The Black Country is an area immediately to the west of Birmingham
heavily associated with the Industrial Revolution. The townships
are fiercely partisan and in typical fashion have fought hard for
their railway connections. The main presence was provided by the
GWR and the LNWR with routes between the major centres. Other minor
concerns were represented by local industries. Given the industrial
nature of the area, it has been neglected by photographers and over
the last fifty years Steve Burdett has uncovered and recorded a
system that was decimated in the Beeching Report. As a result, a
variety of locations including Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, Walsall
and Bescot are included in this photographic tour around the
region. In recent years, an enlightened transport policy has seen
an improvement in infrastructure and services including the Midland
Metro with more to follow. A variety of motive power is to be seen
within this fascinating collection.
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