Just the Ticket – Birmingham Moor Street Station

How often would you use the word ‘beautiful’ when talking about a railway station? Situated in central Birmingham, the ornate brick frontage of this Grade II listed building with golden letters hides the view that could easily be the set for filming a Charlie Chaplin movie or a perfect documentary about this history of the British Rail. Here, you can see the black iron front gates alongside modern electronic ticket barriers; here, chunky Great Western Railway 1930s’ style platform signs co-exist with modern electronic notice boards that tell the time of arrival for the next train. Renovated in 2002 to its 1930s’ condition, the station has since then won two prestigious heritage awards for being yet another hidden gem in Birmingham where inspiration is concealed under your very noses. Continue reading