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Lapworth Station

GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Lapworth Station was opened as Kingswood when the Oxford & Birmingham line was opened by the GWR in 1854 and was not renamed Lapworth until 1st May 1902 allegedly to avoid confusion with a station of the same name in Surrey. The O&BR was initially built as a broad gauge line (7ft 0¼ inches) so when the line was converted to standard gauge (4ft 8½ inches) the extra space between the two set of rails (known to railwaymen as the 'six foot') was considerably wider than lines which adopted standard gauge from the outset. Lapworth was originally provided with a small goods yard consisting of one siding which was located on the up side of the station and accessed off a loop line which was also used as a refuge siding for up freight trains. A refuge siding performing the same function was sited on the Leamington side of the station on the down line. There were two bay platforms which were located at the opposite end of the station to the two refuge sidings. The station was rebuilt with four platforms when the line between Lapworth and Tyseley was quadrupled in the 1930s. The quadrupling of the line was to accommodate the increase in commuter traffic to Birmingham as well as release the pressure on goods services. The post-Second World War decline in both goods and passenger traffic saw the goods yard closed in the 1960s and in the early 1970s the station's passenger facilities were reduced to two platforms to eventually become an unmanned station with limited passenger facilities.

Robert Ferris has transcribed the an extract from the Great Western Railway Development Works (Published December 1933) which is available via this link Olton to Lapworth - Quadrupling Birmingham Main Line.

Diane Lovatt writes 'I grew up in Lapworth during the 1950's and was very familiar with Lapworth Station. Dad was a signalman there for a few years and my brother and I used to be allowed to go on Sundays (not a lot of traffic) we were allowed to pull the detonator handles as they were the only ones we could move. The brass was kept immaculate and woe betide us if we touched any brass without the yellow duster to keep finger prints off. We also got to ride on the footplate of engines that came from Birmingham and turned around on the 3rd line'.

Lapworth Station prior to the quadrupling of the line

View of Lapworth Station's forecourt from Station Road at the turn of the twentieth century
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Warks County Records Office
View of Lapworth Station's forecourt from Station Road at the turn of the twentieth century
View looking towards Birmingham showing the main station building on the left with the goods yard in the distance
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J Alsop
View looking to Birmingham showing the main station building on the left with the goods yard in the distance
Close showing Lapworth Signal Box, the station's small goods yard opposite and the station's name board
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J Alsop
Close showing Lapworth Signal Box, the station's small goods yard opposite and the station's name board
Looking towards Birmingham from the London end of the up platform as a local passenger train arrives at the station
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J Alsop
Looking to Birmingham from the London end of the up platform as a local passenger train arrives at the station
An early view looking towards Leamington with the main station buildings on the up (left) with the Henley in Arden bay behind
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Postcard
An early view looking towards Leamington with main station buildings on the left with the Henley in Arden bay behind

Close up showing a lamppost lying on the platform which would seem to indicate the probability they were being replaced
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Real Photographs
Close up showing a lamppost lying on the platform seeming to indicate the probability they were being replaced
Close up showing passenger footbridge and the down platform structure which appears to be an amalgam of two buildings
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Postcard
Close up of the footbridge and the down platform structure which appears to be an amalgam of two buildings
Looking towards Leamington from the Birmingham end of the down platform with the turnout from the up refuge siding on the left
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Postcard
Looking towards Leamington from the Birmingham end of the down platform with the up refuge siding on the left
Looking towards Leamington with a view of what is probably a GWR 0-4-2T class 517 on an Autotrain standing in the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Leamington with a view of a GWR 0-4-2T class 517 on an Autotrain standing in the down platform
Close up showing the up platform and main station building which provided accommodation for the station master, booking office and passenger facilities
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the up platform and main building housing the station master, booking office and passenger facilities

Close up of the GWR 517 class at the head of a down Autotrain and the ornate timber bench seating and the buffer beam of the down bay
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the GWR 517 class at the head of a down Autotrain and the buffer beam of the down bay
Looking towards Birmingham from the down platform towards the main station building with a GWR Autotrain standing in the up platform
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Birmingham from the down platform with a GWR Autotrain standing in the up platform
Close up showing the GWR 0-4-2T Class 517 powered Autotrain with its 'Henley-in-Arden' sign fixed above the centre window
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the Autotrain headed by an 0-4-2T with its 'Henley-in-Arden' sign fixed above the centre window
Close up which provides a better indication of the size of the station building and which shows signs for various passenger facilities
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Lens of Sutton
Close up which provides an indication of the size of the station building and the various passenger facilities
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H Bromwich
Lapworth Station staff photographed on the forecourt in the year before the First World War

Layout of Lapworth station in its original form prior to the quadrupling of the tracks in the 1930s
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Ordnance Survey
Layout of Lapworth station in its original form prior to the quadrupling of the tracks in the 1930s

