Rail Riders

Birmingham. June 2023

The latest adventure for the group took place on Wednesday 14th June 2023. A small group of 8 travelled from Llandrindod station to Birmingham on The Heart of Wales Line, changing at Shrewsbury for Birmingham New Street.

Nothing was pre-arranged and was a self exploring trip, encouraging folk to do their own thing.

You may recall a recent presentation at one of our main meetings about the Back to Back housing project. These properties were built in industrial centres during the industrial revolution to accomodate the workers flooding into these towns and cities. At the time Birmingham was little more than a village but that changed in a big way.

The project in Birmingham is where a small group visited this day, it being the only exisitng group of original and restored buildings in their original position

There were 90 people living in just this block of 6 houses. In the slum clearances of the 1960’s and 70’s people were relocated into more spacious accomodation such as terraced houses and high rise flats.

Another group spent their time exploring the Jewellery Quarter and I am assured the wallet was somewhat lighter for the experience.

Later we all reconvened at The London and Northern public house on New Street Station, a Wetherspoons I am led to believe, before we returned to Llandrindod