56077 at Handsworth
56077 takes the second portion of a Handsworth - Aldwarke scrap train back past the scrapyard at 15:45 on Friday 19th July 1996. The loco would have had to run-round at Queen's Head sidings, and again at Langley Green or Stourbridge Jct (I can't remember which). As I recall the first portion had already been recessed at Bescot and the two portions were combined there before heading north. This flow became a regular working, but without the portion working and routed via Snow Hill with a single run-round at Tyseley. Work on the Midland Metro trackbed was underway in the background, but it would be another three years before it opened for business. Well over two decades will have elapsed before a second Metro line is open.