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The Railway was built and owned by the Great Western Railway Bratch StationCompany. Started in 1912 it was not completed until 1925. It served the rural area to the west of Dudley and Wolverhampton. There were stations at Wombourne, and at Himley with a small Halt at Lower Penn.
 
The line was not very successful. Passenger Services were withdrawn in 1932, the line being used for goods traffic only after this date, except for a short period in the aftermath of the D-Day landings in Normandy during World War II when it was used to ferry wounded allied soldiers to various hospitals in the area.
 
After nationalisation in 1948 the line became part of the Western Region of British Railways. The further decline in traffic throughout the 1950's and early 1960's resulted in closure under the Beeching Report. The last train run on the line was on 24th June 1965.
 

Further Information

 
South Staffordshire Reviewed
Further information on the history of South Staffordshire is available in the publication 'South Staffordshire Reviewed'. For more information please contact Dr Paul Collins on 01902 696425.
 

 

 

 

Contact

 
Stephen Gallis, Country Park Manager 
Telephone: (01902) 882605
Email: baggeridge@sstaffs.gov.uk
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