The reason I started this blog, way back in - jesus christ - 2007, was because I like railway stations. Yes, there was a completist, nerdy part of me that wanted a project, plus I have a general fondness for infrastructure and transport, but by and large my interest was the buildings that form a station. It means that I like to see a station at its very best, and will often delay visiting when I know it's undergoing refurbishment, for example.
I was of course thrilled to be here. Victoria Wood is, and always will be, one of the touchstones of my life; she was an inspiration and a legend. Her writing crafted how I see the world and how I write about it myself. She went way too soon, and I'll always regret never being able to somehow meet her and tell her how much she meant to me.
The only relic of its heritage is the nearby railway bridge, reconstructed in the 1930s. They were so proud of it they wrote SELLY OAK RAILWAY BRIDGE on the side, which is completely pointless but at the same time quite lovely.