Darlaston Loop

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Darlaston Loop
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The Darlaston Loop was a railway which connected the towns of Willenhall and Wednesbury in the West Midlands of England. It was so named because it passed through the town of Darlaston.

Opening[edit]

The line was opened in 1863 to bypass the recently constructed railway through Walsall. It operated as a single track until a second track was added in 1872, and the only station on the line was located in Darlaston town centre.

Closure[edit]

It closed in 1887 but the line remained open to goods trains for another 80 years or so, when it finally closed during the 1960s.

The site today[edit]

A public footpath has been created along some of the trackbed, including the section which passed through Darlaston Station. A disused railway building on Crescent Road is still standing nearly 50 years after falling into disuse.

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Coordinates: 52°33′59″N 2°02′02″W / 52.56644°N 2.03393°W / 52.56644; -2.03393