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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 1:150 climb from the south required heavily loaded trains to be banked from Stratford Upon Avon consequently watering facilities were provided for trains that might have otherwise have been hard pressed to continue on to Snow Hill. The station was opened on 1st July 1908 when passenger services commenced from Moor Street and was deemed significant enough to be provided with brick platform structures and a goods yard which remained open until 6th July 1964. The bridge over the railway marked the change point in the name of the road traversing the railway. To the 'north' of the railway, the road was named 'Rumbush Lane', whereas to the 'south' of the railway it was called 'Forshaw Heath Road'. Access to the station was via either a pedestrian pathway leading down from Forshaw Heath Lane to the up platform, or, for road vehicles, via Station Road which led off from Rumbush Lane. Station Road was also where the seven railway cottages were sited, plus a detached station master's house sited opposite to the main station building. This main station building; which accommodated the Booking Office and Waiting Room, a Ladies Waiting Room, a Parcels Office and Cloak Room and Gentlemens toilets; was situated on the down platform. This was unusual insofar that as space was not an issue the normal operating practice for most railway companies, and the GWR, was to locate the main facilities on whatever platform would see the most originating traffic; which in this instance was the up platform with passengers commuting to Birmingham. The number of passenger tickets issued for 1913, 1923 and 1933 was respectively; 16,528; 21,856; and 15,379. The number of season tickets issued for the same years was 176; 581; and 832. With these and the figures quoted below it needs to be remembered that 1933 was four years after the Wall Street Crash and therefore the economic depression was in full flood.

Despite the North Warwickshire Line being open to goods traffic on 9th December 1907, Earlswood Lake's goods yard was opened at about the same time as the passenger station. The goods yard was a simple affair, there not being a goods shed only a very long siding used by merchants for inward traffic of coal, minerals and general goods. For the period 1913, 1923 and 1933, the inward tonnage figures are: coal - 323, 93, 104 respectively, minerals - 3,785, 14,146 and 2,972, general goods - 939, 1,531 and 539. The number of livestock wagons handled for outward shipping was: 3, 28 and 48. A Weigh Office and weighbridge, which could be used by the general public and not just limited to railway users, was located near to the entrance to the yard. Although there was no goods shed the station did handle parcel traffic. Railway parlance for parcel traffic was very different from today and in many respects described any item which was able to be manhandled (but not dangerous) and could be sent by passenger train. Parcel traffic originating at Earlswood Lake station was significant at first with 4,230 items being forwarded in 1913, rising to 6,450 in 1923 but then falling back to 1,616 parcels by 1933. Parcels could therefore be very large and a good example of such traffic can be seen at Coventry in image 'lnwrcov599' which records a 1950s scene.

The station name was changed on 6th May 1974 when the 'Lakes' was dropped to become just 'Earlswood'.

Earlswood Lakes station

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
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon 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 of the down platform's building consisted of booking office, two waiting rooms and 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 of the up platform's passenger facilities which duplicated most of the facilities on the down platform
Looking south towards Stratford upon Avon with the goods yard on the left and the signal box on the right
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J Alsop
Looking south towards Stratford upon Avon with the goods yard on the left and the signal box on the right
Close up of the down platform showing the large number of lanterns and lampposts used to light the station
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J Alsop
Close up of the down platform showing the large number of lanterns and lampposts used to light the station

Close up of the up platform and the generous number of GWR monogrammed bench seats provided for passengers
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J Alsop
Close up of the up platform and the generous number of GWR monogrammed bench seats provided for passengers
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 towards Rumbush Lane road bridge
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 of the up platform building which housed the general waiting room and ladies waiting room
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 of the rail side of the down platform building which housed the 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 Moor Street from the southern end of the station with the storage shed on the down platform

Close up of the storage shed which was located on the down platform adjacent to the goods yard
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the storage shed which was located on the down platform adjacent to the goods yard
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon and 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 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
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon along the down platform with Earlswood Lakes signal box in the distance
Close up of the forecourt outside the station which was accessed by a driveway off Rumbush Lane
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RS Carpenter
Close up of the forecourt outside the station which was accessed by a driveway off Rumbush Lane
Looking south past the water column, lamp room, cattle dock and the entrance to the goods yard
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J Moss
Looking south past the water column, lamp room, cattle dock and the entrance to the goods yard

Locomotives and trains seen at or near Earlswood Lakes

A GWR steam Rail Car stands at Earlswood Station on an up local passenger service to Moor Street
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Anon
A GWR steam Rail Car stands at Earlswood Station on an up local passenger service to Moor Street
GWR No 26 Steam Rail Motor is seen standing at the up platform within a few weeks of opening in July 1908
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J Alsop
GWR No 26 Steam Rail Motor is seen standing at the up platform within a few weeks of opening in July 1908
BR built 2-6-2T No 4170 arrives with an up local passenger service for Moor Street in April 1957
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RS Carpenter
BR built 2-6-2T No 4170 arrives with an up local passenger service for Moor Street in April 1957
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
GWR 4-6-0 No 5938 'Stanley Hall' passes through the station at the head of an up West Country express service
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P Hopkins
GWR 4-6-0 No 5938 'Stanley Hall' passes through the 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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P Hopkins
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3014 is seen receiving attention whilst standing on the down refuge siding
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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M Mensing
BR built GWR 4-6-0 No 7915 'Mere Hall' is on the 11:05 Illfracombe to Wolverhampton express service
BR 2-6-4T 4MT No 80072 is seen coming to a stop as it finishes banking the freight train from Stratford upon Avon
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BPC
BR 2-6-4T 4MT No 80072 is seen coming to a stop as it finishes banking the freight train from Stratford upon Avon
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6922 'Burton Hall' passes the down refuge siding and the  raised upper quadrant signal
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RJ Buckley
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6922 'Burton Hall' passes the down refuge siding and the raised upper quadrant signal
BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92221, on a down Type 4 express freight working, has just past Earlswood Lakes station
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RJ Buckley
BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92221, on a down Type 4 express freight working, has just past Earlswood Lakes station

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6956 'Mottram Hall' approaches the  station with an up Type 6 partially fitted freight
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RJ Buckley
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6956 'Mottram Hall' approaches the station with an up Type 6 partially fitted freight
A Western Region DMU arrives at Earlswood Lakes station on a Moor Street to Stratford upon Avon service in 1959
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Stations UK
A Western Region DMU arrives at Earlswood Lakes station on a Moor Street to Stratford upon Avon service in 1959
A Western Region DMU enters the station with a down local passenger service to Stratford upon Avon on 26th May 1964
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M Mensing
A Western Region DMU enters the station with a down local passenger service to Stratford upon Avon on 26th May 1964

Maps and schematic drawings of Earlswood Lakes

An OS map of Earlswood Lakes Station showing the layout of the station and goods yard as first built in 1908
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Ordnance Survey
An OS map of Earlswood Lakes Station showing the layout of the station & goods yard as first built in 1908
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Ordnance Survey
A 1933 OS map of Earlswood Lakes Station showing the layout of the station hasn't changed since it first opened
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Ordnance Survey
A 1917 large scale OS map showing in greater detail, the main features of the station and goods yard

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A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Earlswood Lakes Signal Box produced courtesy of the SRS