LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
Berkswell and Balsall Common: lnwrberk524
Looking towards Birmingham with the up platform now re-sited
opposite the down platform where the main passenger facilities were located.
The two tall signals were both for the up and down lines sited at this point to
overcome visibility problems caused by the bridge and the curve. The right hand
platform, the up, was a wooden platform structure and was built after the
opening of the branch line to Kenilworth. This was because the LNWR, along with
most railway companies, built their stations with a staggered platform when a
road crossing was an integral part of the layout. The idea being that trains
would pass through the crossing before coming to a stop for passengers to
alight or embark. This would reduce to a minimum the amount of time the gates
would be closed to road traffic an issue which could cause a lot of friction
with the local authorities.