Walsall Wood Colliery Railway Line to Norton Junction

This was a single track railway line from Walsall Wood Colliery and related brickworks, to the marshalling yards at Norton Junction.

Walsall Wood Colliery

Walsall Wood Colliery as it was.

 

The site of the old Colliery is now used for a number of industrial units using some of the old colliery buildings

Site of Walsall Wood Colliery 1

Entrance to the industrial units, which are on the old Walsall Wood Colliery site in Lindon Road

 

Site of Walsall Wood Colliery 2

Some of the original Colliery buildings, which are facing the highway, along Lindon Road

 

 The railway line from Walsall Wood Colliery to Norton Junction was only a single track line with no intermediate points or signals.  As such, only one train was allowed on the section at any one time. The procedure to allow this operation to be used safely, and it is still practiced today on preserved railways, such as the Chasewater Railway, was for the engine driver to be in possession of a unique staff or token suitably marked for the  section of  line it covered.  

Walsall Wood to Norton Junction Token

This is the actual staff  that had to be carried on the locomotive when travelling along the section of line between Walsall Wood Colliery and Norton Junction marshalling yards. There was only one staff  ever in existence. This staff is currently in the museum of the Chasewater Railway.

 

Having left the Colliery and Brickworks area, the Railway headed due West towards the marshalling yards at Pelsall, known as Norton Junction. After a few yards, it crossed over the Daw End Branch of the Wyrley & Essington Canal.

Canal at start of trackbed to Norton Junction from Walsall Wood Colliery

This is where  the Railway line crossed over the Canal. Note the concrete section on the far side of the canal, this is where the canal basin formed a warf, to enable coal, and bricks from the adjoining Brickworks, to be transported by canal barge.

Start of trackbed to Norton Junction from canal towpath

This is the start of the trackbed from the canal towpath towards Norton Junction. There are no signs of any part of the bridge remaining. It is thought that the ground subsided quite a lot and the canal  was raised to compensate the difference in levels.

Looking down the line from Colliery to Norton Junction. The trees on the right are the embankment carrying the Walsall Wood to Chasewater line

About 100 yards down the trackbed from the canal, is the place where the Walsall Wood Colliery line passed under the bridge carrying the Walsall Wood Branch of the Midland Railway, on its way to Brownhills West Station. The large clump of trees to the right of the picture, actually hide the original Midland line embankment, which is still there. The bridge itself  no longer exists

Trackbed 3 Walsall Wood Colliery to Norton Junction

After passing behind the housing estate the Walsall Wood Colliery line then crossed the fields which were farmed by the Howdle family. The farm no longer exists but Edmund Howdle (the farmers son ) now runs Howdles Butchers in Clayhanger High Street.

Trackbed 4 Walsall Wood Colliery to Norton Junction

This photo was taken from the trackbed of the Walsall to Lichfield line and shows the Walsall Wood Colliery trackbed,  lined with trees approaching Norton Junction. 

5 Responses to “Walsall Wood Colliery Railway Line to Norton Junction”

  1. Michael Edwards Says:

    Hello there. I grew up in Clayhanger in the 50′s. We lived in a miners terrace
    house on Church Street. The train from The Coppy Pit was a daily visit for us young lads. It had a small locomotive called The Lord Kitchener. It travelled
    from the pit down to Pelsall sidings. We used to swim in the cut at the colliery, where we also picked coal from the slag heaps. Used our pram. Filled it up with slack. We loved locomotive. It had a tank wrapped around the boiler I think. On the Walsall Wood to Norton line they used to store wagons,some from Cadbury’s would turn up, with chocolate dust on the floor. We’d wet our fingers and dip them into the dust. Mmmm. We walked everyday through the
    Coppy Pit on our way to school at Walsall Wood. There used be a dynamite shed, all on it’s own in a field on Lyndon Road. Oh I could go on. Thanks ever so for your site. Michael Edwards. Youngs Point, Ontario, Canada.

    • oakparkpacersrc Says:

      Hello Michael Thank you for your kind comments on the blog, I was born in Coppice Side in 1941 but went to school in Clayhanger which as you will know was in Church St opposite the George and Dragon. Kind regards Godfrey Hucker (oakparkrunner)

  2. Tina Hill Says:

    My granddad drove the Lord Kitchener.

  3. Raz Raleigh Says:

    I also grew up next to the pit in Peake Road in the 60′s. Often went to see Lord Kitchener and ran over the slag heaps going on Cross Country runs from school. I remember the dynamite shed very well. I remember all the Newt ponds as well.I have to say I don’t remember it with any fond memories though.

  4. Sue Oliver Says:

    My Great Grandfather James William Morgan was shown on a Census as a ‘colliery engine driver’. He used to live in Wood Lane Pelsall.

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