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Evesham (Worcestershire)

LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham

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Brief overview of Evesham Midland Station

The Midland Railway's station at Evesham was the sited at the end of the single line route from Redditch, the line being built with double tracks for the portion of the route running from Evesham to Ashchurch. The Great Western Railway also ran into Evesham and together the two railways helped to increase the prosperity of the area by being able to transport produce to markets otherwise too distant. In particular the competition between the two was such that producers noted that where their goods had to pass over other companies rails the cost of transportation was significantly higher. As the Midland line from Redditch approached Evesham it crossed the GWR line from Worcester to Oxford and then became two tracks as it ran into the station, which was adjacent to the GWR station. The line then continued as double track to Ashchurch curving away from the GWR route and then crossed the River Avon. Whilst the GWR facilities were adjacent to its station the Midland's were primarily to the south following further expansion.

The goods yard could hold 110 vehicles whilst the marshalling yards could hold a further 97 vehicles. The facilities at the goods yard were sufficient to handle significant amounts of agricultural produce in addition to furniture vans, carriages, portable engines, machines on wheels, livestock, horseboxes aided where required by a five ton crane. Inward traffic also included coal for both industrial and domestic use as well as fertilisers, large tree trunks for the Saw Mill. Evesham had a two road engine shed opened circa 1870 with entry via a single track that crossed the 42ft diameter turntable. There was fifty yards of track outside for storing locomotives together with room for two inside the shed. Initially the terminus for the line to Ashchurch the station saw the route extended within two years to Redditch. The first signal box was opened before 1st November 1875 and closed on 23rd September 1890 with the opening of two new signal boxes, Evesham South replacing the original box and Evesham North which was a new signal box.

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Views of Evesham Midland station

A late British Railways view of the exterior and forecourt of Evesham station which was located on the up platform
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RJ Essery
A late British Railways view of the exterior and forecourt of Evesham station which was located on the up platform
View of the road side elevation of the now closed Evesham Midland Station as seen on 11th August 1976
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P Hackney
View of the road side elevation of the now closed Evesham Midland Station as seen on 11th August 1976
View of the road side elevation of the now closed Evesham Midland Station as seen on 11th August 1976
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P Hackney
View of the platform elevation of the now closed Evesham Midland Station as seen on 11th August 1976
View of Evesham station looking towards Ashchurch after the 1904 alterations have occurred
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RJ Essery
View of Evesham station looking towards Ashchurch after the 1904 alterations have occurred
Evesham station looking towards Redditch and the platform where the 'Beckford' trip working was made up
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RJ Essery
Evesham station looking towards Redditch and the platform where the 'Beckford' trip working was made up

A view looking north towards Redditch along Evesham station's up platform in 1962
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Lens of Sutton
A view looking north towards Redditch along Evesham station's up platform circa 1962
Looking towards Redditch in BR days with the station looking little different to scenes from the 1920s
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RJ Essery
Looking towards Redditch in BR days with the station looking little different to scenes from the 1920s
Looking East along Evesham station's down platform towards Redditch on 13th November 1962
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DJ Norton
Looking East along Evesham station's down platform towards Redditch on 13th November 1962
Looking towards Ashchurch with an unknown MR 0-6-0 standing at the head of a up local passenger service
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Lens of Sutton
Looking south towards Ashchurch with the goods yard and siding on the left and the station building on the right
Looking West along Evesham station's down platform towards Ashchurch on 13th November 1962
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DJ Norton
Looking West along Evesham station's down platform towards Ashchurch on 13th November 1962

View looking from High Street over bridge looking West towards Ashchurch on 13th November 1962
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DJ Norton
View looking from High Street over bridge looking West towards Ashchurch on 13th November 1962

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Evesham Station's Goods Yard and sidings

Looking towards Redditch with what appears to be two horseboxes on the transfer road to the GWR goods yard
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RJ Essery
Looking towards Redditch with what appears to be two horseboxes on the transfer road to the GWR goods yard
Close up showing both the 1890 and 1934 signal boxes which lay to the south of the down platform
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RJ Essery
Close up showing both the 1890 and 1934 signal boxes which lay to the south of the down platform
Close up showing the fence which marked the boundary between the MR and GWR stations and goods yard
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RJ Essery
Close up showing the fence which marked the boundary between the MR and GWR stations and goods yard
Looking towards Redditch with a local passenger train to Aschurch passing the old signal box
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Anon
Looking towards Redditch with a local passenger train to Aschurch passing the old signal box
LMS 2-6-0 Ivatt Mogul No 43046 is about to couple to the train it has worked in from Birmingham
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M Mensing
LMS 2-6-0 Ivatt Mogul No 43046 is about to couple to the train it has worked in from Birmingham

Close up showing the GWR's station's goods yard which included a landing dock and fixed hand operated crane
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M Mensing
Close up showing the GWR's station's goods yard which included a landing dock and fixed hand operated crane
Close up showing the large number of ventilated vans employed to carry the farm produce from Evesham
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the large number of ventilated vans employed to carry the farm produce from Evesham

