Monday, December 18, 2006

and on Sunday to Stourbridge

I was up early
and it turned into a lovely day

Old newspapers about Stourbridge,
whch is a small town in central England, historically located at the edge of rural Worcestershire, but also an industrial center at the southern edge of the Black Country, and since 1974 amalgamated into the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.

In the 19th century Stourbridge achieved a world wide reputation in certain industries.

Predominant among these were engineering, refractory materials and glass making. From the middle of that century the growth of all local industries were stimulated by the improved transportation brought about by the railways, and eventually they became, in their turn, a major industry and employer within the town.

The down turn in the fortunes of the railways, after World War II, eventually led to the closure of many local lines, and the contraction of its infrastructure at Stourbridge. The rump of this railway system has survived to see better times in the 1990s, and, amazingly, the town still retains two railway stations, at either end of Great Britain's shortest branch line!"

"HELLO SANTA!"
I snapped them so they filmed me in the tunnel under Stourbridge Junction station


it turned out to be the last day of Sunday services for this little tram






Parry People Movers Ltd - Home page


the end of the line for sunday traffic

Stourbridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

THE BRIDGE LINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Stourbridge Lion: "which was the first locomotive to run on a railway in America, and was operated between Honesdale and Seely's Mills in Pennsylvania on the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company's railroad, August 8, 1829."

I have wanted to look at this viaduct since I glimpsed it from a bus.

closed to passnegers from 1962 Stambermill Viaduct

the foundations of an older viaduct possibly of timber
from this Railway Gallery

Amblecote National School, 1858
showing Brunel's timber viaduct in background.
This was replaced by an embankment
when undermined by coal working.

Note also Dennis Hall, site of the
Thomas Webb glass works.

Stourbridge Library Collection

"timber viaduct" Brunel - Google Search



and the river Stour just below Stamber Mill

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