A leading figure from the Moor Street Historical Society has revealed a plaque at Moor Street station to mark the group’s efforts 20 years ago in gaining listed building status for the station.
Dr Bernard Juby, was the Chairman of the Moor Street Historical Society, which was set up in 1988 after the station had fallen into disrepair following British Rail closing it in 1987.
The Moor Street Historical Society cleaned the station and also applied for listed status to protect it. In addition to revealing the plaque, Dr Juby also presented the first proof copies of a painting made by a well-known railway artist, Mr. Brian Chapman, who was also a Member of the Moor Street Historical Society.
Dr Bernard Juby, said: “At long last all of the hard work of the Moor Street Historical Society in repairing and maintaining the station has now been officially recognised. Today, we all enjoy the beauty and splendour of Moor Street and have witnesses this gateway go from strength to strength, so it’s important we mark the work that was put in to get listed status as this is what saved Moor Street station from destruction.
“We’re delighted to be unveiling this plaque at a time when so much work is taking place in this area for the new Curzon Street Development.”
Alan Riley, Customer Services Director at Chiltern Railways said: “We’re thankful for the hard work that the Moor Street Historical Society put in to protect this station. Chiltern also saw that this station had huge potential and we’re proud of our investments to maintain the station’s beauty, put platforms back in use and offer a competitive service between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone, but without the group’s efforts none of this would be possible.”