Monday, 20 November 2017

Wood End (WDE)

Wood End is a stop on the North Warwickshire Line (now known as the Shakespeare Line) inbetween Danzey and The Lakes. The station serves the Warwickshire village of Wood End near Tanworth-in-Arden and close to the border with the West Midlands region.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Shakespeare Line)
Station code: WDE
Opened: 1908
Platforms: 2
Like other stations on the line Wood End was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1908 next to the 161m long Wood End tunnel. The station was originally known as Wood End Platform [1] and this name was kept until the late 1930s at least. The station, located in a cutting, was never a major affair, serving a sparsely populated area. The station had no goods yard though did have a ticket office and a staff of 2.


Station facilities were basic however, comprising of wooden structures [2]. The ticket office being damaged by fire in 1967. A concrete footbridge was built at Wood End in 1949. This was removed in 2014 when new stairs were built down to the platforms via access ramps from the main road.

The station is now an unmanned request stop. The only facilities being two concrete shelters and public information screens. The station has an hourly service during the week though no Sunday service.
Next train coming soon

London Midland 172 338 arrives with a Birmingham bound service

View towards Birmingham

View towards Stratford-upon-Avon

Elaborate stairs down to the platform

Brand new station sign, the station was receiving a refresh in November 2017

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Moor Street (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 59
[2] Colin G, Maggs, The Branch Lines of Warwickshire (Amberley, 2011) p. 139