|Wolverhampton Low Level Station
The station was originally planned as a part of the Oxford,
Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway, but the Act passed on
14th August 1848 stated that it was to be constructed and
maintained jointly for the use of the Shrewsbury &
Birmingham Railway, the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton
Railway, and the Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Dudley Railway.
The buildings were designed by John Fowler, the track layout
by Henry Robertson, and the overall roof by I. K. Brunel.
station, which opened in 1854 had a grand entrance hall with
booking offices, and waiting and refreshment rooms. The very
wide and long platforms prevented overcrowding, and allowed
both up and down trains to arrive on the same platform at
the same time. The platforms were linked by an iron bridge.
The GWR favoured the 7 foot ¼ inch broad gauge, whereas the
Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway used the 4 foot 8½ inch
standard gauge. This resulted in mixed gauge track being
laid in the station. In April 1869 the broad gauge track was
replaced by standard gauge track. In 1922 a new booking
office with 5 ticket windows was built, both platforms were
extended, and the overall roof was replaced with standard
GWR platform canopies. Electric lighting was installed in
March 1930, and in July 1944 two ton electric goods lifts
A fine afternoon as ex-GWR 43xx series, 2-6-0
number 6317 heads a local train.
A fine view of Low Level Station in the early
|The station continued in passenger use until March 1972.
By that time the GWR mainline had come to the end of its
life, having been superseded by the electrified West Coast
Mainline, and the electrified Stour Valley Line. The Low
Level Station had itself been superseded by the new High
Level Station. From 1968 the Shrewsbury services had moved
to the High Level Station, and the Low Level only catered
for local shuttle services to and from Birmingham, run by
diesel multiple units. In 1970 the station was converted to
a Parcels Concentration Department at a cost of £30,000.
Much of the track was removed, and the platforms greatly
modified. It opened on 6th April 1970 and was very
successful, handling up to 8,000 parcels each day. British
Railway's policy on parcel handling soon changed, and the
station closed on 1st June 1981.
Ex-GWR Castle Class 'Totnes Castle' number 5031 is about to
depart from Low Level Station in the early 1960s. The locomotive was
withdrawn in October 1963.
An ex-GWR Castle heads north from the station
with a Royal train.
An unknown Castle Class locomotive leaves Wolverhampton tunnel
and heads towards Low Level Station with a Royal train from
Birmingham. It can be identified by the distinctive six-wheeled
coach bogie with white painted wheels, and the unique
headlamp code. 4 lamps on the front of the engine.
Thanks to Vic Smith for the information.
Castle Class number 4082 'Windsor Castle' leaves Wolverhampton
Low Level Station with a north-bound Royal train.
An ex-GWR Castle standing on the goods loop in
front of the carriage shed.
High Level Station