Round Oak railway station

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Round Oak
Location
PlaceBrierley Hill
AreaDudley
Coordinates52°29′19″N 2°07′14″W / 52.4886°N 2.1206°W / 52.4886; -2.1206Coordinates: 52°29′19″N 2°07′14″W / 52.4886°N 2.1206°W / 52.4886; -2.1206
Grid referenceSO919878
Operations
Original companyOxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
History
1852Opened[1]
1962Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Round Oak railway station was a station on the Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line.

History[edit]

It was opened in 1852 to serve the town of Brierley Hill. Two railways/routes served the station - originally the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and the South Staffordshire Railway, which later became the Great Western Railway and London, Midland and Scottish Railway (through amalgamation of the London and North Western Railway) respectively.

Accident[edit]

In 1858 a coupling broke on an excursion train at the station and the rear portion rolled back down the gradient from Round Oak railway station towards Brettell Lane where it collided with another train (which was actually part of the same excursion, the train already having been safely divided once due to its extreme length!) 14 passengers were killed and 50 more injured.

Closure[edit]

British Railways closed the station pre-Beeching in 1962 and plans for a freight use were abandoned at the same time. Goods trains continue to pass the site for a few hundred yards northwards, to Round Oak Steel Terminal.

West Midlands Metro[edit]

A £1,100,000/15-year-long regeneration project will see the station become part of the local tram network with the line reopening between Walsall, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre for trams on one track and for freight on the other. The freighters would continue on past Brettell Lane railway station and on to the mainline at Stourbridge junction.[2] The closed section of railway through Dudley was expected to re-open during the 2010s,[3] as a combined Midland Metro tramway and a heavy rail line for goods trains.

It was set to re-open as a through route in 2012, to run alongside the second phase of the Midland Metro - though it is expected that trams will diverge from the line at around the location of Harts Hill. As at October 2012 no announcement had been made when the construction work will commence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Round Oak Station". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ Chadwick, Edward (25 November 2010). "Plans for 1.1 bn West Midlands Metro system unveiled". Birmingham Post. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Midland Metro - Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Timetable, Funding and Support". Midland Metro. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008.

Further reading[edit]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Harts Hill   Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Later Great Western Railway, then British Rail
Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton (1852-1962)
  Brierley Hill
Harts Hill   South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line Dudley-Stourbridge Junction section (1852-1962)
  Brierley Hill