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Daimler Halt

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Daimler Halt was opened soley for the benefit of the Daimler Motor Company. In March 1917 its opening was announced by a local newspaper as follows:

"Realising the inconvenience occasioned to their employees in the absence of any railway station in close proximity to their works, the Daimler Company have arranged with the London North western Railway Company for the construction of a "Daimler Halt" at Sandy Lane on the Coventry - Nuneaton line. This halt is now approaching completion and will be open for traffic on Monday March 19th 1917. The platforms are 300 feet long. It will be reserved exclusively for the use of employees of the Daimler Company, and will not be open to the general public."

Records show that the station actually opened on 12th March and it served the Daimler Company for 48 years. Parts of the platform could still be seen into the 1980s. Apart from a rain shelter on either platform, there were no station buildings other than a ticket collector's hut at the steps leading down from Sandy Lane Road Bridge. It is not generally known that a short branch line ran from a point near the Coventry end of the station to the Coventry Cotton Mill which was situated next to the Coventry Canal and which opened in 1861. The Cotton Mill employed 400 people but was destroyed by fire in 1890, never to re-open. By 1896 the building was occupied by the Great Horseless Carriage Co and it was, in fact, the birthplace of the motor industry in Coventry. The branch was therefore known at various times as the Coventry Cotton Mill branch, the Widdrington Branch (the Rev. S H Widdrington, vicar of St. Michael's Church, was mainly responsible for financing the mill to provide work for people redundant from the declining ribbon trade), the Motor Mills branch and the Daimler Works branch, was in use and worked by the LNWR locomotives until the First World War. In fact the track was probably lifted shortly before Daimler Halt was built. The line crossed Sandy Lane by a level crossing. The crossing keeper's cottage still stands in Sandy Lane.

RW Kimber

LMS railway photo
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Anon
View of Daimler Halt looking along the up platform towards Sandy Lane road bridge and Nuneaton in the early 1960s
View of Daimler Halt with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger train standing at the up platform as passengers board
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Anon
View of Daimler Halt with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger train standing at the up platform as passengers board
Looking towards Coventry as a LNWR 2-4-2T is seen at the head of a Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service
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Coventry Libray Local Studies
Looking towards Coventry as a LNWR 2-4-2T is seen at the head of a Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service
LMS railway photo
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Anon
View of English Electric Type 4 1Co-Co1 D298 passing through the closed Halt on a diverted Euston to New Street express service
View of Daimler Halt with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger train standing at the up platform as passengers board
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Anon
View looking towards Coventry showing Daimler Halt during its very last days before it was closed to passenger services

Looking towards Coventry as a LNWR 2-4-2T is seen running bunker first on a Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service
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Ordance Survey
View of an Ordance Map showing the junction of the Nuneaton to Coventry branch line with Widdrington Siding

A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route from Nuneaton to Coventry plus the Loop Line
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route from Nuneaton to Coventry plus the Loop Line
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Nuneaton No 1 Signal Box and Coventry No 3 Signal Box
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map of the route between Nuneaton No 1 Signal Box and Coventry No 3 signal box