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Bromsgrove 1969

During 1969 the bankers at Bromsgrove were variously reported as

Monday 17th February

D7021

Saturday 1st March

D7022 D7024 and D7025  

Friday 11th April

D7021 D7023 and D7025 

Tuesday 28th October

D7022 D7023 D7025 with D7023 failing during the day and being replaced by D6969

The average number of banking trips in an eight hour shift was between four and six.


Bromsgrove Station rebuilt 

During the period April to June, Bromsgrove station was rebuilt. The down southbound platform was demolished and the footbridge removed on Sunday 6th April. The track work was realigned 10 feet across and 15 inch higher. The point work was also altered to accommodate single platform operation. From Sunday 27th April a temporary short platform was operated being replaced by the permanent structure by mid June.


Special Trains from Bromsgrove 

On two occasions early in the year on Saturday 22nd March and Saturday 26th April a special through train was run from Bromsgrove to London Paddington for 1 return. On the first date it was for the Ideal Home Exhibition and the second one for the FA Cup Final.


Another Derailment 

A derailment occurred on the incline just below Blackwell on Monday 30th June at 1930 hours, the train consisting of 49 wagons from Washwood Heath to Stoke Gifford, some being car transporter wagons carrying cars destined for Penzance. As the train started the descent a coupling parted and the diesel locomotive plus three transporter wagons pulled away, then stopped. The rest of the train rolled forward, gathering speed, and crashed into the stationery transporter wagons. Altogether four wagons were derailed, one car being crushed. A Passenger train ascending the incline was stopped by the freight train driver who ran down the track to warn of the danger. The lines were closed until 1900 on Tuesday evening.