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Dunstall Park 1967
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Dunstall Park Station

1896 - 1968

Dunstall Park station had sounded an alluring prospect for a visit for some time due, in no small part, to its close proximity to the GWR's Stafford Road loco works which can be seen above (photo: unknown), ahead-left in 1967, looming over the station. Unfortunately, the station, which enjoyed considerable passenger traffic for the racecourse which lay nearby, closed on 1968. Although the line is still in use, and receives regular traffic, the station site is now cleared but a few signs as to the site's former use exist upon close inspection. Although opened by the GWR in 1896, the line itself was originally of the Wolverhampton Junction Railway which facilitated the Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway's entry into Wolverhampton Low Level.

 
Dunstall Park station passenger subway
Dunstall Park station passenger subway
 

Above-left we have entered Wulfrun Trading Estate, off Stafford Road, that stands on the site of Stafford Road works and can see the part-filled remains of the access tunnel that enabled passengers to move from one platform to the other in the station situated above. Above-right we are looking through the tunnel and can see that the floor level has been considerably raised sinces its operational days.

 
Dunstall Park station entrance
Dunstall Park station entrance
 

Above-left is the entrance to the Northbound platform from a car park on the industrial estate with the tunnel seen above being just off-camera to the left. Above-right we are looking over the fence seen in the previous shot at the now impassible entrance to track level.

 
Stafford Road Loco Works site
Dunstall Park station walling
 

Above-right we are on the site of the loco works with the station ahead-right: as we can see, the loco works has long-since been demolished and rather sanitised industrial units now occupy its land. Above-right we have moved ahead and to the right of the previous shot to see the remains of the walling that can be seen in the 1967 photo running to the left of the platform. Unfortunately, this wall was higher than it appears on camera and so I couldn't get a shot at track level. This was not a great site to visit for what remains today, although the tunnel was interesting, but certainly has a fascinating history!

 

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