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LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Foleshill Station

Foleshill railway station was opened on 2nd September 1850 by the LNWR and located in the northern part of Coventry, approximately 3 miles from the city centre, on the northern end of Lockhurst Lane in Holbrooks. From Coventry station, it was the next station after Daimler Halt and was sited just before Three Spires Junction. It was used extensively by commuters who travelled into the area to work at a number of the large factories built during the 1920s and 1930s. The station was to close on 18th January 1965.

The Station

Looking towards Nuneaton as an unidentified LNWR Webb 2-4-2T Radial tank runs in to the station at the head of a local passenger service
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C Maggs Collection
Looking towards Nuneaton as a LNWR Webb 2-4-2T Radial tank runs in to the station with a local passenger service
Close up showing Foleshill station's passenger facilities housing a general waiting room and a ladies waiting room on the down platform
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C Maggs Collection
Close up showing the station's general waiting room and ladies waiting room on the down platform
A view of Foleshill station looking towards the city centre showing the original level crossing and station buildings on the up platform
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Coventry Library Local Studies
Looking towards the city centre showing the original level crossing and station buildings on the up platform
Looking in the direction of the city centre, a view of the road over bridge erected in 1931 at a cost of 50,000 carrying Lockhurst Lane over the line
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Coventry Library Local Studies
Looking towards the city centre, a view of Lockhurst Lane over bridge erected in 1931 at a cost of £50,000
View of Foleshill station's main passenger buildings, still in its LMS corporate livery, and dominated by the Lockhurst Lane road bridge
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Lens of Sutton
The station's main passenger building, dominated by Lockhurst Lane bridge, still in its LMS corporate livery

Looking towards Nuneaton from the Coventry end of Foleshill station's up platform with the 1931 erected footbridge in the foreground
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Stations UK
Looking towards Nuneaton from the station's up platform with the footbridge, erected in 1931, in the foreground
Close up of the buildings on the down platform with the gentlemen's toilet sandwiched between the waiting rooms and the long shelter
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Stations UK
Close up of the down platform with the gentlemen's toilet next to the waiting rooms and the long open shelter
Looking from the Nuneaton end of the station towards Coventry along the down platform with the newsagents kiosk on the left
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry along the down platform with the newsagents kiosk on the left circa late 1950s
Close up of Foleshill station's up platform passenger shelter with news agent kiosk, brick built gentlemen's toilets and two timber huts
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the station's up platform and newsagent's kiosk, brick built gentlemen's toilets and two timber huts

Close up showing the Nuneaton end of Foleshill station with the goods yard located on the left beyond Lockhurst Lane bridge
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the Nuneaton end of Foleshill station with the goods yard located on the left beyond the bridge

Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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Anon
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Rd estate on the right
Close up showing the waist height passenger footbridge as well as details relating to the platform's accommodation
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Anon
Close up showing the waist height passenger footbridge as well as details relating to the platform's accommodation
Looking towards Coventry from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry from the bridge with, on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
Looking towards Coventry from a DMU with Campton & Sons premises on the left and the down passing loop and munition sidings on the right
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G Coltas
Looking towards Coventry from a DMU with Campton & Sons on the left and the down passing loop on the right
View of the Foleshill station's down platform filled with factory workers commuting to all stations along the branch to Nuneaton
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
View of the down platform filled with factory workers commuting to all stations along the branch to Nuneaton

Foleshill Goods Yard and Sidings

Foleshill Station's goods yard looking rather empty reflecting the decline in traffic in the late 1950s and early 1960s
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M Rutherford
Foleshill Station's goods yard looking rather empty reflecting the decline in traffic in the late 1950s early 1960s
Close up showing mainly coal wagons standing in Foleshill goods yard with the Station Hotel and Lockhurst Lane in the background
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M Mensing
Close up showing mainly coal wagons standing in the goods yard with Lockhurst Lane in the background
Close up showing a number of timber and steel wagons standing fully loaded with coal on most of Foleshill station's six sidings
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Anon
Close up showing a number of timber and steel wagons fully loaded with coal on most of Foleshill station's six sidings
Close up of the coal stacking areas seen behind the wagons and located against the boundary wall of Campton & Sons Ltd's factory
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AW Flowers
Close up of the coal stacking areas located against the boundary wall of Campton & Sons Ltd's factory
Looking towards Coventry from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
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Anon
Close up showing the station's goods yard, now empty and therefore allowing a clear view of the yard's layout

Close up showing primarily BR steel wagons in Foleshill goods yard with Shanks & Sons works in the background on Lockhurst Lane
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M Mensing
Close up showing primarily BR steel wagons in Foleshill goods yard with Shanks & Sons works in the background
Close up showing Foleshill goods yard's coal stacks which were formed by erecting worn out up ended railway sleepers as the walls
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M Mensing
Close up of Foleshill goods yard's coal stacks which were formed by using up ended railway sleepers as the walls

