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Written by James Power - 25 Sep 2007
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Location notes
Longbridge Station is situated on the Birmingham Cross-City line between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch, running on a North East - South West axis
Railway type and traffic
At this point, Longbridge is a quadruple track with the Up and Slow lines on the outside with the main lines in the middle.
Mainly used by Virgin Voyagers and Central Trains City Link services, there is also a very intense local passenger service operating over the Cross City line utilising Class 323 EMUs operated by Central Trains on behalf of Centro.
Freight traffic also uses the line, with mainly steel and coal operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner Heavy Haul, while DRS also plays a role in running an as-required Nuclear Flask train from Berkeley to Crewe.
It is also common for charter trains to use this line at weekends as well.
The environment is very suburban, the station is also staffed and is well monitored by CCTV, as with any location though its always best to be on your guard.
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Public transport
As mentioned before though Central Trains operate a very frequent service on a Monday - Saturday - up to 6 trains an hour from Birmingham New Street, although 2 carry on to Redditch. Same sort of service pattern going towards Birmingham as well, the fares are also very reasonable so it may be cheaper to leave the car in Birmingham and go to Longbridge by train.
Please note it is only services from Birmingham New Street that serve Longbridge.

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As the location is in a well populated suburb, there are shops and a couple of pubs nearby. There are toilets on the station itself.
There are plenty of Bed and Breakfasts and hotels in Birmingham City Centre, but there are none, that are known, at the location.
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Photographic notes
The photography is best for morning shots of traffic going towards Birmingham when the light is behind you, an added interest is the former Rover foundry which you can also get in the shot to give a suburban feel.
The sun moves round about 11 - 12 by which time its ideal for traffic from Birmingham. From about 14:00 you are better off going onto the Birmingham-bound platform for traffic coming from the North. Mainly freight would be of interest after that time, unless you like units.
For videographers, there should be minimal noise as you will be at the end of the platforms, if there are any specials due Longbridge does tend to get quite congregated so its better being early and setting up before hand.

If you are there in the morning, please be aware that 4 services an hour terminate at Longbridge, and tend to wait a while on the platform before crossing over to work back to Birmingham.
In the event of a charter being due you may end up with a Class 323 in the picture, although if you are at the opposite end of the platform you should be OK as you will get most of the train.

General views - All photographs © James Power unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

With a unit paused in the platform.

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

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