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Railway Cottages at Blackwell

Would you be able to cope if 500 tonnes of diesel hauled express train hammered past your front window every few minutes? Seems as if you get used to it!

Non-Fiction 1972 4 mins

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Bev Smith meets people living at Blackwell in Worcestershire who have to cope with living only six yards away from the main Birmingham to Bristol railway line. From thundering express trains to squealing and clanging freight wagons, how do they manage? A hair raising news item that gets right up close to the story. In fact a little bit too close in one section...

The residents of Blackwell didn't even have the benefit of a handy railway station as the actual stop for the town had been closed in 1965.