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GWR Routes

The North Warwickshire Line

Strictly speaking the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway, to give the line its correct title, runs from Tyseley to Bearley North Junction. However, in the spirit of the Great Western Railway, who built the line as part of a new route to the West of England, we have included stations both north of Tyseley to Snow Hill and south of Bearley North Junction to Pebworth - which was the last station within Warwickshire - to provide a coherent route. This reflects the reality that the route from Snow Hill or Moor Street to Pebworth and beyond was in fact made up of four routes built by different companies over a period of fifty-five years.

From Snow Hill a passenger would travel to Tyseley on the Birmingham and Oxford Railway's mainline then at Tyseley their train would be carried over the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway's line to Bearley North Junction where it would join the Stratford Railway Company's branch from Hatton to Stratford upon Avon and finally from Stratford-on-Avon they would travel south on the former branch of the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway's to Honeybourne now upgraded with doubled track. As with many other railway initiatives the origins of the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway lay with local landowners and merchants seeking to provide a route that would provide benefit to their commercial interests. Originally it was conceived as being a route from a new terminus to be built at Moor Street to Stratford upon Avon from where it would have running rights to traverse over the GWR's line to Honeybourne.

Robert Ferris has been researching the route and has unearthed the following contemporary articles. For information on the West of England route through Warwickshire see the article on 'The North Warwickshire Line' by Harold D Smith first printed in the Great Western Railway Magazine in January 1908 and the 'Doubling of the Stratford-on-Avon Branch' by G H Mackillop again from the Great Western Railway Magazine but their April 1908 edition. In addition, the GWR, as with all the railway companies, extensively promoted places to visit by their railway services and Stratford upon Avon and other areas within Warwickshire were no exception. Robert Ferris has transcribed some extracts from contemporary GWR books and these can be read by visiting the link to the GWR Publicity page below.

History of the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway The Doubling of the Stratford-on-Avon Branch
North Warwickshire Line Route Map GWR Publicity

Select a station or subheading to view associated images. The numbers in brackets specify the number of photos on each page.

Route commences at Honeybourne

Pebworth Halt [3]
Long Marston [33]
Milcote [25]
Chambers Crossing Halt [None known to exist]
Stratford-on-Avon Race Course Platform [22]
Sancta Lane [17]
Evesham Road Crossing Halte (sic)[11]
Stratford upon Avon (GWR):
Station [100]
Shed [16]
Wilmcote [24]
Bearley East, North and West Junctions [49]
Wootton Wawen [8]
Henley in Arden
Original Branch Line Station [37]
Shed [6]
New Station [46]
Danzey for Tanworth [17]
Wood End [12]
The Lakes Halt [7]
Earlswood Lakes [13]
Grimes Hill & Wythall [14]
Whitlocks End Halt [8]
Shirley [21]
Yardley Wood [15]
Hall Green [19]
Spring Road [10]
Tyseley:
Station [75]
Shed [121]
Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) and Singer Motors [8]
Small Heath [19]
Bordesley
Station [48]
Shed [3]
Moor Street [99]
Birmingham Snow Hill [365]

History of the Birmingham and North Warwickshire Railway The Doubling of the Stratford-on-Avon Branch
North Warwickshire Line Route Map GWR Publicity