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Disused Hammerwich line still playing a part in the railway network

Despite the railway line through Hammerwich no longer being in use, it appears the line is still playing an active part in the UK’s rail network.

Rob from the South Staffordshire Rail website takes up the story…

The tidied track bed at Hammerwich. Pic: South Staffordshire Railway

The tidied track bed at Hammerwich. Pic: South Staffordshire Railway

As the price of scrap metal rose thoughout 2010, we noticed that alot of infrastucture was going missing around the Hammerwich area. Fish plates, pins and sleepers where the number one target. This left part of the intact track with two sections of rail missing.

Towards the end of December 2010, there were reports that the two sections of track missing had been tidied up and cleared. The track bed had been neatly scraped back to the edges of the intact line and it looked like new track would be installed to make it complete.

We got in touch with Quattro Rail Division who own the depot at the former Charringtons site at Newtown. They explained that their on-track plant and trainees use the line up to the Hammerwich Footbridge and that the work being done at Hammerwich is only a training exercise.

Quattro use a number of railway maintenance machines for training different aspects of railway repairs and general maintenance. The trainees use the line to learn how to use the machines on real infrastucture.

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