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Earlswood Lakes

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Earlswood Lakes station was situated at the highest point of the line between Birmingham and Stratford Upon Avon. The long bank from the south required heavily loaded trains to be piloted from Stratford Upon Avon. Watering facilities were provided for trains that might have otherwise have been hard pressed to continue on to Snow Hill. The station was opened with the line in 1908 and was deemed significant enough to be provided with brick platform structures and a goods yard which remained open until 6th July 1964. Access to the station was via a path to the up platform from the road that crossed the railway or via a drive way that led to the down platform and to the goods yard. The main facilities including the Booking Office were situated in the down platform building.

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View looking towards Stratford upon Avon of Earlswood Lakes station shortly before opening in 1908 with the up platform on the right
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Postcard
View looking towards Stratford upon Avon of Earlswood Lakes station shortly before opening in 1908 with the up platform on the right
Close up showing the down platform's building which consisted of booking office, two waiting rooms and gentleman's toilets
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Postcard
Close up showing the down platform's building which consisted of booking office, two waiting rooms and gentleman's toilets
Close up showing the water tower and the up platform's passenger facilities which unusually duplicated the facilities on the down platform
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Postcard
Close up showing the water tower and the up platform's passenger facilities which unusually duplicated the facilities on the down platform
Looking towards Birmingham from under the passenger footbridge and along the down platform with Rumbush Lane road bridge marking the station's boundary
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Birmingham from under the passenger footbridge and along the down platform with Rumbush Lane road bridge marking the station's boundary
Close up showing the up platform building which housed the general waiting room, ladies waiting room including internal toilet and the gentlemen's toilets
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the up platform building which housed the general waiting room, ladies waiting room including internal toilet and the gentlemen's toilets

Close up showing the frontage of the down platform building which housed Earlswood Lake station's principal passenger facilities
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the frontage of the down platform building which housed Earlswood Lake station's principal passenger facilities
Looking towards Birmingham from the Stratford upon Avon end of the up platform and showing the station's storage shed on the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Birmingham from the Stratford upon Avon end of the up platform and showing the station's storage shed on the down platform
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon towards the signal box situated at the end of the down platform and opposite the goods yard
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon towards the signal box situated at the end of the down platform and opposite the goods yard
View looking in the direction of Stratford upon Avon along the down platform with Earlswood Lakes signal box in the distance
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Lens of Sutton
View looking in the direction of Stratford upon Avon along the down platform with Earlswood Lakes signal box in the distance
GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5938 'Stanley Hall' is seen passing through Earlswood station at the head of an up West Country express service
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GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5938 'Stanley Hall' is seen passing through Earlswood station at the head of an up West Country express service

Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3014 is seen receiving attention whilst standing on the down refuge siding just beyond Rumbush Lane road bridge
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Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3014 is seen receiving attention whilst standing on the down refuge siding just beyond Rumbush Lane road bridge
Another view of ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3014 after being given the right of way to proceed through the station towards Stratford upon Avon
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P Hopkins
Another view of ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3014 after being given the right of way to proceed through the station towards Stratford upon Avon
British Railways built GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 7915 'Mere Hall' is seen on the 11 05 Illfracombe to Wolverhampton express service
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British Railways built GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 7915 'Mere Hall' is seen on the 11 05 Illfracombe to Wolverhampton express service
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Earlswood Lakes Signal Box produced courtesy of the SRS
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Signalling Record Society
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Earlswood Lakes Signal Box produced courtesy of the SRS