A gleaming Derby suburban DMU skirts Kenrick Park as it approaches West Bromwich circa 1957. The ex-GWR trackbed at this point now carries the Midland Metro and today the train would have just left the Kenrick Park stop. Next would be Trinity Way and then West Bromwich Central. Original photo by John Evans. Steve Jones Collection.
A Class 116 set is seen on driver training duties at Solihull in May 1957. Michael Mensing.
An up driver instructor working seen on Sunday 19th May 1957 at Lapworth & Rowington Jct. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban set in Birmingham Snow Hill on June 15, 1957 with the 1.55pm service to Dudley. Michael Mensing.
On Sunday September 1st, 1957, a Derby suburban triple set is seen working the 4.00pm Wellington - Leamington local service near Lapworth. Michael Mensing.
The staff have a chit-chat on the platform next to a brand new Class 116 set in Birmingham Moor Street station on November 23rd, 1957. Michael Mensing.
The 4.20pm Birmingham Moor Street - Leamington services pauses at Olton on February 15th, 1958. The 6-car notice had just installed, and 3-cars signs appeared between Bordesley and Olton. Michael Mensing.
A Class 116 set enters Worcester Foregate Street with the 9.55am Birmingham Snow Hill - Great Malvern service on March 9, 1958. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban triple set (later Class 116) is seen between Lye and Cradley on June 14th, 1958. Michael Mensing.
In late 1959 an unlined green Derby Triple suburban set is seen at Acocks Green. Michael Mensing.
An unlined-green Derby suburban set at Acock's Green in late 1959. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban DMU in Acock's Green station in late 1959. Michael Mensing.
A Class 116 set seen at Acock's Green in 1959. Michael Mensing.
A Class 116 set at Earlswood Lakes with the 10.03am Birmingham Snow Hill - Stratford-on-Avon service on Sunday May 31, 1959. Michael Mensing.
A Class 116 set on the Stevenson Locomotive Society South Wales railtour at Waterloo Halt, 11th July 1959. Steve Davies Collection.
The participants of the SLS South Wales railtour on the 11th July 1959 shelter from the rain in Aberdare Low Level. Steve Davies Collection.
Trouble on the track? It looks like the crew of the Class 116 are dealing with an issue on the bridge at Fountain Hall Bridge Halt. 11th July 1959. Steve Davies Collection.
A DMU calls at Swan Village station, West Bromwich, circa 1960, and seems to be a 3-car set with an extra DMS (or DTS) attached at the front. Swan Village was situated on the GWR main line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level. The train is heading in the Birmingham direction and in the distance can be seen Hill Top tunnel, beyond which lies Wednesbury and the route to Wolverhampton. Original photo by the late John Evans. Steve Jones Collection.
The 3.0pm ex-Birmingham Snow Hill (to return at 4:39pm) in Bewdley station on June 25, 1960. An unusual formation - a power twin attached to a centre car/DMBS. Michael Mensing.
The Tyseley Derby suburban DMUs were fitted with route maps above passenger doors. Taken at Leamington Spa on August 25, 1960. Michael Mensing.