Birmingham Moor Street stationA magnificently restored Edwardian working station
Central Birmingham, England [map], Photo/article 25 May 2012
Easily the most attractive of Birmingham's three main railway stations, Moor Street station is located in the heart of the city, close to the famous Bullring shopping centre.
Built by the Great Western Railway and opening in July 1909, the station was threatened with closure under the Beeching Axe in the 60s, but due to limited capacity at nearby New Street, the station was retained to serve local trains.
During the 1990s, main line services were introduced from London Marylebone to Snow Hill via Banbury and Leamington Spa.
In 2002 Chiltern Railways invested £11 million in refurbishing the Grade II listed station, building glorious Great Western style canopies for the through platforms, and adding 1930s-style reproduction lamps, clock, seating, and signage.
And it all looks ruddy fantastic, rightly earning the Railway Heritage Trust award in 2004 and The Birmingham Civic Society's Renaissance Award for 2005.
The main circulation area at Moor Street.
The station has 1930s GWR-style signage which is infinitely more legible than most modern railway signs.
The Centenary Lounge.
The station entrance.
The large, clear Edwardian style signage makes it easy to find your way around the station.
A cosmetically restored second GWR 2884 Class 2-8-0 No. 2885 stands in the disused platform five.
Note the distinctive metallic patterned exterior of Birmingham Selfridges behind.
Old and new on Platform 3 and Platform 5.
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