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My pals and I spent hours sitting at 'Elephant Rock' in Bradley

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

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I WAS very interested to read Mike Page's article on the GWR line that ran through Bradley in The Bugle (July 10 edition).

This was my favourite spotting line as a kid in the late 1950's. My pals and I would spend hours sitting at 'Elephant Rock' on what in those days was a very busy line, although I have never heard of Bradley and Moxley Station. That is a new one to me. I had several spots along the line which I used, one being near West Bromwich Station at the home of my great uncle George Morgan, an engine driver who lived in the inappropriately named Pleasant Street. As I stood in the back yard at the fence I was looking straight at the line. When inside the house it would shake noticeably as an express went by.

Another favourite spot was on the long gone Potters Lane footbridge at the level crossing by Wednesbury Town Station where you could catch the grubby LMR locos on the lower line and also the more flashy GWR locos on the upper line.

I recently visited this spot and was dismayed to see the rails disappearing into a forest of bushes.

But at least with the development of the Midland Metro the GWR still looks like a railway, although sadly no Kings nor Castles ever pass by.

Alan Wheatley,

Woodsbank Terrace, Darlaston.


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