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Thread: Dudley Freightliner Depot, West Midlands. (very pic heavy)

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    Unhappy Dudley Freightliner Depot, West Midlands. (very pic heavy)


    When I first came to the Midlands in '88, this place was still active but shutting down. In the years that followed ,I'd wished I'd taken some pics of this place. That is until now.
    Earlier this month, I was scouting for culverts in the area and then I came across this place. Hadn't been here for years, so with camera in hand I took a few pics and now present my (and someone else's) history on British Rail Freightliner Depot in Dudley in the West Midlands.

    The Dudley station started back in 1860 as a passenger and cargo line going all over the Midlands
    I couldn't find any old photos of the station back then, but did find some from 1956.
    This is a view looking from the station to the main road and bridge.


    Another view, this time from the bridge looking towards the station


    In 1964 the station closed and was reopened as a freight depot. The old buildings were torn down and an extensive cargo yard was built.

    Track layout and yard plan from 1977


    The tracks and yard continued upto 1989 before finally closing about 1989/90

    Looking towards the bridge


    View from the track to where buildings used to be.


    And now in 2009
    Looking to the bridge



    Overgrown trackside building



    Looking along the track (dismantled further down)


    The mouth of the Dudley tunnel (goes right under the town)


    The only original thing left. The gates in BR red.



    Final one of the entrance to the site. The wasteground once had loads of buildings.





    Dudley Freightliner Depot 1860-1989

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    Nice write up. :)

    It's such a pain when you do loads of research ( some excellent historical pics there ) and when you finally get there the site has gone. I had a similar one just the other day. I had noticed "pump house" in a field on modern maps and thought I couldn't lose. Upon arrival, all that is left are the tin sheet walls and sheep live inside. No machinery, no clues, nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Upon arrival, all that is left are the tin sheet walls and sheep live inside. No machinery, no clues, nothing.
    Sorry you didn't find much Sausage, but isn't it nice though, to be able to put a name to just a few otherwise clueless remains. I think stuff like that is really interesting.
    Very much enjoyed your write-up and photos, DogRecon. Great to see the before and after pics. Good stuff. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Sorry you didn't find much Sausage, but isn't it nice though, to be able to put a name to just a few otherwise clueless remains. I think stuff like that is really interesting.
    Very much enjoyed your write-up and photos, DogRecon. Great to see the before and after pics. Good stuff. :)
    Ooo it's nice Foxylady. :)

    Folk where I live think I'm mad but is something I'm genuinely interested in - history and all that. I love the ground work leading to a find, even better if you stumble upon something else in the process.
    I know of some other small pump houses and sooner or later I will find a complete one.

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    hang on, hang on....
    There's a disused tunnel right under the town?
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    Default good stuff


    Anything remotely connected with derelict railway stuff gets my juices movin"
    Great post

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    Wink Tunnel under the town


    That's right Urbanx, A tunnel right under the town. Its dark, damp, full of junk that my cheap torch couldn't pick up, bends round to the right and I really should do another couple of pics as you have another station the other side. ;)
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    like the "glory hole" in Kidsgrove, this is another place connected with the Black Panther.

    While laying a ransom drop off trail the yard supervisor approached a tresspesster & was shot (non fatally) for his troubles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Nice write up. :)

    It's such a pain when you do loads of research ( some excellent historical pics there ) and when you finally get there the site has gone. I had a similar one just the other day. I had noticed "pump house" in a field on modern maps and thought I couldn't lose. Upon arrival, all that is left are the tin sheet walls and sheep live inside. No machinery, no clues, nothing.
    Tell me about it sausage! :(

    Good stuff Dog, wouldn't mind some more location info please..... ;)

    :)


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