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Henley-in-Arden - Original Station

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Henley-in-Arden was originally connected to the GWR's Birmingham and Oxford route originating from Kingswood (renamed Lapworth in 1902) station via a short single branch line just over 3 miles in length. It was first mooted in 1861 as a mixed gauge line but work stopped due to the lack of funding when only half of the line was complete. It remained in this state until the mid-1890s becoming overgrown until a new company, the Birmingham and Henley in Arden Railway Company, was formed under GWR influence to complete the project.

Opening on 6th June 1894 the branch was taken in to ownership by the GWR on 1st July 1900, a month before the GWR took over the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway Company as part of its strategy to open a new main line to the West of England. The opening of the North Warwickshire line in 1908 made the branch superfluous although passenger traffic from Lapworth continued until the First World War intervened. As with many little used branch lines across the country the track was lifted for reuse on the behind the lines in France.

Passengers services officially ceased on 1 January 1915 although the line that had been extended from the 'Old Station's' goods shed to the North Warwickshire line remained and was used until closure on 31st December 1962. There was also a single road engine shed which served the branch line. Having opened with the branch line in 1894 it also closed with the line when track was lifted in 1915.

Original Henley-in-Arden Station (37) New Henley-in-Arden Station (46) Henley-in-Arden Shed (6)

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Looking towards the buffers with the shed on the left and the station master posed standing on the rails infront of the short station platform on the right
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GM Perkins
Looking towards the buffers with the shed on the left and the station master posed standing on the rails infront of the short station platform on the right
Close up showing the original Henley-in-Arden single-storey station building built using red brick and grey slate roof and the ornate platform front
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GM Perkins
Close up showing the original Henley-in-Arden single-storey station building built using red brick and grey slate roof and the ornate platform front
Looking in the direction of Lapworth along the platform with the station starter signal at the platform end and the goods shed in the near distance
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NRM
Looking in the direction of Lapworth along the platform with the station starter signal at the platform end and the goods shed in the near distance
Wolverhampton built GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 539 is seen at the head of the branch passenger train at the beginning of the 20th century
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J Whybrow Ltd
Wolverhampton built GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 539 is seen at the head of the branch passenger train at the beginning of the 20th century
An unidentified GWR 0-4-2T 517 class locomotive stands at the head of a three-coach train comprising of four-wheel coaching stock
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Anon
An unidentified GWR 0-4-2T 517 class locomotive stands at the head of a three-coach train comprising of four-wheel coaching stock

View of GWR 2-4-2T 36xx class No 3606 is seen at the head of a through working from Henley-in-Arden to Birmingham Snow Hill
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GM Perkins
View of GWR 2-4-2T 36xx class No 3606 is seen at the head of a through working from Henley-in-Arden to Birmingham Snow Hill
GWR 0-4-4T 3521 class No 3556 is seen derailed after running throughthe buffers on the 7am through train from Birmingham Snow Hill
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RS Carpenter
GWR 0-4-4T 3521 class No 3556 is seen derailed after running throughthe buffers on the 7am through train from Birmingham Snow Hill
Close up of GWR 0-4-4T No 3556, one of William Dean's double-framed tank engines rebuilt from 0-4-2Ts
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RS Carpenter
Close up of GWR 0-4-4T No 3556, one of William Dean's double-framed tank engines rebuilt from 0-4-2Ts
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 539 is seen buffered up to the stops on the track adjacent to the branch line locomotive shed
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GM Perkins
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 539 is seen buffered up to the stops on the track adjacent to the branch line locomotive shed
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 1432 and GWR 2-4-2T 36xx class No 3601 are seen standing on the tracks leading to Henley-in-Arden locomotive shed
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C Maggs
GWR 0-4-2T 517 class No 1432 and GWR 2-4-2T 36xx class No 3601 are seen standing on the tracks leading to Henley-in-Arden locomotive shed

View of the 22 feet 6 inch long girder bridge carrying the branch line over the Stratford-on-Avon canal one third of mile from Rowington Junction
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J Whybrow Ltd
View of the 22 feet 6 inch long girder bridge carrying the branch line over the Stratford-on-Avon canal one third of mile from Rowington Junction
View looking in the direction of Rowington Junction showing Henley-in-Arden's disused original station and locomotive shed
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Lens of Sutton
Station and shed after View looking in the direction of Rowington Junction showing Henley-in-Arden's disused original station and locomotive shed
Close up of Henley-in-Arden's disused original station building now being used to provide accommodation for the station master of the new station
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of Henley-in-Arden's disused original station building now being used to provide accommodation for the station master of the new station
View of Henley-in-Arden's disused original station and its now isolated engine shed showing just the one set of rails used to marshal goods trains
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Lens of Sutton
View of Henley-in-Arden's disused original station and its now isolated engine shed showing just the one set of rails used to marshal goods trains
Close up showing Henley-in-Arden's original station building showing its use in the 1930s as accommodation for the station master
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing Henley-in-Arden's original station building showing its use in the 1930s as accommodation for the station master

