HOCKLEY GALLERY 1950 to 1970

[Source: Terry Callaghan]

Looking from the Wolverhampton end of the island platform in the Birmingham direction probably in the late 1950's or early 1960's. The centre road through the station was the down main and due to restrictions caused by the adjacent goods yard a platform was not provided following the 1900's rebuild of the station.
Photo from the John Mann Collection

Viewed in the opposite direction to the previous picture the unusual access ladders to the sturdy lighting columns is evident.
Photo from the John Mann Collection

On 17 November 1962 ex-GWR King Class 4-6-0 no. 6018 King Henry VI is seen at Hockley at the head of 1Z38 The King Commemorative Rail Tour organised by the Locomotive Club of Great Britain. The train had already called at Birmingham Snow Hill and was en-route to Wolverhampton Low Level.
Photo by David Pearson

A smartly turned out Ex-GWR Collet Class 4-6-0 no. 5063 Earl Baldwin drifts through Hockley towards Birmingham during June 1964. The locomotive would be withdrawn during February 1965 from Oxley shed (2B) and was cut up by Cashmore's of Great Bridge during May 1965.
Photo by Peter Shoesmith from Geoff Dowlings Flickr photostream
Reproduced with kind permission from Geoff Dowling and John Whitehouse

Looking in the Birmingham direction in the early 1960's from midway along the island platform although the main lines are quiet the goods yard look to be a hive of activity.
Photo from the John Mann collection

A mid 1960's picture looking south along the island platform as passengers prepare to board a northbound working. The station has certainly gone into decline in comparison with earlier shots with a selection of weeds starting to grow on the platform. The good yard, to the right, seems to have less wagons stabled within the yard.
Photo from the Jim Lake collection

When station staff were withdrawn the booking office was boarded up and abandoned, prospective passengers would certainly not been welcomed by the stations appearance. This 1970 picture is certainly synonymous with how all the stations along the route looked at this time.
Photo by John Mann

In October 1970 John Mann visited the station to take a series of pictures, one such was of the entrance to the subway. The comparisson shot, to the right, shows how the entrance looked just over 45 years later on 30 January 2016. Note that the location of the large direction board can still be made out on the end wall.
Photo's by John Mann and Terry Callaghan

The tired looking running-in-board on October 1970 the up main platform building and canopy are certainly in a state of disrepair.
Photo by John Mann

Looking from the up main platform, again in October 1970, in the Wolverhampton direction. The two lines, nearest the photographer, have been out of use for several years at this point hence the heavy rust on the railhead. All lines into the Hockley Goods Yard and warehouses have been lifted.
Photo by John Mann

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[Source: Terry Callaghan]

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