Station Name: BIRMINGHAM MOOR STREET

[Source: Nick Catford]
Date opened: 1.7.1909
Location: On the east side of Moor Street
Company on opening: Great Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 26.9.1987
Company on closing: British Rail (London Midland Region)
Date re-opened: 11.12.2010
Company on re-opening: Network Rail (For use by Chiltern Railways)
County: Warwickshire
OS Grid Ref: SP074868
Date of visit: December 1984 and 8.11.2012

Notes: Moor Street Station was closed in 1987 on the reopening of the line through Snow Hill Tunnel. A new Moor Street Station was built on the through line and the old terminus became redundant. After many years of dereliction the Grade II listed building has been restored to 1930's condition incorporating a wine bar, shop and refreshments. Eventually it is hoped that the station will be reconnected to the main line as a terminus for trains from London Marylebone. It will also become the northern terminus of the Shakespeare Express steam train service. It has been equipped with a restored GWR water crane (ex-Birmingham Railway Museum) and also a Water Tower (to GWR design) for servicing steam locomotives.

Although in the 1960s British Railways put all of its investment into the former LNWR route to London and closed the GWR route by the 21st century things were very diffferent. The railways of the UK were carrying more passengers than at any time sine 1923 on a network that was much smaller than it had been at that time. Chiltern Railways had already introduced a passenger service between the re-opened Birmingham Snow Hill station and London Marylebone and it had become so popular that the company needed to run more trains. The re-built Snow Hill was not as large as the original and had no spare capacity. The solution was to re-open the original Birmingham Moor Street. It re-opened on 11 December 2010 the first train to use it being a steam hauled special to London Paddington and return.

For a more detailed history of Birmingham Moor Street see Vintage Trains web site


Seen at Platform 3 on the traverser is 3101, an ex GWR 2-6-2T in 1950s. A Collett development of a Churchward design, this loco entered service on 28.2.1939 having been built at Swindon works. It was withdrawn from Tyseley Shed, 84E on 30.9.57 and scrapped at Swindon in February 1961.
P
hoto by Robert Darlaston



1927 1:2500 OS map

Birmingham Moor Street Station in December 1984.
Photo by Nick Catford


Birmingham Moor Street Station concourse restored to 1930's condition seen in November 2003
Photo by Maurice Howes from Vintage Trains web site

Birmingham Moor Street after restoration
P
hoto by Clive Hanley (from Vintage Trains & Shakespere Express web site)

Platform 3 at Birmingham Moor street station in August 2011 taken from the same view point as the 1950s picture above.
P
hoto by Dave Beaman


Birmingham Moor Street station seen from its namesake on 8 November 2012.
P
hoto by John Wilson


Looking north at Birmingham Moor Street o n 8 November 2012 at a Chiltern Railways train which was about to depart for London Marylebone. The train consisted of a class 67 locomotive number 67 015, refurbished British Rail built mark 3 coaches and a former Virgin Trains Driving Van Trailer (DVT). The Chiltern services follow in the main the route of the former GWR London Paddington - Birmingham Snow Hill route but at the southern end of the journey go onto the former Great Central route into Marylebone. All railways that in the 1960s had an uncertain future.
P
hoto by John Wilson

Station Entrance in
1984

Station Entrance in
1984

Birmingham
Moor Street

Birmingham Moor Street

Birmingham
Moor Street

Birmingham
Moor Street

Birmingham Moor
Street - seen from
Bull Ring

Snow Hill Tunnel

After restoration

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[Source: Nick Catford]

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