County Express

Vol. 1, No. 21 ] SATURDAY, 25th., MAY, 1867 [ Price 1d.


"THE WALSALL AND WOLVERHAMPTON RAILWAY :- The projected line of railway, which is to connect the towns of Wolverhampton, Willenhall and Walsall has at length been commenced by the contractors (Messrs. T.Brassey and Co.), without the preliminary ceremonial usual on such occasion. It had been expected that the first sod would be turned by the Countess of Litchfield; but several unavoidable delays having already taken place, it was thought best to dispense with the accustomed form, and to commence the work forth with. The new line will leave Wolverhampton about 100 yards on the Stour Valley side of the Queen Street station, and will very shortly afterwards will be joined by a loop line from the Great Western, and thence it will proceed, to Wednesfield Heath, crossing the Old Grand Junction Railway at the mouth of the tunnel. Here will be the first station. Thence to Wednesfield, which will be the second stopping place, 'en route' for Willenhall. At Willenhall the principal station will be in Stafford Street, but a second is proposed in Clark's Lane at the east end of town. Passing to the north of Bentley Hall it will proceed in a direct line to Rycroft, where it will join the South Staffordshire Railway about one forth of a mile from the present Walsall station, which will be used for the traffic of the new undertaking. The London and North-Western, Midland and the Great Western Railways have all running powers over the new line, which will be of immense advantage to the district. It is estimated that trains will run the entire distance in fifteen minutes (including stoppages), and should the traffic justify it, there will be communications every half hour. - 'Staffordshire Advertiser'."


"THE ENGINE DRIVERS ON THE NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE RAILWAY :- The directors of the North Staffordshire Railway have effected an amicable adjustment of the demands of the engine-drivers, turners, and shunters of their line, who have accepted the terms offered by the directors. The chief concessions made to the engine drivers are these - the reduction of the hours of the working day, from twelve to ten, and the payment of two hours overtime as a quarter. Several other concessions have been made, and seen to have given satisfaction to the men, whose acceptance of the directors' offer was communicated to the latter on Monday. An addition to the pay of the turners and shunters has also been made."


Brierley Hill.
(Before I. Spooner Esq.)

"STEALING IRON THE PROPERTY OF THE EARL OF DUDLEY :- Caroline Pulley, a young woman of about 19 years of age, was charge with stealing a certain quantity of iron, the property of the Earl of Dudley, from a private railway near Round Oak Colliery, on Wednesday morning the 22nd. inst. John Flavell a labourer working for Joseph Hartland, who is employed by the Earl of Dudley, said on Wednesday morning about 11 o'clock, he was working near the railway and saw the girl come up. She stood for a short time and then put some iron into her apron. The iron consisted of railway pins and pieces of iron. He told a man called Richard Teague what he had seen, and went after the girl and stopped her. - Richard Teague, a labourer employed under the Earl of Dudley said from what the previous witness had told him, he went after the girl, and took the iron produced from her, when she was near the timber yard. The iron was in her apron which was tied round her. - George Hewitt, railway inspector under the Earl of Dudley, said the iron was worth 2s. The magistrate dismissed the girl with a condition.