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Three shots that clearly show the importance of Kings Norton station in the 1950s.
The uppermost not only shows the four platform station but also shows a section of goods yard and shed. To the right, the carriage sidings can be seen. In the middle picture, the photo shows the northern half of the station from under the footbridge.
The bottom picture is taken looking in the opposite direction to the other two – out of city and towards Northfield. The signal box from which the top picture was taken can just about be seen under the footbridge.
May 1962: a two-car DMU stands in the up fast platform on its way from Redditch to New Street. In strict economic turns a lightweight two-car self-propelled train is much cheaper than the ex-MR 0-6-2T 'Flatiron' tank locomotives with two to four coaches behind the bunker or even later when Ivatt's and Riddles 2-6-2T tank engines took over.
1960: looking across the island platform from the up slow to the down slow where the main station building was sited.