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The Birmingham Balti Bash - 22nd September 2019

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Window Decal by Amy Nash

Mileage Chart by Jim Sellens

Route Description

At Birmingham Snow Hill P2 in the evening.<br>[&copy; Mark Haggas 2019]

The Birmingham Balti Bash historical tour map 1, with thanks to Dave Cromarty.

The Birmingham Balti Bash historical tour map 2, with thanks to Dave Cromarty.

Heading south in the morning on the Up Dorridge Line at Hatton Station Jn, north of the station. The Stratford-upon-Avon line curves round to the left (bottom left corner) and the picture nicely shows the rare link on the left from it/Hatton P3 to the Down Dorridge middle left.<br>[&copy; Peter Tandy 2019]

Also in the morning, the tour calls at Hatton P2; looking south towards Warwick; P1 is on the left and P3 is to the right.<br>[&copy; Peter Tandy 2019]

Dorridge North Jn which is north of .... Dorridge, the tour is heading .... north towards Birmingham after doing the extended and remodelled Up & Down Dorridge Goods Loop.. Left is Up Dorridge Passenger Loop (covered later in the tour). Taken from Bentley Heath Level Crossing.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

Arriving at Wellington to reverse and take the Donnington branch; little used bay P3 right of the engine, the other side of the platform fence.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

On the Donnington branch - which was double track when it was a through passenger line between Wellington and Stafford via Newport.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

Donnington, Telford International Freight Terminal, Road 2.<br>[© Authorised NR staff with thanks to Kev Adlam 2019]

Arriving at Shrewsbury P4 from the Birmingham Line; Severn Bridge Junction signal box is the largest in the world with semaphore signals.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

The north end of Shrewsbury, the ECS heads north out of the station on the Chester line to....<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

...Castle Foregate Sidings, Third Line (although there is now only one!) which is also the access line to Coton Hill Yard. The Chester line is to the left looking north towards Gobowen.<br>[&copy; Authorised NR staff with thanks to Kev Adlam 2019]

Returning from Shrewsbury towards Wolverhampton on the Up Wellington through …. Wellington; bay P3 is far left.<br>[&copy; Dave Cromarty 2019]

The Birmingham Balti Bash on Bescot Up Goods Loop with the Down Yard and floodlights behind.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

Rowley Regis with the tour heading Down to Stourbridge Junction to reverse in P2.<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

In the 'Black Country'; MP 140½ approaching Lye station (it's the truth) from Stourbridge Junction preparing to assault Old Hill (bank).<br>[&copy; Matthew Plumpton 2019]

On the Donnington branch, the zero milepost is bottom left, looking east.<br>[&copy; Dave Cromarty 2019]

Calling at Birmingham Snow Hill P2 in the evening.<br>[&copy; Dickie Irvine 2019]