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Atherstone Station

LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

Atherstone station was opened by the London and North-Western Railway at the same time as the Trent Valley line was opened in 1847. The line had been originally scheduled to be opened on 26th June 1847 but as with Polesworth, a faulty bridge design over the River Tame at Tamworth followed by the strengthening of a further five bridges along the route, resulted in the line opening in stages. The line through Atherstone, which was exactly 102 miles from Euston, was opened 15th September 1847 with two local passenger services each way and through goods trains only. The Trent Valley line fully opened on 1st December 1847 which was the same day that Greenwich Mean Time was adopted throughout the LNWR. Located between Polesworth and Nuneaton, Atherstone was originally built with two tracks passing through the station. During the 19th century periodic additions were made to the layout the most notable being the lengthening of the up platform and enlarging of the up goods yard in 1887.

The main station building was located on the up line and was retained when the line was quadrupled between Tamworth and Atherstone opening on 1st July 1901. The level crossing which carried the A5 over the railway, lay immediately to the north of the station and was a bone of contention between Warwickshire County Council and the LNWR resulting in the former obtaining an injunction to prevent trains passing over the level crossing at speeds above 4 mph. The LNWR subsequently built an overbridge which opened in September 1903. The original signal cabin was swept away together with the down platform during the quadrupling of the line to Tamworth. The replacement signal cabin was elevated above and between the up and down lines being supported centrally by a row of steel columns and braced from the down platform canopy by several lattice girders. The Preston & Powell Hendry's state in their book on LMS stations that the signal cabin was unique 'in that its superstructure possessed the extended roof and barge boards of post-1904 LNWR designs but also included the shallower windows reminiscent of earlier designs. Another unusual aspect of the station was the short awning on the up platform. The columns supporting the awning was very close to the platform edge, well inside the regulation minimum six foot and inconveniently very close together. As was the case across the country, post-Second World War railway goods traffic decreased rapidly in the face of the competition from road transport. This resulted in Atherstone station's goods yard closing in May 1964 and whilst the station remains open, it has been an staffed halt since 2nd October 1972.

A contemporary drawing showing the exterior of Atherstone station as seen when first opened
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Anon
A contemporary drawing showing the exterior of Atherstone station as first seen when it opened in 1847
External view of Atherstone station showing the original Livock structure which was Elizabethan or Jacobean in style
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LGRP
Vew of Atherstone station showing the Livock structure which was Elizabethan or Jacobean in style
View looking towards Stafford showing Watling Street level crossing and the original signal cabin on the left
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WoW
View looking towards Stafford showing Watling Street level crossing and the original signal cabin on the left
Looking towards Rugby across the level crossing as the down Irish Mail passes Atherstone's Signal Box prior to the quadrupling of the line
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Postcard
Looking towards Rugby across the level crossing as the down Irish Mail passes Atherstone's Signal Cabin
View of Atherstone station looking towards Tamworth with the up goods yard on the right
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LNWR Society
View of Atherstone station looking towards Tamworth with the up goods yard on the right on 9th April 1960

Looking towards Rugby from Watling Street bridge showing the quadrupling of the lines still under construction adjacent to the new down platform
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Postcard
Looking towards Rugby from Watling Street bridge showing the quadrupling of the lines still under construction
Close up showing part of Atherstone's goods yard and shed on the left and the incomplete lines adjacent to the new down platform
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Postcard
Close up of part of the goods yard and shed on the left and the incomplete lines adjacent to the new down platform
View of Atherstone station looking in the direction of Rugby with the original station building still evident on the left
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HC Casserley
Looking in the direction of Rugby showing Atherstone station and the original station building on the left
Close up showing the original 1847 Trent Valley Railway station building and platform complete with Livock's platform canopy
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HC Casserley
Close up of the original 1847 station building and platform complete with Livock's platform canopy
Close up showing the replacement down platform built in the early 20th century when the line was quadrupled between Atherstone and Nuneaton
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HC Casserley
Close up of the replacement down platform built in the early 20th century when the line was quadrupled

View looking towards Stafford showing the entrance to Atherstone's Signal Box and part of the down platform on the left
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Powell-Hendry
View looking towards Stafford showing the entrance to Atherstone's Signal Cabin and part of the down platform
An aerial view of the station with the down platform and Coventry canal nearest to the camera
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Britain from Above
An aerial view of the station with the down platform and Coventry canal nearest to the camera
LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6111 'Royal Fusilier' is seen at the head of the down 'Mid-day Scot' with a train of ex-LNWR and early LMS coaching stock
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Britain from Above
An aerial view showing the station with the bridge carrying the A5 over the railway on the left
Aerial view of Atherstone showing part of the station and the now demolished goods shed and yard after electrification
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WoW
Aerial view of Atherstone showing part of the station and the now demolished goods shed and yard
View of Atherstone station after electrification of the route showing the original Livock designed building but with new platform canopy
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WoW
View of Atherstone station after electrification showing the original Livock building but with new platform canopy

