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Electrification At Bromsgrove – 26th December 2017

These pictures show the electrification works at Bromsgrove station and up and down the Lickey Incline.

Nearly all the gantries seem to have been erected and much of the wiring seem to have been added.

It would appear that there is every chance that Bromsgrove will be able to run an electric service on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line in May 2018.

Onward From Bromsgrove With Electric Trains

It is worthwhile to look at the options for taking electric trains onward from Bromsgrove station.

The distances to and from Bromsgrove are as possible.

  • Birmingham – 25 miles – Electrified
  • Worcester – 16 miles – Not Electrified
  • Hereford – 42 miles – Not Electrified

West Midlands Trains‘ fleet of four-car diesel CAF Civity trains would handle Birmingham to Hereford with ease.

Abellio, who are a partner in West Midlands Trains, have ordered Stadler bi-mode Class 755 trains for Greater Anglia.

These trains are ideal for routes like Norwich to Stansted and Cambridge to Ipswich, but they would also be efficient on the Birmingham to Hereford route.

So perhaps we might see bi-mode trains or trains with batteries on suburban routes from Birmingham.

I doubt a battery train could go further than Worcester.

The Lickey Incline

Electrifying from Birmingham to Bromsgrove means that the steep Lickey Incline will be included in the works.

Once the Lickey Incline is electrified, I would think it more likely that bi-mode trains could be seen on the routes to Hereford and Worcester.


December 29, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Bromsgrove Station

Bromsgrove station is unusual in that it is at the bottom of the historic Lickey Incline, which for in railway terms is a very steep hill. Wikipedia says this about the station.

Bromsgrove is only one of four stations in the UK which get annual usage of over half a million journeys with just an hourly service (Blackrod, Hartlepool and Inverurie being the other 3 stations).

So Network Rail are rebuilding the station and electrifying the Lickey Incline to add Bromsgrove to Birmingham’s Cross-City Line as described in this section in Wikipedia. These pictures show the current station and the works for the new one.

There will be four platforms and a large car-park, so obviously they are expecting an increase in passenger numbers. This Google Map shows the station and its relationship to the town.

Bromsgrove Station

Bromsgrove Station

I can’t visit Bromsgrove station without commenting on the Lickey Incline, which I talked about in Up And Down The Lickey Incline. The views are pretty good as you look out over the Worcestershire countryside.

Going down, I felt that the train was very quiet, as the driver was relying on Newton’s friend, but going back to Birmingham, the underfloor diesel engines on my fully-loaded Class 172 train, were working very hard.

My train had taken the Lickey Incline from a standing start at Bromsgrove station, unlike the trains going straight through, which seemed to use the extra momentum of higher speed to climb the slope as easily as possible.

Sadly, I wasn’t treated to a show, as a banking engine pushed a heavy freight train up the hill.


August 6, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment