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Q11.23. H. Bridges Wednesbury scrap yard

In the July 1973 RO, page 245, a scrap yard called Bridges Wednesbury is listed as having a visit dated 12th May 1973 with coaching stock including 3731, 4069, 15140, 15325, 24581, 24819, 92046/57/9 present. A potential location has emerged with the recent publication of a photograph in British Railways Past and Present 62 The Black Country and South and East Staffordshire, page 51, which shows a scrap yard located in Wednesbury exchange sidings. The location of the photograph is possibly just past Wednesbury Town and the GWR Wolverhampton to Snow Hill line, situated between the Great Bridge and Ocker Hill lines. Can anyone confirm that this was the location of the scrap yard belonging to Bridges, the head office of which was at Minworth, with another yard at Water Orton where 58186 was disposed of?

(JH:20432)

Answer

The scrapyard in the photograph was as stated located in Wednesbury Exchange sidings, which led from Wednesbury Town up to the north end of Wednesbury Central, not between the Great Bridge and Ocker Hill (usually referred to as the Princes End branch) and was "Hudley" and not rail connected. Bridges's may have been located on the site of Wednesbury Central goods shed at the south end of the station on the up side, but I am not sure the yard there was in existence in 1973, nor can I recall it containing coaches. (MS)

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