I READ with interest your article in The Bugle (September 26 edition) about the Stourbridge viaduct. I used to travel over this when I worked at Round Oak Steelworks.
I would get the train at Stourbridge town to the junction and then catch the train for Wolverhampton. This would go over the viaduct to stations at Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill and then Round Oak where I would get off as I worked on the Round Oak internal railway.
This line was also a very busy goods line in those days with a goods yard at Brettell Lane, a line into Harris and Pearsons brickworks, just before Brierley Hill, a large siding for Marsh and Baxter’s, where cows, pigs and sheep all came by rail. They were offloaded and walked to the factory via a tunnel under the road.
Next was the Round Oak sidings where 90% of their raw materials came by rail. Also between Brettell Lane and Brierley Hill there was a branch line to Moor Lane goods yard and on to the Pensnett estate with lines into Baldwins at Brockmoor and Gibbons brickyard at Lenches Bridge. All this traffic travelled over the viaduct.
I wonder if any reader remembers the train that came off the rails on the viaduct and was part over the side. It must have been in the 1960s or 1970s.
I have also read the interesting articles on the hop picking time for Black Country folk.
But does any reader remember the accident in Pensnett High Street when a lorry landed on its back with women and children going hop picking. Some people were sitting or leaning over the side and they were hit by a vehicle coming the other way killing several and leaving others with bad injuries.
Not long after this it was made against the law to carry people on the back of an open lorry.
I look forward to reading many more of your local stories from the past.
Lavender Lane, Stourbridge.