A general view of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station showing TR Perkins standing on the derelict platform in August 1939
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NJ Allcock
A general view of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station showing TR Perkins standing on the derelict platform in August 1939
View of Henley-in-Arden's original station, now abandoned with weeds growing through the track, after closure of the goods facilities in 1964
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Anon
View of Henley-in-Arden's original station, now abandoned with weeds growing through the track, after closure of the goods facilities in 1964
View looking along the platform of Henley-in-Arden's original station showing much neglect and over growth since the 1940s views
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Anon
View looking along the platform of Henley-in-Arden's original station showing much neglect and over growth since the 1940s views
View of the end of the goods yard, complete with wagons, looking in the general direction of the front of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station
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JH Russell
View of the end of the goods yard, complete with wagons, looking in the general direction of the front of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station
Close up showing the two sidings and the typical array of vans and five-plank wagons used to transport primarily coal to Henley-in-Arden
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JH Russell
Close up showing the two sidings and the typical array of vans and five-plank wagons used to transport primarily coal to Henley-in-Arden

Close up showing the two buffer stops at the end at Henley-in-Arden goods yard's main sidings with the original passenger station in the background
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JH Russell
Close up showing the two buffer stops at the end at Henley-in-Arden goods yard's main sidings with the original passenger station in the background
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen cautiously reversing down the gradient towards the head shunt in order to gain access to the yard in 1958
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MEJ Deane
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen cautiously reversing down the gradient towards the head shunt in order to gain access to the yard in 1958
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen in the process of 'fly-shunting', a method of shunting wagons in a track parallel to the locomotive's
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MEJ Deane
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen in the process of 'fly-shunting', a method of shunting wagons in a track parallel to the locomotive's
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen having just completed the shunting of the wagons into one of Henley-in-Arden's two long sidings
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MEJ Deane
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen having just completed the shunting of the wagons into one of Henley-in-Arden's two long sidings
Looking towards Henley-in-Arden goods shed whilst the original branch line to Rowington Junction can be seen disappearing in the distance
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CL Mowatt
Looking towards Henley-in-Arden goods shed whilst the original branch line to Rowington Junction can be seen disappearing in the distance

Close up showing Henley-in-Arden goods shed and the track on the truncated former branch forming the head shunt with buffer stops in the distance
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CL Mowatt
Close up showing Henley-in-Arden goods shed and the track on the truncated former branch forming the head shunt with buffer stops in the distance
Looking towards Rowington Junction from the end of the station platform with the truncated branch line in the distance
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J Moss
Looking towards Rowington Junction from the end of the station platform with the truncated branch line in the distance
A side view of Henley-in-Arden's original goods shed now seen in a derelict state after the tracks in the yard were lifted in 1964
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Anon
A side view of Henley-in-Arden's original goods shed now seen in a derelict state after the tracks in the yard were lifted in 1964
Looking along the station approach with Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station on the right and the goods yard and shed directly ahead
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Joe Moss
Looking along the station approach with Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station on the right and the goods yard and shed directly ahead
An external view of the front of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station building now closed even as station master's accommodation
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Anon
An external view of the front of Henley-in-Arden's original passenger station building now closed even as station master's accommodation

View of the front elevation of the original Henley-in-Arden station building and platform which are now seen in a derelict condition
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Anon
View of the front elevation of the original Henley-in-Arden station building and platform which are now seen in a derelict condition
View of Henley-in-Arden's now abandoned goods yard showing the timber storage sheds to the right of the white timber structure
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Anon
View of Henley-in-Arden's now abandoned goods yard showing the timber storage sheds to the right of the white timber structure
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx class No 7713 is seen standing on one of the back sidings with the connecting line to the new station behind
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C Jacks
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx class No 7713 is seen standing on one of the back sidings with the connecting line to the new station behind
British Railways built 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen at the head of the 'Henley goods' as it runs forward from the head shunt into the yard
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MEJ Deane
British Railways built 0-6-0PT 94xx class No 9432 is seen at the head of the 'Henley goods' as it runs forward from the head shunt into the yard
An aerial view of Henley-in-Arden in 1930 showing the layout of the original terminus station plus the engine shed and goods shed and yard
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Aerofilms
An aerial view of Henley-in-Arden in 1930 showing the layout of the original terminus station plus the engine shed and goods shed and yard

Close up showing the former branch terminus and the relationship of the goods sidings, goods shed and passenger station to the engine shed
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Aerofilms
Close up showing the former branch terminus and the relationship of the sidings, goods shed and station to the engine shed
View of a map of the Henley-in-Arden branch terminus in 1905 showing the layout of the original station, engine shed and goods yard
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Crown Copyright
View of a map of the Henley-in-Arden branch terminus in 1905 showing the layout of the original station, engine shed and goods yard

Original Henley-in-Arden Station (37) New Henley-in-Arden Station (46) Henley-in-Arden Shed (6)