Sunday, 27 May 2012
Amidst a public outcry the Curzon Street Stations twin in Euston was pulled down. Birmingham kept Curzon Street although the surrounding buildings through which passengers passed have gone. Designed by Philip Hardwick in 1838 this original gateway of the Birmingham to London Railway now stands forlorn near the site of the new Millenium Complex.
This was the main railway terminus into Birmingham before New Street Station was built. Completed in 1839 it is the oldest surviving railway terminus in the world that is still in its original location and is a grade 1 listed building.
The Commerative Plaque on the wall (see photo) reads:'CURZON STREET STATION This plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first London to Birmingham train at this station on Monday 17th September 1838'