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LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman is by the sea. Where is this?
Things look bleak for this important piece of railway architecture. Fortunately, it has survived. Where is it?
Answer: Queen's Building, Victoria Square, Wolverhampton. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Peter Tisdale, Richard Maund, Jason Matthews, Dave Goodyear, Paul Hopper, John Czyrko.
From the early days (1849) of Wolverhampton High Level station, this building was its grand entrance at what was then known as Five Ways. The narrow arches were quite impractical, and it was already bypassed by the time of the 1885 map (below). The building became the Goods Office before falling into dereliction.
Photographed by Jack Faithfull on 12th August 1979 RCTS Collection
The building has been reborn - as a Costa outlet! It is adjacent to the bus station, the Midland Metro and a shopping centre. Wolverhampton's inner ring road now separates the city centre from its station but recent construction of the metro extension is complete and the access shenanigans are over.
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