Joanne (20th August 2011)
I like the use of stained glass!
I'm amazed that it's still there!
When you think of the monstrocity that is Stafford station compared to a lovely building like this - i'm jealous!
Interesting that the Arriva (diesel) trains representative named on the anniversary plaque is a Mr.Graeme BUNKER. For those needing assistance in what one was railway-wise,it was the back portion of the railway engine which stored the coal for the journey. Photo here:-
Talking of steam locomotives, the open Victorian over-bridge reminds one of the steam which used to power up one's skirt if an engine passed underneath simultaneously. Eat your heart out, Marilyn Monroe!
In the early 1960s, pre-Dr. Beeching, we lived in Wetherby, Yorkshire, a short distance from the junction where a freight line separated from the main line. When we heard a whistle blow, as a train approached the junction, we would run across the adjoining field to a bridge in the hope that we could stand on it as a freight steam train passed underneath. Sometimes we were lucky and made it, other times it was a passenger train which had continued along the main line.