Members of a Bromsgrove Scout group were delighted to get a sneak preview of a plaque that will bear their name at a railway station.

Finstall Scout Troop have been celebrating being named as a Cross City Hero.

Children from the group took a trip on the Cross City Line over the weekend to take a look at their plaque, ahead of its permanent display at Barnt Green station this summer.

The young people, from Finstall Scout Troop, which is part of Scouts Bromsgrove, visited Steelhouse Lane Lock-up in Birmingham City Centre.

The group spent the night at the disused police station after visiting the on-site museum to learn about the history of local policing.

The group has been chosen as one of 24 community organisations to receive a plaque of recognition at local railway stations on the popular Cross City Line between Redditch / Bromsgrove, Birmingham and Lichfield.

Local clubs, charities and community groups were nominated for the Cross City Heroes scheme by passengers, residents and railway staff as part of a competition to celebrate 40 years of services on the Cross City Line.

These nominations were then judged by representatives from West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Rail Executive to form the final list of 24 winners.

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “The Cross City Line connects communities across North Worcestershire to Birmingham, and is a big part of many people’s lives.

"Getting young people to use the train with confidence can open up so many opportunities for them, so it is always great to be able to welcome groups like this onto our stations and trains. Scouts Bromsgrove, along with other local groups, clearly make a positive impact on those around them, so it is a pleasure to be able to recognise the group with a plaque at Barnt Green station as part of our Cross City Heroes competition.”

Other local groups receiving plaques are Pride of Longbridge at Longbridge station; Someone at the Door Samba Band at Alvechurch; The basement Project at Bromsgrove Station and 1st Astwood Bank Scout Group at Redditch.

For the list of winning Cross City Heroes groups visit