LMS Route: Trent Valley Line
Shilton Station: lnwr_shil1342
Looking south to Rugby with the down island platform in the
foreground whilst an up express services passes through the station. A down
express can be seen in the distance approaching the station. The down island
platform was formed as a result of a passing loop being installed. Passing
loops or refuge sidings (the latter were only accessed by the train reversing
in to a siding) were needed on high density routes to move slow moving trains
out of the path of their faster brethren.
Express services were the primary beneficiary but even
local passenger services benefited. Whilst freight was the initial economic
driver to building railways, passenger trains were soon the most prestigious
service offered and consequently great effort was made to keep them running to
time. During the Second World War when troop services demanded priority the
crew of a goods train could serve their entire shift in a refuge siding without
moving at all.