The walk, on 3rd September 2016, focused on the history Walsall Railway Station, railway lines and infrastructure to the south of the station, the northern end of the Walsall Canal (including Town Wharf & Walsall locks), the Birchills Branch of the Wyrley & Essington Canal, remains of the Midland Railway around the sites of the two power stations built in Birchills, the history of power generation in the town, and ended considering the varied history of the Anson Branch Canal, visiting its terminus in Reedswood.

RCHS Members on Tow Path, Walsall Locks Branch (Rita Barnish, 2016)

RCHS Members on Tow Path, Walsall Locks Branch (Rita Barnish, 2016)

Lock 4, Walsall Locks Branch Canal (Rita Barnish, 2016)

Lock 4, Walsall Locks Branch Canal (Rita Barnish, 2016)

 

Albion Flour Mill from Bottom Lock, Walsall Locks Canal

Albion Flour Mill from Bottom Lock, Walsall Locks Canal (Ian Moss)

Booking Hall of (1923) Walsall Station showing entrance to platforms - shortly before demolition.

Booking Hall of (1923) Walsall Station showing entrance to platforms – shortly before demolition (Roger Brice)

Those who braved the weather judged the day to be a success and requested a follow up walk looking at other railway infrastructure and canals to the north and north west of the town. This will be scheduled for inclusion in the 2018 programme.

Notes, illustrated with historical maps and photographs, are available in PDF form from Roger Brice  rogerbrice@microton.net

 

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