Birmingham New Street is a major railway station located in the centre of the city of Birmingham, England. It lies on the Birmingham loop of the West Coast Main Line. New Street is Birmingham's main railway station, and is a major hub of the British railway system. Due to its central location, railway lines from all over Great Britain run into it including lines to London, Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland, Cardiff, North Wales, Bournemouth, Bristol, Penzance, Nottingham, Leicester, Shrewsbury and Newcastle upon Tyne.
A station usually consists of at least one building for passengers (and possibly freight) plus other installations associated with the functioning of the railway or railroad.A small station with few facilities and/or limited use may be known as a halt in UK usage, or in US usage a stop. In the United States, a station is technically distinguished from a depot in that a station is a designated stop, with or without a depot. train station is a relatively recent usage in Great Britain, and many would say it is a particularly unpleasant sounding phrase, the original railway station being preferred by these.
The platforms will often be raised or lowered relative to the station entrance,the station buildings may be on either level, or both.The other arrangement, where the station entrance and platforms are on the same level, is also common, but is perhaps rarer in urban areas, except when the station is a terminus.Elevated stations are more common, not including metro stations. Stations located at level crossings can be problematic if the train blocks the roadway while it stops, causing drivers to wait for an extended period of time.
There have been four proper Wikimeets in London. And one in Birmingham. This page serves as a reference point for any future meet-ups that are held within the city to save repeating the directions, train details etc. We are trying to establish this a regular monthly meet-up on the second Sunday of every month. It remains to be seen how well we will maintain enthusiasm for this, so please help by keeping your diaries free on the second Sunday of each month, and by signing up to make the list longer.
The aim is to attract Wikipedians in London of whom there are many, but obviously people from outside London are very welcome! There's quite a lot tech meet-ups and presentation events on in London all the time. Particularly relevant perhaps: London Wiki Wednesdays - Socialising and presentations on wiki related topics. London meet-ups were happening every month now, but they are looking for somebody with to host it again in 2008.
A general bias towards discussing enterprise wiki usage, but MediaWiki/WikiMedia folks have given talks on several occasions. There's all sorts of other ideas for venues and dates/times for meet-ups. Bear in mind that we would like to establish a routine, hence sticking with Second Sunday of every month-Penderel's Oak could actually be the best idea, unimaginative though it is Main-line services are operated by Virgin Trains and London Midland, and stop at the principal stations only. These are joined by occasional services over the northern section of the route by Arriva Trains Wales.
Birmingham to Birmingham International, then all stations to Coventry: two trains per hour, with one going on to Rugby and Northampton. Trains from London to the north of England and Scotland are frequently diverted via this route at weekends, due to engineering work on the Trent Valley Line - the direct route from Rugby to Stafford.All stations between Birmingham and Wolverhampton:two trains per hour. Additionally, one train per hour between Birmingham, Stafford and Liverpool Lime Street calls at Coseley, Wolverhampton and Penkridge.