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Stourbridge Line Route Proposal

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by PomPomCookie, Sep 2, 2018.

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  1. PomPomCookie

    PomPomCookie Member

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    Hello,
    I may have never posted a proper route proposal before, but I think I have found the best thing ever... the Class 139, otherwise known as the #WorldsCutestTrain!!! The journey along this line only takes 3 minutes, which is why if DTG make it I think they should price it at £5-7. It could be called something along the lines of 'World's Cutest Train', and the route should come with the Class 139 in West Midlands Railway colours, or London Midland colours if it makes branding possible as London Midland don't operate anymore. It would simply be from Stourbridge Junction - Stourbridge Town, but it would be so worth it. It's one add-on I would definitely buy!
     
  2. PomPomCookie

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    Hello,
    Following my recent proposal, I would like to post an image of the Class 139 in London Midland and West Midlands Railway liveries, as well as the London Midland & West Midlands Railway Class 172, which I think would be a good train to add as AI only to pass through Stourbridge Junction to make the station seem a bit more lively!
     
  3. JJTimothy

    JJTimothy Well-Known Member

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    I have TS not TSW but the interest is obviously there and one day a route is going to come out which will break down my resistance and start me saving so I do have an interest in the route proposals. Not this one though- I've just voted no but I think it's only fair to say why.

    I was raised in Stourbridge and have fond memories of "the Dodger". It goes past my old secondary school and I rode it several times once in the cab with my dad and an obliging driver when we were the only passengers- imagine that these days. It is an interesting line in spite of being recorded as the shortest branch in Britain. It used to carry on past the town station to a canal basin at least for freight- the line was double track but seems to have been operated as two single lines with one for passenger and one for goods. Historically it has been used to test new systems like GWR autocoaches and railcars and now the PPMs (although they're been running for what- a decade now? Is that still a test?) and has been the scene of some notable accidents it being pretty steep. I well remember going to see the result when a Class 121 IIRC tried to carry on past the station to the canal basing in spite of it no longer being there. Neither was the bridge it needed to cross so it came to a stop with almost its front half teetering on the old abutment and its leading bogie in the road below.

    From that you'd gather I'd love to see it in TS or TSW (though preferably TS because I'm a long way from buying a new system) but as part of a DLC running from, say, Worcester to Birmingham though that's still a bit short. Dad worked in Birmingham and we took the train to New Street much more often than the Dodger in fact. As you mention yourself the Stourbridge Town line is a three minute hop in a vehicle with a top speed of 20mph and no other traffic. It'd wear thin pretty quickly.
     
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  4. PomPomCookie

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    Hello,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Reading what you said I agree that having the DLC run all the way to Birmingham New Street via Smethwick Galton Bridge would be amazing, using the 172s and the 350s possibly.
     
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  5. JJTimothy

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    Glad you took my comment as it was meant. The area could be the basis of a nice network DLC like my current favourite in TS the Weardale and Teesdale (where I live now incidentally not that I'm easily led)- branches could even include the Severn Valley at Kidder'. Yeah- probably not. I read that trains from Stourbridge run into Snow Hill now (which was closed when I lived there) rather than New Street. I can't remember what class of DMU's served the line in the '70s- they were compartmented slam-door cattle trucks but of course I loved riding them anyway and always tried to get the seat behind the driver.

    Look what I found:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffsimages/7755281968/
     
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  6. PomPomCookie

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    Hello,
    I've just seen that image again and I like it. It's interesting.
     
  7. JJTimothy

    JJTimothy Well-Known Member

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    I went for a ride on the Weardale Railway a couple of weekends ago in a Class 122 now resplendent in green. It was the first time I've ridden in a Bubblecar since I rode the Dodger 40+ years ago but it wasn't just any Class 122- the one in the photograph survived that crash, went into preservation and is now owned by a chap who keeps and drives it on the Weardale Railway! It almost makes me wish I was one to note down numbers- I'd love know if I'd ridden it then.

    I know this adds absolutely nothing to the discussion BTW but I find it interesting.
     
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    raildan Well-Known Member

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    While the class 139 is, as Vicky says, "the cutest train I've ever seen," I think this route is a bit short. Unique rolling stock or not, the entire route is less than a mile long, takes three minutes to traverse, and only has two stations. I don't think I'd pay for it, even at a low price.
     
  9. cosmo

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    I reckon this could work as an extension of the Birmingham Snow Hill - Worcester line via Kidderminster (about 1 hour journey), since the only passenger trains on the line are class 172s (and possibly 168s, I'm not clued up on my southern rail routes!), it would add variety for sure to be able to run the little PPMs as a portion of the whole route :)
     

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