Bromley Halt

 

 

THE RAILWAY REINSTATEMENT ASSOCIATION

The root of the problem. A well established tree can be seen here forcing its roots between the brick courses creating a considerable problem for reinstatement. Forcing a rebuild after clearence of vegitation

View under Leys Road bridge from just beyonf the gates seen in the picture left

KINGSWINFORD & WOLVERHAMPTON RAILWAY

BROMLEY HALT

 

Built alongside the canal, which has long been filled in and built upon Bromley Halt was similar to the previous halt in that it had narrow solid platforms with grass banking behind. Here however there were wooden shelters on both platforms.

 

1948 OS map showing that although it was called Bromley Halt, it actually served the hamlet of Brockmoor

Historic picture of the station. The canal, now filled in and built upon can be seen running alongside the railway. Even then it was easier to build alongside the highways of the day than create completely new corridors

Taken from the same position as the picture above right in June 2016 the station is no longer visible due to the forestation but the path is clearly used heavily and regularly to be maintained with the proliferation of vegitation over the last 12 years

Footpath from Fens Pool rising to Leys Road bridge above. The fact that there is not an easy road or footpath route between here and housing north of the canal is probably the reason the locals use the railway alignment

Just 50 metres north of the road bridge we find the platforms still in situ of Bromley Halt. Facing north we see through the gloom created by the forest canopy the southbound platform with track barely discernable.

At this point the photographer remained dry despite a Thunder Storm raging at the time

Station site marked on modern OS style map showing the increased conerbation in the area and how a modern halt here would allow carless access to both the Dell Stadium and Buckpool & Fens Pool Nature Reserve

This picture taken from Leys Road bridge above in 2004 clearly shows a path worn alongside the overgrown platform.

Picture by Andy Doherty www.railaroundbirmingham.co.uk

Leys Road bridge. The metalwork between the road and footpath being the original parrapet, the footpath being a modern addition attached to the side of the original bridge

The puff of smoke from a smouldering sleeper seen here under Leys Road bridge is a clear indication of people congregating here. Whether youths on a drinking spree of homeless seeking shelter is anyones guess

Facing north following the track into the gloom is clearly visible a trail, the volume of local people utilising this unofficial pathway can only be guessed at to create such a well wornroute in view of the dgree of forestation that has occured

As we continue north the track swaps from side to side and the path switches which side of the track it runs, whichever course the rails run