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Worcester Shrub Hill railway station

worcester shrub hill railway station
Worcester Shrub Hill railway station is one of two railway stations serving the city of Worcester in Worcestershire, England It is managed by London Midland, and it is also served by Great Western Railway The platform 2B waiting room of Worcester Shrub Hill is Grade II listed and reopened in 2015 after a ten-year refurbishment project

The city's other station, Worcester Foregate Street, is situated in the city centre; Shrub Hill is situated to the east

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Railway operations
  • 3 Services
  • 4 Waiting room
  • 5 References
  • 6 Bibliography
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links

Historyedit

Signals SH77 and SH78 are two examples of the Western Region's semaphore signals from the old British Rail days

The first station at Shrub Hill was opened in 1850 being jointly owned by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton and Midland Railways; until 1852 it was used only as a terminus for the latter's services from Birmingham The present station building was designed by Edward Wilson and built in 1865 It is a Georgian-style building mainly of engineering brick with stone facings Originally there was also a train shed which was removed in the 1930s A survival at the station are the Western Region semaphore signals The station is served by Cafe Loco which is situated opposite the booking office, at the main entrance

Railway operationsedit

The entire station is controlled by Worcester Shrub Hill Signal Box located at the 'London' south end of platform 1 The Worcester area is controlled by another two signal boxes at Henwick west of Foregate Street, and Tunnel Junction to the north of Shrub Hill Both platform 1 and 2 can be used in either direction, generally trains for Foregate Street use platform one and trains towards Oxford and Cheltenham Spa use platform 2 but this is not in all cases Platform 3 is a small bay that was used mainly for the former Wessex Trains/Wales & West service towards Cheltenham Spa, as it is a small south facing bay platform its use is limited Trains leaving Shrub Hill for Foregate Street join a single line that ends near Henwick signal box south of Foregate Street station This is one of the two single lines through Foregate Street Station

Near to the station is Worcester Traction Maintenance Depot TMD which is currently operated by London Midland who also stable trains at various locations around Shrub Hill station Great Western Railway also stable some of their Diesel Multiple Units DMU at Worcester TMD Shrub Hill station is home to London Midland and Great Western Railway train crew depots Also to the north of the station behind platform 2 & 3 is a goods yard

Servicesedit

CrossCountry train calling at Worcester Shrub Hill, Cardiff-Nottingham service October 2016

Worcester Shrub Hill is served by London Midland's route from Worcester to Birmingham, via Kidderminster and Stourbridge Junction This line runs to Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street, with many of the services on it continuing through to either Whitlocks End or Dorridge1 There are also a limited number of trains via Bromsgrove to Birmingham New Street that start or terminate or call here, mainly at peak times or in the early morning/late evening Most through services between Hereford and New Street otherwise take the direct route between Foregate St to Droitwich Spa to avoid the need for a reversal

Great Western Railway operate about a dozen services a day to and from London Paddington, the majority of which are via the Cotswold Line and Oxford2 Other services to and from London operate via Cheltenham Spa, the Gloucester/Swindon line Golden Valley Line and the Great Western Main Line via Didcot and Reading FGW run services southwards every two hours to Bristol Temple Meads via Cheltenham and Gloucester,3 which then mostly continue to either Weymouth or Brighton via Westbury GWR also run services via Worcester Foregate Street to Great Malvern and Hereford from Oxford and London

London Midland's service between Worcester and Gloucester via Ashchurch and Cheltenham to complement the 2-hourly Great Western Railway service was discontinued at the start of the December 2009 railway timetable due to low passenger usage - however London Midland still operate a single service from Birmingham New Street to Gloucester on Friday nights, departing at 23:46

Being the bigger of the two stations in Worcester, due to its sidings, Worcester Shrub Hill is often used as stabling point for goods trains and locomotives, as well as an overnight stop for some Great Western Railway rolling stock

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Worcester
Foregate Street or
Terminus
  London Midland
Worcester Shrub Hill/Hereford/Great Malvern-Birmingham
  Droitwich Spa
Worcester
Foregate Street
  London Midland
Hereford/Great Malvern-Shrub Hill
  Terminus
Worcester
Foregate Street
  London Midland
Worcester-Birmingham
via Kidderminster
  Droitwich Spa
Worcester
Foregate Street
  Great Western Railway
Cotswold Line
  Pershore
Worcester
Foregate Street
  Great Western Railway
Worcester-Bristol
  Ashchurch for
Tewkesbury

Waiting roomedit

On Platform 2b is the former ladies’ waiting room which extends onto the platform It is a cast-iron frame cast at the Vulcan Iron Works at Worcester This was a subsidiary of the MacKenzie and Holland signal manufacturing company about 200 yards from Worcester Shrub Hill station The exterior is decorated with classical pilasters and covered with "majolica" ceramic tiles made by Maw and Company of Broseley4

Maw was originally a Worcester company founded in 1850 when they bought the old Chamberlain tile factory However, in 1852 they moved to Broseley to be nearer their source of clay In the main they made encaustic tiles rather than the "majolica" ceramic tiles used to decorate the Shrub Hill waiting room

Wojtczak writes that in 1873 there was Ladies’ Waiting Room Attendant called Mrs Dale who earned 10s and that this was the same rate of pay as a Mrs Spencer who was the office cleaner5

Worcester Locomotive Depot in 1959

It is Grade II listed and English Heritage placed it on the "Buildings At Risk Register" in 2003 The official records record that the waiting room was added c1880 In 2005 the register records "The cast iron frame is in need of structural repair The front wall is leaning out and currently shored up Preliminary investigative work has been carried out, but repair works were delayed due partly to problem of locating specialist contractors" In April 2005, Network Rail applied for listed building planning consent to restore the waiting room to bring it back into use before the end of 2006 The application gave detail of the work to be carried out including restoration of the cast iron work and the sourcing and replacement of the missing ceramic tiles but as at May 2006 no work had commenced and English Heritage reported that the building should be included on the 2006 “Buildings At Risk Register”6 Restoration work did commence, and in 2015, the refurbishment was completed

Referencesedit

  1. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 71
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 126
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 123
  4. ^ Richard Morriss The Archaeology of Railways, 1999 Tempus Publishing,Stroud plate72 p128
  5. ^ Helena Wojtczak "Railwaywomen", Hastings Press,2005 p6 ISBN 1 904 109047
  6. ^ English Heritage Regional Registers 2010 West Midlands: Worcester Retrieved 9 January 2011

Bibliographyedit

  • Biddle, Gordon 2003 Britain's Historic Railway Buildings Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-866247-5 
  • Boynton, John & Widdowson, Stephen 2000 Worcester Shrub Hill 150, 1850-2000 Worcester 150 ISBN 0-9522248-8-7 

Further readingedit

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith 2007 Worcester to Birmingham Middleton Press figs 1-13 ISBN 9781904474975 OCLC 263292710 
  • Allen, David 26 March – 8 April 1997 "A sea of semaphores at Worcester" RAIL No 301 EMAP Apex Publications pp 46–49 ISSN 0953-4563 OCLC 49953699 

External linksedit


  • Train times and station information for Worcester Shrub Hill railway station from National Rail
  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Worcester Shrub Hill station

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