shed prior to conversion to the NRM is from 1970, and we only see diesels:
North York shed

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From August 1975, shortly before opening:
York Railway Museum

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Interior in April 1976, not long after opening:
National Railway Museum, York 1976: coaching stock

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Interior in 1988, before the main hall was rebuilt due to 'concrete cancer' in the original structure. There were still two turntables at that time:
D8000 in York railway museum

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After the rebuild:
York.

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A look around Worcester, first the loco depot in 1947:
Railway panorama from Rainbow Hill, Worcester

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In 1959:
Worcester Locomotive Depot.

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And in 1963:
Worcester Locomotive Depot, panorama from Tunnel Hill

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Worcester Shrub Hill station still has a good array of semaphore signals - from 1959:
'Down' Midland Parcels train entering Worcester (Shrub Hill) Station

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From 2011:
Worcester - semaphores at Shrub Hill

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Prompted by the views of Worcester shed from last week, a few shots of other sheds:

From 1946:
Saltley Locomotive Depot: inside one of the three roundhouses

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Saltley Locomotive Depot, 1948: elevated view of ash-plant

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The shed is long gone - it seems road transport has taken over the area it was on:
TNT Depot

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Over to Wales, in 1946:
Danygraig Locomotive Depot, with ex-Powlesland & Mason dock tank

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The same area from 2006 - clearly the same building:
Gower Chemicals

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And up to Yorkshire in 1949 at Sheffield:
Darnall Locomotive Depot

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The engine shed was to the south side of the railway main line and is seen here from the west. It's possible that the building in the distance on the left, beyond the coaling tower, is the one visible to the left in the next picture, taken in 2011, looking towards the west:
Train approaching Darnall Station

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A look at several aspects of Shrewsbury.

We start with a picture from 1957:
Stopping train from Chester entering Shrewsbury

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Three years later:
7818 'Granville Manor' on the Cambrian Coast Express at Shrewsbury, 1960

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And in 1962:
Stanier 'Princess Coronation' Pacific at Shrewsbury

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(Shrewsbury was the junction for a number of lines both GWR and joint with other railways - hence the wide spread of locos.)

From 1965 - a DMU now visible indicating the new order of things:
Stopping train at Shrewsbury Station

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Some 20 years later:
Freight Train, Shrewsbury Station, 1985

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and passenger:
Class 47 Entering Shrewsbury, 1985

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Behind the train is the huge 'Seven Bridge Junction' signal box, now thought to be the largest mechanical box, at least in Europe.

This is the earliest photo of the exterior of the station:
Shrewsbury station, 1990

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On to 1998:
Class 153 at Shrewsbury, 1998

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A view from 2008:
Signal off for Wrexham

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Unusual mix of trad semaphore and colour light signals.

There were several other stations in Shrewsbury, the oddest of which was the terminus of the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Light Railway. It had its terminus built on the site of what had been the Abbey's Refectory - views of the station remains:
Abbey Rail Station

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Shrewsbury Abbey railway station (site)

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I'm looking at a smaller junction station today - Keighley in West Yorkshire, with the attraction of the preserved K&WVR as well as the former Midland Main Line from Leeds to Skipton and beyond. Curiously this seems to be one station Dr Brooksbank missed out on! The Worth Valley branch had closed to passengers on the 30th December 1961. The Preservation Society was formed in March 1962, and it was they who organised the last special BR train on the branch in June 1962. There were considerable and lengthy negotiations between the Society and BR, and eventually they were able to start running trains in 1968.

Approaching the station in 1968 on one of the early K&WVR trains:
Keighley, from a K&WVR train, 1968

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And in 1972:
Keighley Station 1972

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The earliest photo of the main line platforms available on the Geograph website is this one from 1984:
Keighley station

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'First generation' DMUs were still in use at this time, and they continued in use for some years with changes in livery. From 1992:
Keighley station

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Eventually the Main Line was electrified as far as Skipton, and here is a view from 2003:
Keighley station

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Back to the Preservation Society's side of the station. This turntable was installed in 1989 and was formerly at Garsdale:
Railway Turntable

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This signal box was previously at Esholt Junction:
Keighley Station

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Curiously the signal box diagram for Esholt Junction is now on display at St Albans South box! The K&WVR protect all their signal box windows with roller shutters when not un use due to their urban location, hence the appearance of this box.

