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Bromsgrove 1970

In 1970 a number of interesting events took place :  

From Sunday 3rd May

through trains on the North and West route (Bristol-Hereford-Shrewsbury) were discontinued, being transferred to the Lickey route except for some summer Friday/Saturday holiday trains.

From Monday 4th  May

Various  freight  trains  were  transferred  to  the Stratford To Cheltenham via Honeybourne  route whilst continuous  welded  track  was  installed  on  the Bromsgrove  route until Saturday 3rd October. 

Wednesday 27th  May  

Brush  D1614  was  derailed  at  Kings  Norton whilst  hauling  a  northbound  train  of  six  propane  gas  tanks,  with fortunately  no-one  being injured.   The locomotive ended  up  against  the embankment  with  some  signalling  equipment  being  damaged.

Saturday 5th July

Summer holiday traffic was reported to be hauled almost exclusively by Sulzer (Peak) type 4's, with only three Brush type 4's in evidence.


Class 52's (Westerns) were working through to Birmingham regularly on the 1055 Plymouth to Manchester and the 1725 Manchester to Cardiff return

Friday 14th  August

Warship D843 ‘Sharpshooter’ worked a Plymouth to Derby special throughout, returning at 1700 from  Derby  

Wednesday 9th  September    

A rare  combination  at  Droitwich  triple heading a  freight  to Washwood  Heath  was  D7022/D7023/D7604.

Friday 23rd  October 

Hymek  D7043  arrived  at  Birmingham with  the 1055  Plymouth to Manchester   and  the   1725  Manchester to Cardiff return.  

Friday 11th December

Hymek  D7014  worked  a  special  throughout  from Bristol  to  Derby  due  to  the  late  running  of the 0800 Plymouth to Leeds train.    

By  the  end  of 1970  the  developing  variety  of  motive power was obvious. This  trend would  continue  in  subsequent  years,  with  a growing  use  of  the  Western  Region  diesel-hydraulic  types.