Originally opened as Vauxhall Station in 1837, Duddeston Station has a far
from insignificant place in the history of Birmingham's railways. Phenomenally run-down and
semi-derilict the station site may now be, at one time it housed the temporary terminus of
the Grand Junction Railway from Liverpool via Stafford: the first railway to reach Birmingham!
When the permanent terminus opened at Curzon Street in 1839, Vauxhall became a goods-only
station until it was rebuilt and opened in 1869 under the LNWR, who had absorbed the GJR in
1846. It was renamed Vauxhall and Duddeston Station in 1889 before finally becoming just
'Duddeston'. Above we can see the 'inviting' entrance to Duddeston Station on Duddeston Mill
Road, September 2003.
Above-left we are on the only operational island platform at Duddeston
looking towards Aston - as the station is the first out of New Street to the North the flow
of traffic through it is very heavy but stopping trains appeared rather infrequent and there
are no facilities on the platform to indicate what trains will be arriving and when.
Above-right is the view towards Proof House Junction and New Street and shows well the
appallingly unkempt disused second island platform to the right.
Above-left is a clearer vew of the disused platform and beyond it what
appears to be shrubland but is infact several long sidings and a shed: buried amongst the
undergrowth I noticed a rather delapidated track-laying loco! Above-right is a clear shot of
the now bricked-up and disused sheds - unfortunately it was not possible to get any closer to
Above-left is a photo taken by Steve Jones in 1986 showing the considerable
carriage shed which also stood on the site but has now been demolished and above-right the
same spot today. This station was once a considerable railway concern and yet today it is
reduced to a single platform, overgrown ruin. I think that more than any other operational
station I have visited, Duddeston serves best to graphically illustrate the decline of