The terminating platforms at Birmingham Moor Street, which date from 1909, will reopen on 11th December, with the first passenger train being a steam-hauled charter to London Paddington. Of the three platforms, only two will initially be commissioned. However Platform 5 could be brought back into service if demand increases, although it has not been connected to the network during the latest works.
Commissioning of the signalling, controlled from the West Midlands Signalling Centre, took place over the weekend of 13/14th November. In addition, new stabling sidings have been installed south of the station and these will be used overnight by Chiltern units.
The last passenger train to use the terminating platforms was on 26th September 1987, when steam locomotive 7029 Clun Castle left at the head of a charter to mark the station’s closure and the opening of a through route to Birmingham Snow Hill.
The new platforms will help to increase capacity at Snow Hill which lost one to the Midland Metro.