21 september 2019
140 years of stourbridge town branch celebrated
The railway line from Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town opened on 1 October 1879, although, from 1879 to 1901, the service used the original Stourbridge Junction station which was situated close to the divergence of the Dudley and Birmingham lines at Junction Road.
To celebrate the 140 years of operation of the line, Pre-Metro Operations (who operate the Town Car on behalf of West Midlands Railway) and the newly formed Friends of Stourbridge Stations (FoSS) have organised some events.
The first train left the original Stourbridge Junction Station at 0742 without any ceremony as a local band, which was due to send the train off to a rousing tune, failed to show owing to very heavy rain that morning! To right this wrong, FoSS arranged for the B J Concert Band to welcome passengers travelling by the Stourbridge Shuttle by playing on Platforms 1 and 2 at Stourbridge Junction between 1030 and 1200 on a beautiful, warm and sunny 21 September. At 1100, local poets the Prattlers read a special poem that they had written.
In addition, FoSS produced commemorative Stourbridge 140 badges and a limited edition of 139 individually numbered Class 139 badges which were sold at the event.
On the actual anniversary, Tuesday 1 October 2019, every passenger travelling on the Town Shuttle will receive a special commemorative ticket as a souvenir.
The FoSS mission statement says that “We’re passionate about our local stations in Stourbridge. Very soon, you’ll be able to join us and help keep our stations looking lovely! We want to add beautiful splashes of colour to the station scene, in the form of flowers and floral displays. Maybe inspire someone with a book from our station library, or keep our stations looking spick and span with litter picks.” To join FoSS or keep up to date with their activities, please visit their website by clicking on the link below.