Although the restoration of this station is not a Tyseley project, nevertheless the Works played a significant contributory part.
Original GWR items have been donated. Assistance given in the desgin and bulid of the water tower. The Works also undertook the cosmetic restoration of Great Western 28xx 2-8-0 8F Heavy Freight Locomotive No. 2885 for static display in Platform 5.
As Moor Street has been closely associated with Tyseley since it was built and the possibility that Vintage Trains will make use of the station when the original platforms are reconnected to Network Rail, it was felt approriate to include this page on the website.
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The rebuilt BULLRING Birmingham shopping centre has given Birmingham's original Moor Street station a new lease of life.
The original GWR Moor Street station (which was built by the GWR and opened in 1908) survived the closures of the 1960's and 1970's and was retained solely for the commuter service to Stratford-upon-Avon. Although that service and the station were both under threat of closure. They survived thanks to a very active and concerted campaign to prevent closure and both eventually went on to prosper. The commuter service along the "main line" to Solihull and Leamington Spa was transferred back from New Street as local rail travel saw a revival. The station at Snow Hill (which had been closed in the 1970's and demolished) was eventually rebuilt and reconnected to the national railway network in 1987. Trains once more travelled under the Birmingham City Centre through the famous Snow Hill Tunnel. However this meant that the original Moor Street terminal station was redundant and a new modern station was built alongside the original on the former non-stop lines (at the south end of the tunnel).
On 26 September 1987, the final day of operation of the old Moor Street terminal station, Birmingham Railway Museum organised a number of Moor Street to Dorridge shuttles using Tyseley's GWR 4-6-0 7029 Clun Castle & the Severn Valley's LMS 2-6-0 46443 on alternate trains. The penultimate train hauled by 46443 continued on to Stratford running through Claverdon (the old route to Stratford) and returned along the North Warwickshire line (now known as the Shakespeare Line). The final train of the day (one-way) was hauled by Clun Castle and this was also the last train out of the old Moor Street before the gates were closed and the original Moor Street "dead end" platform lines were severed from the National Rail network. The running lines from the south were "slewed across" to connect up with the new through platform lines and the tunnel to Snow Hill which became the new northern terminus until the Jewelllery line was re-opened reinstating the through route to Stourbridge, Worcester and beyond. Fortunately for Moor Street, that wasn't the end of the story.
The original Moor Street station became derelict over the years, and commuters using the new through platforms could be forgiven for wondering why this growing eyesore was left as it was. However, it was a Grade II listed building and as part of the BULLRING Birmingham development there was an agreement to restore the original Edwardian Moor Street station to its former glory. As rail passengers can now see, it has being magnificently restored to its 1930's condition, incorporating a subtle blend of modern facilities (such as a coffee lounge, cafe, a shop and other kiosks) housed wherever possible in the original buildings or where necessary, new buildings to a matching design. The refurbished part of the station will eventually be connected to the mainline network as part of the West Midlands resignalling project and provide a Birmingham terminal station for Chiltern Railways trains from London Marylebone that travel along the former GWR route.
Tyseley Locomotive Works (the engineering subsidiary of the Birmingham Railway Museum Trust) has played a significant part in the return of the the old GWR station at Moor Street. The Museum is donating the original entrance gates rescued from the old Snow Hill Station for use at the restored station. The refurbished station is being equipped with traditional watering facilities for use by steam locomotives. An original water crane, again provided by Tyseley Locomotive Works, has been returned near to its original position and a water tank has been built and erected with the assistance of Tyseley Locomotive Works.
Platform signs and seating are replicas of the originals, and the station lighting is provided by reproduction GWR lamps. Tyseley Locomotive Works has also provided refurbished railings.
The existing through lines platforms built in 1987 have also been incorporated within the refurbishment and the 1980's platform buildings and canopies have made way for replacements in the same style as those of the original station. A new GWR style footbridge incorporating lifts has been built between Platforms 1 & 2.
Although the restored original station buildings have been used from July 2003, unfortunately it has not be possible to connect the terminal platforms until recently. In the meantime, at least one of the original platforms has seen some use! A GWR 2-8-0 freight engine number 2885 has been cosmetically restored by Tyseley Locomotive Works and has been taken to Moor Street as a static exhibit to be a foretaste of the steam trains to come.
Two of the original three terminal platforms will be reconnected to the National Rail network together with the provision of two stabling/servicing lines on the Bordesley Viaduct for Chiltern Railways units. This development is part of the upgrading work to provide faster services between Birmingham and Marylebone along the "Chiltern Mainline". A new Moor Street to Leamington Spa shuttle service is being introduced to feed into the faster services which will have a reduced number of stops.
The official re-opening of the reconnected platfoms 3 & 4 was marked on 11 December 2010 with a special steam train to London Paddington and back. The train was headed by one of Tyseley's three GWR Castle Class steam locomotives No 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe - rather fitting as sister engine No. 7029 Clun Castle hauled the 'final train' out of the terminal platforms in 1987. See photographs >>
Tyseley's steam hauled Shakespeare Express will continue to call at the station on summer Sundays. Unfortuately, the original Moor Street Traverser will not be reinstalled, nor a run-round loop provided, so it will cause operational difficulties for the Shakespeare Express to use the terminal platforms.
Other Vintage Trains excursions may use the terminal platforms and/or the through platforms.
For details of Vintage Trains Excursions >>