An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' is seen at the head of an up express train  as it approaches Atherstone station
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An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' is seen at the head of an up express train as it approaches Atherstone station
An unknown ex-LNWR 0-6-0 goods engine is running wrong road during the replacement of an overbridge
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J Alsop
An unknown ex-LNWR 0-6-0 goods engine is running wrong road during the replacement of an overbridge
Close up of the unidentified 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' locomotive standing wrong road blowing off steam
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J Alsop
Close up of the unidentified 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' locomotive standing wrong road blowing off steam
Close up showing the small rail mounted crane being used to lift the beams into placefrom the adjacent train
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J Alsop
Close up showing the small rail mounted crane being used to lift the beams into placefrom the adjacent train
View of Baddesley Colliery showing manager's house, engine shed, steam engine and pump house and shaft together with sidings
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View of Baddesley Colliery's managers house, engine shed, steam engine, pump house, shaft and sidings

Another but later view of Baddesley Colliery showing the mine's extensive buildings and Midland Railway open wagons in the sidings in front of the engine shed
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Later view showing the mine's extensive buildings and MR open wagons in the sidings in front of the engine shed

Locomotives seen at or near Atherstone station

LNWR 4-6-0 2P Experiment class No 496 'Harlequin' is seen at the head of an up Stafford to Rugby local passenger train near Atherstone
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HL Salmon
LNWR 4-6-0 2P Experiment class No 496 'Harlequin' at the head of an up Stafford to Rugby local passenger train
LNWR 0-8-0 No 2562 is seen at the head of a long up mixed goods train travelling on the fast line near Atherstone
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HL Salmon
LNWR 0-8-0 7 F No 2562 is at the head of a long up goods train travelling on the fast line near Atherstone
LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6109 'Royal Engineer' is seen at the head of the fourteen coach up Manxman near Atherstone in May 1928
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LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6109 'Royal Engineer' at the head of the up Manxman near Atherstone in May 1928
LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 6111 'Royal Fusilier' is seen at the head of the down 'Mid-day Scot' with a train of ex-LNWR and early LMS coaching stock
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LMS 4-6-0 No 6111 'Royal Fusilier' on the down 'Mid-day Scot' with a train of ex-LNWR and early LMS coaching stock
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP Patriot class No 45515 'Caernavon' is seen at the head of an up express service near Atherstone on 15th August 1959
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Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP Patriot class No 45515 'Caernavon' at the head of an up express near Atherstone

Ex-LMS 'Horwich Crab' 2-6-0 No 42811 is seen near Atherstone on a down fast freight service
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B Brooksbank
Ex-LMS 6P5F 'Horwich Crab'
2-6-0 No 42811 is seen approaching Atherstone on a down fast freight service
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 45737 'Atlas' is seen waiting to depart on the 11 45am Liverpool to Rugby semi-fast express service
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Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 45737 'Atlas' waiting to depart on the 11 45am Liverpool to Rugby semi-fast express

Schematic plans and maps of Atherstone station and adjacent sidings

View of layout of the connection between Baddersley Colliery Sidings and the Trent Valley line
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P Lee
View of the layout of the connection between Baddersley Colliery Sidings and the Trent Valley Railway
Stage work plan produced in September 1909 showing the old down platform now replaced by a new platform two tracks away
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Powell-Hendry
Stage work plan of September 1909 showing the old down platform replaced by a new platform two tracks away
A complete view of the 1887 plan of Athestone station prior to be quadrupled showing the level crossing, station, goods yard
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Powell-Hendry
A complete 1887 plan of Athestone station prior to be quadrupled showing the level crossing, station, goods yard
Close up of map showing the Stafford end of Atherstone station including the underpass adjacent to the level crossing
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Powell-Hendry
Close up of map showing the Stafford end of the station and the underpass adjacent to the level crossing
Close up of the approach at the Rugby end of Atherstone station showing the down refuge siding and entrance to goods yard
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Powell-Hendry
Close up of the approach at the Rugby end of the station and the down refuge siding and goods yard entrance

View of the original station layout showing the station. goods yard and shed together with the level crossing and underpass
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P Lee
The original station layout showing the station, goods yard and shed and the level crossing and underpass