Lapworth Station after the quadrupling of the line

View from Station Road of the left hand side of Lapworth station showing its entrance and footbridge
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D Churchill
View from Station Road of the left hand side of Lapworth station showing its entrance and footbridge
View of the right hand side of Lapworth station with the corrugated hut seen on the right of the photograph
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D Churchill
View of the right hand side of Lapworth station with the corrugated hut seen on the right of the photograph
A panoramic view of station looking towards Birmingham with the signal box located in the centre of the two sets of tracks
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Real Photos
Panoramic view of station looking towards Birmingham with the signal box located in the centre of the tracks
A close up showing the new signal box built in June 1932 and some of the track layout at the Birmingham end of the station
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Real Photos
Close up of the new signal box and some of the track layout at the Birmingham end of the station
Looking along Platform 1 towards Leamington with Station road and the main station building on the left
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D Churchill
Looking along Platform 1 towards Leamington with Station road and the main station building on the left

View of Platform 1 from the passenger footbridge showing the main station building and on the left the corrugated hut
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D Churchill
View of Platform 1 from the passenger footbridge showing the main station building and on the left the corrugated hut
View from Platform 1 of Lapworth station's original station building as seen on 3rd June 1972
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D Churchill
View from Platform 1 of Lapworth station's original station building as seen on 3rd June 1972
View looking towards Leamington showing the building erected on Platform 1 when the line was quadrupled
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D Churchill
View looking towards Leamington showing the building erected on Platform 1 when the line was quadrupled
View of Platform 1 looking towards Birmingham with the new building seen nearest to the camera on 3rd June 1972
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D Churchill
View of Platform 1 looking towards Birmingham with the new building seen nearest to the camera on 3rd June 1972
Platform 1 after  the station was rebuilt which included a replacement structure to the original building
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D Churchill
Platform 1 after the station was rebuilt which included a replacement structure to the original building

Looking towards Leamington showing the fencing erected on Lapworth station's platform 2 as seen on 3rd June 1972
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D Churchill
Looking towards Leamington showing the fencing erected on Lapworth station's platform 2 as seen on 3rd June 1972
Looking towards Birmingham along Platform 2 with the fence separating it from platform 3 on the left
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D Churchill
Looking towards Birmingham along Platform 2 with the fence separating it from platform 3 on the left
View of the Birmingham end of Platform 2 showing the passenger building still in use on 3rd June 1972
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D Churchill
View of the Birmingham end of Platform 2 showing the passenger building still in use on 3rd June 1972
View of the underside of the canopy erected in the 1930s to cover Lapworth station's platform 2 and 3
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D Churchill
View of the underside of the canopy erected in the 1930s to cover Lapworth station's platform 2 and 3
View from the passenger footbridge of Lapworth station's disused platform 3 as seen on 3rd June 1972
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D Churchill
View from the passenger footbridge of Lapworth station's disused platform 3 as seen on 3rd June 1972

Looking north towards Birmingham along the bay platform line and adjacent down goods loop in 1960
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RS Carpenter
Looking north towards Birmingham along the bay platform line and adjacent down goods loop in 1960
Looking towards Birmingham with Lapworth signal box on the left one month before the signal box was closed in September 1969
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W Wrightl
Looking towards Birmingham with Lapworth signal box on the left one month before the signal box was closed
The rear of the corrugated hut standing on the Birmingham end of Platform 1 as viewed from Station Road
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D Churchill
The rear of the corrugated hut standing on the Birmingham end of Platform 1 as viewed from Station Road
View of the Lapworth station's name board which was erected in the 1930s when the station was rebuilt
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Anon
View of the Lapworth station's name board which was erected in the 1930s when the station was rebuilt
Photograph of Lapworth station's taxi driven by Edward Giles and Lapworth' station master Mr Ted Giles and other staff and members of the public
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A Cooper
Photograph of Lapworth' station master Mr Ted Giles and the station's taxi driven by Edward Giles

The Signalling Diagram for Lapworth Signal Box showing the track layout after the 1930’s quadrupling of the main line
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Signalling Record Society
The Signalling Diagram for Lapworth Signal Box showing the track layout after the 1930s quadrupling

Locomotives, trains and rolling stock seen at or near Lapworth station

GWR 2-8-2T 72xx class No 7247 is seen entering the station at the head of a short through fast freight train
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Anon
GWR 2-8-2T 72xx class No 7247 is seen entering the station at the head of a short through fast freight train
GWR 2-6-2T 5101 class 'Large Prairie' No 5198 is seen standing at Platform 3 on a service from Birmingham terminating at Lapworth
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Anon
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 5101 class 'Large Prairie' No 5198 stands at Platform 3 on a terminating service from Birmingham
GWR 2-8-0 28xx class No 3837 approaching Lapworth on the Up Main Line with a through freight of mostly mineral open wagons
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S Blencowe
Ex-GWR 2-8-0 28xx class No 3837 approaches on the Up Main Line with a freight of mostly mineral open wagons
British Railways built 2-6-2T 51xx class 'Large Prairie' No 4172 is seen on the 8:04am Stratford on Avon to Birmingham service on 21st June 1960
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M Mensing
British Railways built 2-6-2T No 4172 is seen on the 8:04am Stratford on Avon to Birmingham service
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 King class No 6026 'King John' is seen passing the sidings at Lapworth whilst at the head of an up Paddington express on 25th August 1962
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R Darlaston
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6026 'King John' passes Lapworth at the head of an up Paddington express on 25th August 1962

