Monday, November 24, 2003

Moor Street Station, Birmingham

An earlier post discussed the new Bullring development in Birmingham and how it has taken that part of the city back to its roots. We decided to check it out in mid-November and found the shopping center to be a disappointment - completely turned over to the under thirties. Selfridges, the anchor store with the wierd architecture is already looking tired, heaven knows what it will look like in thirty years time, possibly worse than the 1960s structure it replaced.

The two highlights of the redevelopment are not new, however, but the restored parish church of St. Martins in the Bull Ring and Moor Street Station. The latter is in the process of being rebuilt as it looked like in the 1930s. The track alignment for the terminal platforms will have to wait a while, but when complete, Chiltern Railways may have the finest end-to-end run in Europe from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street - both stations have a charm unusual in this day and age.

The photo below was taken from the bridge leading into Selfridges from the car park. The Churchward designed 2-8-0 Great Western Railway freight locomotive is a static display that advertises the fact that Moor Street will be a steam engine terminus for the Shakespeare Line (steam trains every weekend to Stratford-upon-Avon).