On 5 October 1987, a much smaller Birmingham Snow Hill station (originally closed on 6 March 1972) was opened for services to Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.  The aspiration at that time was to reopen the line between Snow Hill and Smethwick Junction to create a cross-city line.

On 21 October 1990, a charity walk was organised to enable people to walk the proposed new line as far as Handsworth and Smethwick railway station.  The fee for each walker was £1, with The Sunday Mercury Give a Child Health Fund, The Birmingham Mail Christmas Tree Fund and the BBC Children In Need Appeal benefitting from the proceeds.

A shuttle train service ferried walkers from Handsworth and Smethwick station along the remaining single track stub of the line to Smethwick West station, where it reversed to drop walkers off at New Street station.

The following photographs were taken that day.

The ticket that allowed participants to walk from Snow Hill to Handsworth and return by shuttle train to New Street

snow hill to handsworth walk