Station Name: THE HAWTHORNS
[Source: Terry Callaghan]
Opening day on 25 December 1931 saw 2-6-2T 4575 Class loco head the first train through the station which is arriving here on the up platform located on the Old Hill branch. The loco has been decorated for the ribbon-breaking ceremony and the whole scene is surveyed by spectators, not only on the platform but on the embankment to the left.
The 1937 1:2500 OS map shows the three platforms on the Wolverhampton side of Halfords Lane.
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The 1937 1:2500 OS map showing the single platform located on the down relief lines on the Birmingham side of Halfords Lane.
The OS 1:1500 plan shows the dismantled section towards Wolverhampton, which were the former main passenger lines with the relief passenger lines curving away in the Langley Green direction. These lines were retained for access to a local scrap yard.
An aerial view in 1950 of the three platforms west of Halfords Lane. The wide footbridge from the up branch and the down Wolverhampton platform can clearly be seen along with the entrance structure from the footpath.
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The entrance from Halfords Lane to the single down branch platform. This structure and a similar shelter over the entrance to the branch and down Wolverhampton platform were the only structures that the railway company saw fit to build.
Photo from the John Mann collection
A general view south from the up Birmingham platform. The basic materials of construction used for the platforms is quite evident.
Photo from the John Mann collection
The view north in 1966 showing the single, down Old Hill direction, platform with a Brush Type 4 (latterly Class 47) locomotive heading in the Birmingham direction with, what looks to be a Birkenhead Woodside to London Paddington express. The single platform is in remarkable condition in comparison to the three platforms, west of the Halfords Lane overbridge, in the distance.
Photo by John Evans
Class 37 37 029 ambles through the derelict single down branch platform on 28 September 1990. The loco is hauling Bescot 'T48' trip taking empty Blue Circle cement tanks from Handsworth back to Bescot Yard (via Langley Green Yard). T48 also served the coppers metals scapyard at Handsworth and the Albright & Wilson chemical works on the former Oldbury branch. The train is heading along what was the down branch (Old Hill direction) line with a short section of the up branch in situ, next to the locomotive. The platform ramp up to the Halfords Lane exit is still discernible.
Photo by P Dorney from the Ivan Stewart collection on Flickr
Looking in the Wolverhampton direction on 2 July 1996 at the rebuilt station, a BREL Class 150/1 No.150 107 is standing at platform 1 with a Stourbridge-bound service. The specification for high quality stations to be provided along the ‘Jewellery Line’ is evident with lifts provided to all platforms along with an aesthetically pleasing structure.
Photo by Alan Young
Looking towards Birmingham on 31 January 2016 with a London Midland Class 172 No.172 218 departing for Whitlocks End. The station is still well maintained and fully staffed and certainly a vast improvement on the original one.
Photo by Robert Callaghan
Looking east along the former main line alignment, now occupied by the Midlands Metro. The footpath, left, is roughly in the same alignment as the original station; the Birmingham-bound platform (main) would have been to the left with the Wolverhampton platform to the right
Photo by Terry Callaghan
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