Locomotives seen at or near Foleshill Station

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48686 is seen running tender first whilst at the head of a Nuneaton bound train of empty oil tank wagons
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48686, running tender first, at the head of a Nuneaton bound train of empty oil tank wagons
LMS railway photo
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M Mensing
Another view of No 48686 in charge of the train of oil tank wagons, the first four being fitted with a pair of bogies
Looking towards Nuneaton as English Electric Type 4 No D339 passes the former site of Foleshill goods yard which has now been fenced off
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J Hyde
English Electric Type 4 No D339 passes the former site of Foleshill goods yard which has now been fenced off
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No 41322 is seen on a two-coach auto fitted Nuneaton to Leamington local passenger service
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Anon
BR built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T
No 41322, auto fitted, on a Nuneaton to Leamington two coach local passenger service
View of the Daimler Motor Company's 0-4-0ST 'Daimler' at the head of a train of specially built wagons exiting the factory's sidings
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LMS Photograph
Daimler Motor Company's
0-4-0ST 'Daimler' heads a train of specially built wagons exiting the factory's sidings

British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75063 passes Campton & Sons works as it approaches the station on a local service
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AW Flowers
BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75063 passes Campton & Sons works as it approaches the station on a local service
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No 46446 is seen pulling out of Foleshill station's goods yard at the head of train of oil tanks
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AW Flowers
BR built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0
No 46446 is seen pulling out of the station's goods yard at the head of train of oil tanks
Ex-L & Y 0-4-0ST 'Pug' No 51204 is seen working the Dunlop sidings to the south of Foleshill station circa 1958
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Anon
Ex-L & Y 0-4-0ST 'Pug' No 51204 is seen working the Dunlop sidings to the south of Foleshill station circa 1958
A Metro Cammel two-car DMU unit has just passed the former Munitions Sidings as it approaches Foleshill station on a local Nuneaton service
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M Mensing
A Metro Cammel two-car DMU unit passes the former Munitions Sidings as it approaches Foleshill station
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 49439' is seen at the head of of a northbound freight as it passes the down refuge loop and munitions sidings
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M Mensing
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 49439' is seen at the head of of a northbound freight as it passes the down refuge loop

Close up showing Foleshill Station Signal Box which was situated beneath Lockhurst Lane overbridge and on the down line
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J Hyde
Close up of Foleshill Station Signal Box which was situated on the down line beneath Lockhurst Lane overbridge
British Railways Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73003 is standing at the up platform with a local passenger service to Coventry
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AW Flowers
BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73003 is standing at the up platform with a local passenger service to Coventry
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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P Riley
BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0
No 75011 on the 5:10pm Coventry to Nuneaton service by passes Webster sidings
British Railways built Fairburn 4MT 2-6-4T No 42062 passes Foleshill goods yard with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger service
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AW Flowers
BR built 4MT 2-6-4T No 42062 passes Foleshill goods yard with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger service
LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 109 passes Foleshill goods yard whilst at the head of a four coach Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service
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AW Flowers
LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 109 passes the goods yard at the head of a Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service

Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3725, having come off the rails adjacent to Compton and Sons factory, awaits the breakdown gang
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P Lee
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3725, having come off the rails by Compton and Sons factory, awaits the breakdown gang
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 is seen entering Foleshill station on an down local passenger service
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Anon
BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 is seen entering Foleshill station on an down local passenger service
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
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Anon
BR 4MT 4-6-0No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
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Anon
BR 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
A Park Royal DMU comes to a halt at Foleshill station on 7:10 pm Nuneaton to Leamington Avenue local service
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M Mensing
A Park Royal DMU comes to a halt at the station on 7:10 pm Nuneaton to Leamington Avenue local service

Ordnance Survey Maps, Trackplans and Schematic Drawings

An 1888 Ordnance Survey map showing mainly countryside where the Foleshill Railway was later to be built
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National Library of Scotland
An 1888 Ordnance Survey map showing mainly countryside where the Foleshill Railway was later to be built

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National Library of Scotland
An 1902 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
An 1912 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
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National Library of Scotland
An 1912 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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National Library of Scotland
An 1936 OS map showing Foleshill Station and a goods yard has been expanded both with a seventh siding
Diagram of the various sidings and connections along the Coventry and Nuneaton branch from Courtaulds to Three Spires Junction
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Anon
Diagram of the various sidings and connections along the branch from Courtaulds to Three Spires Junction

A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the goods shed and two sets of sidings adjacent to Foleshill station
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the goods shed and two sets of sidings adjacent to Foleshill station
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

Rob Rankin remembers, 'I worked at Foleshill Station in 1959 to 1961. Mr Palmer was the Station Master and I worked with Mrs Hazelton, Bobby Cameron was the ticket clerk and Ernie Hill was the signalman. I also went to Coundon Road station to help out for a hour a day and to Daimler Halt to issue tickets in the morning because it was unmanned. My duties started at 4:30am and I had to open up, light fires in both waiting rooms and get the rest of station ready and clean. Mrs H and I would do the station's flower beds (we did win best looking flower beds once, which I'm quite proud about). I also cleaned, refilled and trimmed the wicks on the signals at the station. Also, on the odd occasion I would help out at Hawkesbury Lane Station. When working as a porter on the late shift, I would see passengers leaving to go home from the many factories near by. Also, there was a very active goods yard. When I finished early shifts, I would go up the signal box and learn a bit about signaling from Ernie. Lovely memories - best job ever'.