The K&WVR Platform 4 is full of delightful detail - from 2008:
Platform clock, Keighley station

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A more general view from 2013:
Keighley railway station, K & WVR platforms

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Since the above two photos were taken the whole canopy has undergone a major restoration - unfortunately there's no photo showing the end result. The K&WVR hope eventually to restore a canopy to their platform 3 as well.

Can't keep away from signal boxes:
Disused Signal Box

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This box was removed to Irlam Station in 2019 where it was restored and now forms part of a signalling-related museum alongside the refurbished station building. Regret there is as yet no photo of it in the new location.

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QUOTE (hoonsou @ 29 Mar 2021, 23:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Interesting John, but what a shame they had to go to the expense of shutters to protect the windows of the Keighley signal box and then there's the ratbags nicking lead? from the other one. The work that's gone in to all that is a credit to all involved.
The lead was nicked some while ago from the Keighley box despite it being in an NR compound; the lead wasn't part of the original MR design, by the way! The small K&WVR buildings at Damems station are likewise protected by shutters as is the isolated box at the passing loop south of Damems.

At St Albans South we had to bear in mind that every one of the 144 panes had been smashed while our box lay derelict. Thus we were concerned that we might suffer after reopening and have to resort to shutters as well. But since restoring the box in 2008 we've had just two broken windows; one probably due to vandalism with a catapult or air weapon, the other from ballast thrown up from a regrettable 'one under'. We use laminated glass in our windows - not obvious, and has the property of being the same thickness as the original Midland Railway glass, so maintaining the appearance. We have the advantage of being next to both the station (the Keighley box was the other side of a road bridge) and four busy railway tracks as well, so hopefully we'll remain without the need for shutters.
St Albans South signal box museum

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Let's have a look at another early preserved railway - in this case the 'Bluebell Line' at Sheffield Park. First image from Ben Brooksbank:
Bluebell Railway train at Sheffield Park in 1961

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A view of the station buildings:
Sheffield Park station in early days of Bluebell Railway

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From 1963:
Steaming North

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Aveling-Porter 2-2-0T at Sheffield Park, Bluebell Railway, 1964

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Sheffield Park Station, 1975

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From 1985:
Costumed school outing at Sheffield Park Railway Station

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From 1998:
Sheffield Park Railway Station

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From 2005:
Passing Trains

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Appears to be the LNER Dynometer car, although the photographer makes no mention of it.

One of the newer buildings that has been erected here:
Sheffield Park engine shed Bluebell Railway

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From 2011 - another new build:
Bluebell Railway: new carriage shed at Sheffield Park

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Finally, from 2018, a view roughly similar to the first photo:
Sheffield Park Station

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Decided to look at a spot where I did quite a bit of trainspotting in my youth - the 'Great Eastern' main line from Liverpool Street to the east as it passes through Stratford.
We start off with one of Ben Brooksbank's delightful pictures from 1948 - ten years before I started trainspotting here:
Stratford: typical scene with a Goods and an empty stock train

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Up Express, also in 1948:
Up 'East Anglian' passing Stratford, 1948

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From 1955:
Up Southend train passing Stratford Station

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From 1958:
The Down 'Broadsman' passes Stratford Station

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I'm not one of the three lads visible in the photo - I preferred the Down Electric platform for various reasons - that's the one behind the train.

From 1959, one of several short goods trains Ben Brooksbank photographed:
Trip goods coming off the line from Temple Mills at Stratford Station

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Smoke of a different sort from 1980:
Stratford Station

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A Central line train in 1987:
The Central Line at Stratford

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Also from 1987, an early Docklands Light Railway:
The Docklands Light Railway at Stratford

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One of the very few views of the local electric trains:
Stratford.

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A view of newer trains:
Stratford main line Station, 1998

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By 2008 the number of lines at Stratford had been reduced:
Stratford Regional Station in transformation, 2008

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The construction works visible in the photo above were the start of major works for the 2012 Olympics, which included major changes to the station as well:
Norwich train entering Stratford Station

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It's interesting that there are virtually no pictures of main line trains once the steam locos departed!

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