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Written by Michael Wright - 11 Jul 2004
last update by Mark Widdop - 12 Jul 2005
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Location notes
A station opposite the Bescot depot to the west of the main yards.
Railway type and traffic
Central trains run passenger services to Bescot. and the line is sometimes used as a diversionary route for Virgin non stop passenger services. There are also regular freight trains (Enterprise, Coal and Civil Engineers) to and from the Yard as well as through Metals trains from Wolverhampton Steel terminal.
Many freight services with classes 20,37, 60, 66, 67, 86, and 92, with DB Schenker workings being the mainstay of freight operations, DRS nuclear flask trains pass once or twice a week and Freightliner Intermodal and Automotive trains also pass through. Regular Freightliner Coal trains also run around in the yard on their way to Rugeley Power Station.
On Saturdays when the Trent Valley is closed all non Birmingham West Coast trains are routed this way as are all of the west coast freight services.
Environment
The environment is very industrial, with Bescot DB Schenker TMD, yards, and the M6 motorway running parallel to the Bescot yard.
Road directions
From the M6, Junction 9:
You will come to some traffic lights, turn left if approaching from north, right if from the south, from there both Bescot Stadium and Tame Bridge Parkway stations are signposted signposted.

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Bescot map co-ordinates
Parking
The car park is not free when there is a home game at Walsall. About 3 hours before kick off it becomes 2 to park. It is free to park at other times tho.
Sunday mornings should be avoided though due to the amount of parked cars for the Sunday market at the Football ground which is extremely popular. If visiting on a Sunday parking at the Tame Bridge end of the yard is heavily recommended.
If you wish to park at the Tame Bridge end of the yard follow signs for Tame Bridge station, when passing the station turn immediately right at the traffic lights, then right again, pass over the railway bridge and parking is available on the left hand side of this road, this road is signposted 'Bescot Yard'.
Public transport
Centro run services from Birmingham New Street half hourly to Bescot and 2 trains per hour to Tame Bridge Parkway. To walk from Tame Bridge Parkway to the yard leave the station cross the dual carriageway, proceed across the green walking parallel to the railway line, when you come to the road turn right and cross the bridge, you can then walk to Bescot Stadium station alongside the yard walking along the yard perimeter fence, crossing the river at the bridge and follow the path, this will lead you to the dirt track at Bescot Stadium station.

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Amenities
Just opposite the station car park turn right and a McDonald's is available at the retail park. It is down the far end of the retail park and is about 10 minute walk.
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Photographic notes
To see and photograph locomotives in the yards you walk out of the station just before you pass under the M6, there is a small dirt path, between the M6 and the river Tame. Continue up the path and you will see the DB Schenker locomotive stabling point, Virtual Quarry, and the engineers yard can also be viewed easily, for those wagon enthusiasts over 100 wagon numbers can be obtained, most locomotives normally stable in the yard, limited photographic opportunities eexist for these stabled locomotives (due to wagons and trees). From the bridge mentioned at the Tame Bridge end photographic opportunities are available for locomotives in the Civil Engineers Yard and Used Ballast site as well as southbound passing trains.
Wires and Electrification masts make photography tricky of the depot and from the vantage point of the bridge, a short platform and high fence make photography of trains entering the yard a challenge too without having those annoying cables and posts in the way.
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General views - All photographs © Michael Wright unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

A view of the yard.

Fig 3 - Looking towards the depot


Fig 3 - Looking towards the depot


Fig 4 - The yards opposite


Fig 4 - The yards opposite


Fig 5 - Locos stabled



Fig 5 - Locos stabled


Fig 6 -Looking north - Photo by Mark Widdop



Fig 6 -Looking north - <b><i>Photo by  Mark Widdop </b></i>

Southern end of the yard, from the Tame Bridge Parkway

Fig 7 -Looking north - Photo by Mark Widdop



Fig 7 -Looking north - <b><i>Photo by  Mark Widdop </b></i>

From Bescot Stadium Bridge looking north

Fig 8 - Looking south - Photo by Mark Widdop



Fig 8 - Looking south - <b><i>Photo by  Mark Widdop </b></i>

Looking from Bescot Stadium station into the Virtual Quarry

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