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LMS Route: The Shakespeare Route

One of the stations on the route from Blisworth to Stratford built by the East & West Junction Railway, Kineton Station was opened on 1st June 1871. It was for two years the temporary western terminus on the short section of the line which opened first, Fenny Compton to Kineton. On 1st July 1873 station lost its 'terminus' function when the line was extended to Stratford upon Avon. Unfortunately, due to the low volume of traffic being generated by the railway, within a few years the route had to close to passenger 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 to the line. 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 Passenger services at Kineton were finally withdrawn on 7th April 1952 whilst goods services at the station lasted until 11th November 1963 with all through services being withdrawn officially in 1966.

The station had two platforms with a passing loop serving the down platform (for Stratford upon Avon) for the otherwise single line. Being the first, albeit temporary, terminus of the E&WJR in 1871, Kineton can therefore claim to be the line's oldest complete station. The main building was built in brick in the E&WJR style with two gabled wings, one at either end of the building and a steep slated roof with stone lintels and jambs. Half way down the length of the up platform was a small store which probably was used as a lamp room as well as storing equipment and tools unsuited to be stored within the station (its to be noted that the diagram doesn't show a lamp room whereas this was a mandatory facility at all stations. Kineton's Signal Box was located on the down platform at the Stratford upon Avon end of the station, also on the platform was what is described as a 'Shelter' which perfectly describes a timber waiting room with the platform facing was mainly open to the elements. As seen in the post -1925 plan of the station, at the Stratford upon Avon end of the station on the up side was a Permanent Way Hut and Permanent Way Garage. The Permanent Way Garage was a storage facility for a velocipede type inspection car. We do not have a copy of the vehicle but a similar Great Western Railway velocipede inspection car can be seen in image 'gwrlr3018'.

Unusually, Kineton's goods facilities were laid out on both sides of the railway with the main facilities being along side the main passenger building on the up platform (for Fenny Compton). This yard was accessed off Warwick Road, the main route to Wellesbourne, and was to the south of the railway line. This yard originally had three sidings, two running at a slight oblique angle to the running line, the outer siding passing through the goods shed which was erected close to the running line, as seen in the 1884 OS map. The third siding ran more or less parallel to the running line and served a cattle dock located adjacent to the platform. By 1925 the yard had been subjected to alteration with one of the two sidings now being moved so that it too ran parallel to the main running line but was 'stopped' by a cattle pen erected to act as buffers to the siding. As seen in the post-1925 schematic drawing, the original siding running parallel to the running line now used this cattle pen to load or unload its livestock. A weighbridge and office was provided at the entrance to the yard. As was the case with most railway weighbridge facilities, this was open as a fee-paying service to the public at large. On the opposite side of the station was another goods yard. It was a simple affair in having just one siding, again leading off at an oblique angle, but with a head shunt of a similar length running parallel to the running line towards Stratford upon Avon.

For a modest station it had its share of important days when the Warwickshire Hunt met and horse boxes would abound in the station area, also with a special hound van. It was not exceptional on such days for the engine to be shunting for two hours at the station. Whilst the locality was known to be the home of a number of wealthy businessmen, this may have been one of the reasons that Kineton was the only stop for the Great Central Route through coach from Marylebone to Stratford upon Avon. Part of the Hunt's territory lies in the far-flung west of the county which explains why the SMJ bought a hound van from the Great Eastern Railway in 1909. This van together with a number of horse boxes is kept at Kineton and all are used to convey horses, riders and hounds to Broom Junction for meets in that area, when the inspector from Stratford-upon-Avon attends to supervise the loading and despatch of this important traffic.

In keeping with a tradition found on most all railways, the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway promoted initiatives to foster pride in their staff for their railway. One was for the best kept station which in 1912 Kineton station won first prize, with Towcester station placed second and Stratford-on-Avon achieving only a consolation prize. There was also a prize for the best kept length of track and (evidently conscious of the environment) one director presented a thousand trees to be planted along the line. In 1910, the Stratford upon Avon Herald carried a melodramatic story concerning a number of break-ins at booking offices in this area. One night, a signalman on duty at Kineton had his suspicions aroused by noises in the station buildings and when investigations showed that an attempted break-in had occurred at the booking office, the police were summoned. The following morning a man arrived at Fenny Compton station to board an Up train. In the words of the stationmaster, 'He was in a wet and dirty condition and looked as if he had been out all night'. The stationmaster phoned the Kineton police and delayed the departure of the train until Police Inspector Smith arrived to question the suspect, who was subsequently charged with 'stealing a screwdriver and pliers value one shilling from the Kineton booking office of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway'.

The Railway Clearing House's 1929 Handbook of Railway Stations states Kineton provided the general public and businesses with a full range of service: Goods traffic; Passenger and Parcels traffic; Furniture Vans, Carriages, Portable Engines, and Machines on Wheels; Live Stock; Horse Boxes and Prize Cattle Vans and Carriages by Passenger Train (GPFLHC). Whilst the 1925 schematic plan shows the goods shed being equipped with a one ton crane, the 1929 Handbook of Railway Stations states that a two ton hand-operated crane was provided provided in the goods shed, the same as the 1894 edition of the Railway Clearing House Handbook of Railway Stations. It can therefore be concluded the schematic plan is incorrect in its reference to the one ton crane facility. Whilst the Railway Clearing House's 1929 Handbook of Railway Stations did not provide information to the same detail as later editions, e.g. the number of categories listed, and only recorded (GPFL), its reasonable to assume that the same facilities recorded in 1929 were offered from the outset.

Much of the information provided on this and other linked pages has been derived from books written by: Arthur Jordan The Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway published by OPC; JM Dunn's The Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway published by The Oakwood Press; Messrs Preston Hendry & Powell Hendry in An Historical Survey of Selected LMS Stations Volume One published by OPC; RC Riley and Bill Simpson in their book A History of the Stratford-Upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway published by Lamplight Publications; David Blasgrove in his book 'Warwickshire's Lost Railways' published by Stenlake Publishing which has a brief illustrated overview of some of the stations; and finally Geoffrey Kingscott's Lost Railways of Warwickshire published by Countryside Books which has a section dedicated to the SMJR with 'Now and Then' photographs. We would like to express our thanks to the members of the SMJ Society (www.smj.me) for use of their information and images, in particular the late John Jennings whose contribution can be seen on many of our SMJ pages.

Kineton in E&WJR and SMJ Days

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 eclectic mix of people gather on the platform of Kineton station prior to the station being opened in 1871
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RC Riley
An eclectic mix of people gather on the platform of Kineton station prior to the station being opened
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
An 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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SW Newton
An SMJ 2-4-0T No 5 on a Woodford & Hinton passenger train with a SMJ horse box and two GCR carriages
Close up showing three SMJ carriages standing behind the Great Central coaches and a variety of wagons in the yard
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SW Newton
Close up showing three SMJ carriages standing behind the GCR coaches and a variety of wagons in the yard

Close up showing what appears to be an SMJ tank engine in the process of shunting a horse box into the yard
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SW Newton
Close up of what appears to be an SMJ tank engine in the process of shunting a horse box into the yard
View of Kineton station taken from Wellesbourne Road bridge showing Kineton station's large goods yard
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Postcard
View of Kineton station taken from Wellesbourne Road bridge showing Kineton station's large goods yard
Photograph of what is believed to be one of the original E&WJR signals erected at Kineton station
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RJ Essery
Photograph of what is believed to be one of the original E&WJR signals erected at Kineton station

Kineton in LMS & British Railways Days

View of the exterior of Kineton's main station passenger building as seen from the station approach
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Lens of Sutton
View of the exterior of Kineton's main station passenger building as seen from the station approach
View looking towards Fenny Compton showing the extended platforms and the signal box on the left
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Lens of Sutton
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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Lens of Sutton
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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Lens of Sutton
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 from the cattle dock siding to Kineton signal box which was built when the two platforms were extended
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Lens of Sutton
View from the cattle dock siding to Kineton signal box which was built when the two platforms were extended
Close up showing the standard LMS 'Running-in' board with the clerestory coach standing in the yard behind
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the standard LMS 'Running-in' board with the clerestory coach standing in the yard behind
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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Stations UK
Kineton station looking towards Fenny Compton with vans stabled on the head shunt in the distance
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