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Miscellaneous views

A view of the viaduct which carried the Aschurch to Evesham line over the River Avon with the GWR shed in background
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VR Anderson
The viaduct which carried the Aschurch to Evesham line over the River Avon with the GWR shed in background
View of the southern approaches from Ashchurch with LMS 2-6-0 No 43046 bringing forward empty coaching stock
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JM Tolson
The southern approaches from Ashchurch with LMS 2-6-0 No 43046 bringing forward empty coaching stock
Another view of the turntable which was located adjacent to the Saw Mill with Briar Close Lane in background
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RJ Essery
Another view of the turntable which was located adjacent to the Saw Mill with Briar Close Lane in background
View of the turntable and inspection pit which was still in use despite the closure of shed in 1931
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RJ Essery
View of the turntable and inspection pit which was still in use despite the closure of shed in 1931

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Locomotives and trains seen at or near Evesham Midland station

Looking towards Ashchurch with an unknown MR 0-6-0 standing at the head of a up local passenger service
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RJ Essery
Looking towards Ashchurch with an unknown MR 0-6-0 standing at the head of a up local passenger service
MR 1P Johnson 0-4-4T No 1353 is seen having just worked a Ashchurch to Evesham goods train
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WA Camwell
MR 1P Johnson 0-4-4T No 1353 is seen having just worked a Ashchurch to Evesham goods train
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42421 stands at the head of a down train comprised of Period III LMS coaching stock
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M Mensing
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 42421 stands at the head of a down train comprised of Period III LMS coaching stock
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42416 arrives at Evesham with the 2 55pm from Redditch to Ashchurch local passenger service
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42416 arrives with the 2:55pm from Redditch to Ashchurch local passenger service
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42416 is seen on the return working, the 4 30pm Ashchurch  to Redditch passenger train
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42416 is seen on the return working, the 4 30pm Ashchurch to Redditch passenger train

Ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43940 is seen on a nine van 'Beckford' working with the train						set to reverse into the sidings
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Rev AWV Mace
Ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43940 is seen on a nine van 'Beckford' working with the train set to reverse into the sidings
LMS 2-6-0  Mogul No 42790 is still carrying a fitted freight headcode despite being a light engine
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HC Casserley
LMS 2-6-0 Mogul No 42790 is still carrying a fitted freight headcode despite being a light engine
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42421 heads the 11:38 am from Redditch to Askchurch and is seen topping up its water
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G Skelsey
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4P No 42421 heads the 11:38 am from Redditch to Askchurch and is seen topping up its water
An unidentified ex-GWR 0-6-0PT stands at Evesham with a single coach on a down service from New Street to Ashchurch in October 1962
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JM Cramp
An ex-GWR 0-6-0PT stands at Evesham with a single coach on a down service from New Street to Ashchurch
Looking towards Ashchurch with an unknown MR 0-6-0 standing at the head of a up local passenger service
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JM Cramp
Another view of the ex-GWR 0-6-0PT standing at Evesham on a down service from New Street to Ashchurch

Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT No 4614 passes through the station on the 1:15pm Ashchurch to New Street service on 1st June 1963
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RS Carpenter
Ex-GWR 0-6-0PT No 4614 passes through the station on the 1:15pm Ashchurch to New Street service

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Wagons dedicated to Evesham station traffic

One of the six experimental fruit vans specifically for Evesham traffic ordered by the LMS in 1945
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British Railways
One of the six experimental fruit vans specifically for Evesham traffic ordered by the LMS in 1945
WH Wallis & Company's 8 ton open wagon after rebuilding by the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company
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HMRS
WH Wallis & Company's 8 ton open wagon after rebuilding by the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company
Messrs H Burlingham & Co coal wagon No 35 built in 1896 by the GRC&WC and registered by the GWR
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RJ Essery
Messrs H Burlingham & Co coal wagon No 35 built in 1896 by the GRC&WC and registered by the GWR
Messrs Richard White coal wagon No 50 built in 1898 by the GRC&WC and registered by the GWR
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RJ Essery
Messrs Richard White coal wagon No 50 built in 1898 by the GRC&WC and registered by the GWR

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Schematic and Ordnance Survey maps of Evesham Midland Station

The 1890 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the installation of two new signal boxes
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AE Overton
The 1890 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the installation of two new signal boxes
The 1904 schematic of the signalling diagram showing the removal of the goods yard connections to the main lines
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AE Overton
The 1904 schematic of the signalling diagram showing the removal of the goods yard connections to the main lines
The 1905 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the changes to the goods yard and up loop
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AE Overton
The 1905 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the changes to the goods yard and up loop
The 1906 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the changes to the Ashchurch end of the station
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AE Overton
The 1906 schematic drawing of the signalling diagram showing the changes to the Ashchurch end of the station
The 1904 Ordnance Survey map showing the two stations and the approaches from Alcester and Oxford
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Ordnance Survey
The 1904 Ordnance Survey map showing the two stations and the approaches from Alcester and Oxford

Close up of the layout of the station prior to the 1905 connection being made at the Redditch end of the station
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Ordnance Survey
Close up of the layout of the station prior to the 1905 connection being made at the Redditch end of the station
An early 1930s LMS schematic diagram showing the final arrangement of Evesham Midland station
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RJ Essery
An early 1930s LMS schematic diagram showing the final arrangement of Evesham Midland station
Schematic drawing showing the juxtaposition of the Midland and Great Western stations at Evesham
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GT Goode
Schematic drawing showing the juxtaposition of the Midland and Great Western stations at Evesham

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