West Midlands Traction
Being situated in the centre of the UK, the West Midlands has always been the hub of the network. From InterCity workings from London Euston through the West Midlands, to Cross Country workings from the North East to the South West, there has always been plenty of variety on these passenger workings, and most points of the compass can be reached from Birmingham New Street. The West Midlands has also been a main centre for freight workings.
From the once busy Washwood Heath yard, to Bescot, there has always been a strong freight presence in the region. Unfortunately there are not as many freight workings as in the past, but most types of freight flows have been seen in the West Midlands. There has also been a large variety of traction passing through the West Midlands, with locos visiting from all the different regions, with most descending on Saltley shed just on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre. There have also been large varieties of multiple units used in the West Midlands, both diesel and electric.