THIS remarkable scene dates from around 1910 and comes to us from Arthur Gunter of Merry Hill, Wolverhampton, a keen collector of Black Country picture postcards.
The card was one of the Wulfruna Series published by Wolverhampton printer George E. Lee and it shows an unusual house in Bradmore.
On the back of the card is a lengthy description of the cottage, which reads, "The illustration on the other side represents one of the most remarkable houses ever heard of. It will be noticed that the second floor consists entirely of an old railway carriage, one of those which were used in the early days, when the broad gauge was in existence. The carriage at one time consisted of six compartments, but now, by the removal of some of these, three cosy little bedrooms have been made. Old railway carriages have been used for various purposes but not often is one used as the top storey of a cottage. The family who reside in this exceedingly pretty little cottage are naturally very proud of it, and is an object of great interest to people visiting the neighbourhood."
The question we ask Bugle readers is what became of the cottage? Is there a railway enthusiast among you who knows its fate? Perhaps someone could even tell us where the carriage was made. It may be a Great Western carriage but could it have been built at the Stafford Road works?
If you can answer these questions or have more unusual pictures of the Black Country contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk