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Kineton Station

LMS Route: The Shakespeare Route

Kineton Station was opened on 1st June 1871 and for two years was the temporary terminus for the Blisworth - Kineton route. On 1st July 1873 the line to Stratford upon Avon was opened but within a few years the route closed to passenger traffic due to the low volume of traffic. The rural nature of the route without much of a population living along the line was the reason and it wasn't until the extension from Stratford upon Avon to Broom opened that a passenger service returned. Passenger services were therefore suspended from 31st July 1877 until 22nd March 1885 although the initial service of six daily trains had by 1876 been reduced to two in each direction. The traffic through Kineton had a fillip with the opening of the GCR which offered residents of Stratford upon Avon a shorter and quicker route than via the GWR. Passenger services at Kineton were finally withdrawn on 7th April 1952 whilst goods services at the station lasted until 11th November 1963 with all through services being withdrawn officially in 1966.

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The arrival of the first train at Kineton where the train temporarily terminated at Kineton
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C Maggs
The arrival at Kineton of the first ever East West Railway train from Blisworth where the train temporarily terminated
An early 1900s view of Kineton station as a train from Fenny Compton is seen passing under the road bridge
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Postcard
An early 1900s view of Kineton station as a train from Fenny Compton is seen passing under the road bridge
Close up showing Kineton station's main station building in its E&WJR colour scheme and condition
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Postcard
Close up showing Kineton station's main station building in its E&WJR colour scheme and condition
Close up showing Kineton station's main station building in its E&WJR colour scheme and condition
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Postcard
Close up showing Kineton station's main station building in its E&WJR colour scheme and condition
SMJ 2-4-0T No 5 on a Woodford & Hinton passenger train with a SMJ horse box and two GCR carriages
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SMJ 2-4-0T No 5 on a Woodford & Hinton passenger train with a SMJ horse box and two GCR carriages

Close up of activity on the down line behind the train and in the immediate area of the goods yard
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A Jordan
Close up of activity on the down line behind the train and in the immediate area of the goods yard
View looking towards Fenny Compton showing the extended platforms and the signal box on the left
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View looking towards Fenny Compton showing the extended platforms and the signal box on the left
Close up showing the larger replacement passenger waiting room provided by the SMJ on the up platform
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the larger replacement passenger waiting room provided by the SMJ on the up platform
Close up of tKineton station's main passenger building which housed the booking office and waiting rooms
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Close up of tKineton station's main passenger building which housed the booking office and waiting rooms
Looking towards Fenny Compton and Wellesbourne road bridge with the main station building to the right
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Looking towards Fenny Compton and Wellesbourne road bridge with the main station building to the right

Close up showing the up platform's waiting room and behind, the pathway from Wellesbourne road bridge
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the up platform's waiting room and behind, the pathway from Wellesbourne road bridge
Close up of Kineton station's main passenger building which housed the booking office and waiting rooms
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of Kineton station's main passenger building which housed the booking office and waiting rooms
View of the exterior of Kineton's main station passenger building as seen from the station approach
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View of the exterior of Kineton's main station passenger building as seen from the station approach
View from the cattle dock siding to Kineton signal box which was built when the two platforms were extended
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View from the cattle dock siding to Kineton signal box which was built when the two platforms were extended
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the goods yard on the left in the distance
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the goods yard on the left in the distance

Close up showing the goods shed and coal yard that was situated behind the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the goods shed and coal yard that was situated behind the down platform
Close up showing the siding which was resident to the Permanent Way gang's petrol powered trolley
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the siding which was resident to the Permanent Way gang's petrol powered trolley
Close up showing the up platform's waiting room which replaced an earlier and smaller structure
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the up platform's waiting room which replaced an earlier and smaller structure
View of Kineton station looking towards Fenny Compton with vans stabled on the head shunt in the distance
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View of Kineton station looking towards Fenny Compton with vans stabled on the head shunt in the distance
View of Kineton station taken from Wellesbourne Road bridge showing Kineton station's large goods yard
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View of Kineton station taken from Wellesbourne Road bridge showing Kineton station's large goods yard

View of Kineton station's goods yard that lay behind the up platform showing a wagon stabled on the siding
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A Vaughan
View of Kineton station's goods yard that lay behind the up platform showing a wagon stabled on the siding
View along tracks looking to Fenny Compton with the platforms removed to assist in track renewal
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View along tracks looking to Fenny Compton with the platforms removed to assist in track renewal
Close up of Kineton signal box still operational after the station's closure to passengers and goods
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of Kineton signal box still operational after the station's closure to passengers and goods
Close up showing the remains of the cattle dock and the cut back down platform of the derelict station structure
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the remains of the cattle dock and the cut back down platform of the derelict station structure
A later view looking towards Stratford on Avon showing the station after closure with the platforms removed
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A later view looking towards Stratford on Avon showing the station after closure with the platforms removed

View showing Kineton signal box with its rather unusual extensions to either side of the main structure
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Lens of Sutton
View showing Kineton signal box with its rather unusual extensions to either side of the main structure
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with platforms cut back and the station in disrepair
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with platforms cut back and the station in disrepair
Close up showing Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building which stood on the down platform
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building which stood on the down platform
Close up showing the layout of the trackwork adjacent to Kineton station's goods yard and signal box
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the layout of the trackwork adjacent to Kineton station's goods yard and signal box
View of Kineton station's derelict goods shed and the former track bed of the SMJ on the right
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R Hopkins
View of Kineton station's derelict goods shed and the former track bed of the SMJ on the right

A close up view of Kineton station's goods shed showing the arched windows and the platform inside the shed
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R Hopkins
A close up view of Kineton station's goods shed showing the arched windows and the platform inside the shed
View taken from the small goods yard of Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building
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View taken from the small goods yard of Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building
Ordance Survey map showing the location of the station to the villages of Kineton and Little Kineton
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Ordance Survey
Ordance Survey map showing the location of the station to the villages of Kineton and Little Kineton