LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington
Kenilworth Station: lnwrk150b
Close up of image 'lnwrk150' showing the 2-4-0 Improved
Precedent class locomotive's train with five non-passenger vehicles being
placed ahead of three passenger vehicles. Philip Millard of the LNWR society
writes 'Superficially the first two vehicles appear to be 21ft 0in x 7ft 10in
Covered Combination Trucks to D.448, of which 83 were built 1884-92. But these
(at least the later ones) had sides with turnunder - these are flat-sided. It
may be that the early ones were in fact flat-sided, but the doors differ in
some respects from the usual D.448 pattern. Another interesting possibility is
a 22ft 0in x 7ft 10in CCT as shown on Page 142 of the 1895 LNWR Diagram Book.
However, the problem here is that only three of these were built, in 1878, 1886
and 1887, although all three were assigned to Private Traders, (Messrs.
Lawtons, Forder and Co, and Morgan and Co. respectively - although I have the
idea that all of these were Coventry firms).
They were supplemented in 1910-11 and remained in existence
for some years thereafter. Third is a 21ft 0in x 8ft 0in CCT to D.445, of which
155 were built 1892-98. Fourth is a 21ft 0in x 8ft 0in Horsebox to D.436, of
which no fewer than 692 were built 1890-1913. Fifth is a 19ft 6in x 7ft 10in
Horesebox to D.438 (flat sided), of which 255 were built from 1878-88. The
early ones had mostly been withdrawn by 1909 and replaced by the D.436 type.
Later ones lasted longer, until D.438 was cancelled 08/03/1920. The two
passenger carriages are 42ft 0in or possibly 45ft 0in stock, too unclear to
identify. In the rear is a 45ft 0in brake van of D.381 (the LNWR had no
arc-roof 42ft 0in brake vans)'.