Whilst trying to compile a short biography of Caroline Colmore (1766-1837), heiress of the Colmore estates in Birmingham, I searched Google Advanced Book Search for results with the exact phrase ‘Miss Colmore’ and came up with the following by Samuel Smiles:
‘In 1806 he contemplated the formation of a tramway from Birmingham towards Wedgebury [sic]…… He took a lease on Newhall Hill. Then an immense sandhill. The removal of the hill occupied several years labour but after the ground was cleared Miss Colmore refused to allow it to be used as a railway terminus: on which Mr. James arranged with the Birmingham Canal Co. to bring their canal there, and form their present wharfs. In this enterprise Mr. James lost a large sum of money.’ 
I already knew of sand extraction and canal wharves at Newhall Hill, but who was ‘Mr James’ and what were these plans for a ‘tramway/railway terminus’?
A little more reading  showed that the ‘Mr James’ in question was William James (1771-1837), the greatest visionary crusader in the modernisation of inland transport during Britain’s industrial revolution. The great engineering biographer L.T.C. Rolt said of him,
‘At a time when such a conception must have appeared to his contemporaries as fantastic as space travel, James had a clear vision of an England seamed with locomotive railways. Moreover he cried that vision in the wilderness with such fanatical persistence that willy-nilly he conditioned the minds of even the most sceptical Englishmen to accept the idea of railways. By doing so he undoubtedly paved the way for the railway revolution even though he played no part in that revolution when it came.’ 
A short biography of James, published two years after his death,  adds to his many transport activities the role of mineowner. In partnership with Mr Vansittart  he owned Balls Hill and Golden Hill collieries at West Bromwich, and Old Field colliery at Wednesbury. He also bought Ocker hill, Lee Brook and New Contract collieries and Birchill colliery and iron works in Staffordshire, the Pitsalt colliery, Swadlincote, Derbyshire and the Wyken colliery, near Coventry.
Many mine-owners, when opening new collieries, insisted on their need for new canal branches to provide better transport links. Dissatisfied with the response from the Old Birmingham Canal company James surveyed and brought into the House of Commons a Bill for a canal from his mines down the Tame valley to Birmingham. Fearing competition, the Birmingham Canal company agreed to take over and prosecute the Bill. The Bill that they eventually brought before the House had been so emasculated that it contained no proposals regarding James’s canal route.