Ex-WD 2-8-0 No 90585 is seen reversing into the relief line to make way for the 4:30pm Wolverhampton to Paddington express service on 3rd March 1957
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M Mensing
Ex-WD 2-8-0 No 90585 reverses into the relief line to allow a Wolverhampton - Paddington service to pass
An unidentified GWR 4-6-0 Saint class locomotive is seen passing Lapworth signal box on the 11:15am Wolverhampton to Weymouth express circa 1935
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A Bromwich
An unidentified GWR 4-6-0 Saint class locomotive passes through on a Wolverhampton to Weymouth express
Ex-Great Western Railway 4-6-0 60xx ‘King’ class No 6019 ‘King Henry V’ approaches Lapworth Station on the up main line with a Birkenhead to Paddington express
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TE Williams
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6019 ‘King Henry V’ approaches Lapworth Station with a Birkenhead to Paddington express
Ex-Great Western Railway 2-8-0 30xx class ROD No 3012 with a northbound class H unfitted through freight south of Lapworth on Sunday 4th December 1955
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TE Williams
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 No 3012 on a northbound class H unfitted through freight south of Lapworth Station
Rebuilt ex-SR West Country 4-6-2 No 34040 'Crewkerne' on a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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Rebuilt ex-SR West Country 4-6-2 No 34040 'Crewkerne' on a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963

An unidentified ex-GWR King Class locomotive is seen on an up express service near Lapworth on 14th April 1962
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An unidentified ex-GWR King Class locomotive is seen on an up express service near Lapworth on 14th April 1962
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7919 'Runter Hall' is seen on a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7919 'Runter Hall' is seen on a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7014 'Caerhays Castle' heads a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7014 'Caerhays Castle' heads a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48414 is seen at the head of a Class 7 service near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48414 is seen at the head of a Class 7 service near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5089 'Westminster Abbey' works an up train near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle Class No 5089 'Westminster Abbey' works an up train near Lapworth on 27th April 1963

British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7029 Clun Castle heads a SLS special after crossing to the up main 24th January 1965
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C Gorton
British Railways built 4-6-0 No 7029 Clun Castle heads a SLS special after crossing to the up main 24th January 1965
An ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive races through Lapworth  on the down main line with a northbound express
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C Gorton
An ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive races through Lapworth on the down main line with an express
British Railways built West Country Class No 34094 'Mortehoe' heads through Lapworth on a football special on 27th April 1963
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British Railways built West Country Class No 34094 'Mortehoe' heads through Lapworth on a football special
Ex-SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain class No 34052 'Lord Dowding' heads a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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Ex-SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain class No 34052 'Lord Dowding' heads a football special near Lapworth
West Country Class 4-6-2 No 34098 'Templecombe' near Lapworth with a football special on 27th April 1963
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West Country Class 4-6-2 No 34098 'Templecombe' near Lapworth with a football special on 27th April 1963

Ex-SR 4-6-2 West Country class No 34028 'Eddystone' heads a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
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R Postill
Ex-SR 4-6-2 West Country class No 34028 'Eddystone' heads a football special near Lapworth on 27th April 1963
British Railways built Battle of Britain Class No 34088 '213 Squadron' heads through Lapworth on a football special
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R Postill
British Railways built Battle of Britain Class No 34088 '213 Squadron' heads through Lapworth on a football special
Ex-GWR 2-8-0 47xx class locomotive No 4701 stands in the bay platform at Lapworth on Sunday 8th October 1961
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Anon
Ex-GWR 2-8-0 47xx class locomotive No 4701 stands in the bay platform at Lapworth on Sunday 8th October 1961
Ex-SR 4-6-2 Merchant Navy Class No 35026 'Lampart and Holt Line' with the return leg of 'The Aberdonian' rail tour
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R Siviter
Ex-SR 4-6-2 Merchant Navy Class No 35026 'Lampart and Holt Line' with the return leg of 'The Aberdonian' rail tour
BR built 4-6-0 'Black 5' No 44661 is seen heading a south-bound parcels train for Leamington and Banbury on 2nd June 1966
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R Siviter
BR built 4-6-0 'Black 5' No 44661 is seen heading a south-bound parcels train for Leamington and Banbury

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 60xx class No 6001 King Edward VII approaches Lapworth with the 5:10 pm Paddington to Wolverhampton express
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M Mensing
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 6001 King Edward VII approaches Lapworth with a Paddington to Wolverhampton express
View of the Blue Pullmanas it passes through Lapworth station's up main platform at speed on a service from Paddington to Snow Hill
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A Cooper
The Blue Pullman passes through Lapworth station's up main platform on a service from Paddington to Snow Hill
Great Western Railway steel ballast wagon No 60926 is seen standing in Lapworth yard in July 1947
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HMRS AEL225
Great Western Railway steel ballast wagon No 60926 is seen standing in Lapworth yard in July 1947