NOTICE TO PERSONS
WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL REJOICING
In order to extend the fullest facilities to those persons wishing to travel to London, for the State opening of Parliament tomorrow, 27th May 2015.
It has been decided to run A SERVICE OF TRAINS along Permanent Way not normally open to traffic.
In pursuance of this polIcy the HIGH DUNSTALL & BUSHBURY to MONMORE ON THE GREEN section of the former Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway, later incorporated in the Great Western Railway, and abandoned as derelect , in 1975, will be reopened to Passenger Trains , until further notice.
Provision has been made for trains in only one direction, viz. up, and and the question of providing a return service will be dealt with if and when it arises.
Return tickets will not be issued in respect Mobility Carriages (not folded). Bicycles, perambulators. or Dogs accompanying passengers will be conveyed at double fare for the single journey.
SOME NOTES ON THIS SECTION
The High Dunstall branch line is now one of the most disused in the country. the first 20miles of which lie in a little known stretch of Shropshire steeped in ecclesiastical and feudal etymological interest.
The first section of the track was laid in 1852, and was relaid the following year with more seasoned sleepers. In 1886 the construction of the viaduct of the Smetstall at Gosbrook paved the way for the extention of the track from Aldersley to Wolverhampton. This viaduct (which incidentally , has fewer pillars in his length than any other in Europe) was built by Ferguson McNab, the designer of the old Horseley Fields Bridge which collapsed in 1935, which it was said stood up remarkably well to a weight of traffic for which it was never intended.
McNab was also engineer in charge of the famous “angular tunnel” which once ran from beneath the cellar of the Great Western, Sun Street to Chillington Fields, which was begun at each end independentley, and although the tunnel is a mile long the two teams reached the middle within 30yards of each other.
Bibliography: Those interested in a fuller history of the line are recommended to read McNab’s “Civil Engineering for Pleasure” and William Bohuns “Memoirs of an Official Receiver.”
Below the old cellar head.