An elevated view showing Kineton's longer twin pavilion type structure complete with hipped roofs and ornamental eaves
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HN Twells
An elevated view showing Kineton's longer twin pavilion type structure with hipped roofs and ornamental eaves
Looking towards Wellesbourne Road bridge and beyond to Fenny Compton shortly after the station closed to passengers
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RC Riley
Looking towards Wellesbourne Road bridge and beyond to Fenny Compton after the station closed to passengers

After closure of Goods Traffic

View along tracks looking to Fenny Compton with the platforms removed to assist in track renewal
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Lens of Sutton
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
The boardwalk, steps and platform used by the signalman when exchanging the token with the engine crew
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Lens of Sutton
The boardwalk, steps and platform used by the signalman when exchanging the token with the engine crew
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
A colour view of Kineton station with the signalman's platform to exchange the token on the right
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J Cosford
A colour view of Kineton station with the signalman's platform to exchange the token on the right
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

View taken from the small goods yard of Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building
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A Sparrow
View taken from the small goods yard of Kineton station's abandoned main passenger building
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
Looking east towards Fenny Compton along the recently lifted track bed on 17th July 1966
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J Evans
Looking east towards Fenny Compton along the recently lifted track bed on 17th July 1966

Trains seen at or near Kineton

East of Kineton looking towards Burton Dassett on Boundary Farm road bridge as ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3698 passes beneath
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HC Casserley
East of Kineton looking tow Burton Dassett from a road bridge as ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3698 passes beneath
A pair of unidentified ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotives are seen clearing snow in Kineton station during the winter in early 1947
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Anon
A pair of unidentified ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 locomotives clearing snow in Kineton station during the winter in early 1947
The driver of ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44587 drifts towards signalman holding the staff from Fenny Compton to Kineton
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RC Riley
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44587 drifts towards signalman holding the staff from Fenny Compton to Kineton
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92055 proceeds through the remains of Kineton station during the early 1960s
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J Cosford
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92055 proceeds through the remains of Kineton station in the early 1960s
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92055 passes Kineton station with a train of iron ore wagons
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J Cosford
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92055 passes Kineton station with a train of iron ore wagons
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48392 gets the right away from Kineton to Fenny Compton on 10th January 1964
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I Lyman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48392 gets the right away from Kineton to Fenny Compton on 10th January 1964

People and Miscellaneous Views

 PW Ganger A Campion and platelayer J Mills stand alongside the cattle dock at Kineton station
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A Jordan
PW Ganger A Campion and platelayer J Mills stand alongside the cattle dock at Kineton station
Photograph of a lady porter, Freda, who was employed by the LMS during the Second World War
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A Jordan
Photograph of a lady porter, Freda, who was employed by the LMS during the Second World War
Signalman Charles Neal poses for the camera at the window of his neat and well kept signal box at Kineton station
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A Jordan
Signalman Charles Neal poses for the camera at the window of his neat and well kept signal box at Kineton station
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 43568 is being lifted clear having collided with a low-loader stuck on a level crossing near Kineton
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A Jordan
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 43568 is being lifted clear having collided with a low-loader stuck on a level crossing

Ordnance Survey Maps and Schematic Plans

An 1885 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map of Kineton station showing the layout of both goods yards
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National Library of Scotland
An 1885 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map of Kineton station showing the layout of both goods yards
A 1905 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map of Kineton station showing the layout of both goods yards
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National Library of Scotland
A 1905 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map of Kineton station showing the layout of both goods yards
A post 1925 plan of Kineton station showing the goods yard and shed including PW facilities
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OPC Publishing
A post 1925 plan of Kineton station showing the goods yard and shed including PW facilities
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