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Southam & Long Itchington Station

LMS Route: Leamington to Weedon

Southam & Long Itchington station was the most substantial of the three stations on the line within the county's border. Unlike the other two it was built in brick when opened on 1st August 1895, including the up platform, which at a later date saw its buildings demolished when passenger levels fell to a level not able to justify its continued use. Passengers used steps from either platform and the road bridge to gain access to each side. The station closed with the withdrawal of passengers services on the Leamington to Weedon route on 15th September 1958. However its close proximity to the cement works led to its goods service lasting 18 months longer than the other stations on the line closing on 5th July 1965.

Through goods trains to the cement works still ran for another 20 years, although with the lifting of the line south of the station to Weedon and also the Leamington - Marton Junction portion of the Rugby to Leamington route traffic had to now proceed via Rugby with a reversal at Marton Junction. Cement traffic finally ceased on 1st August 1985, exactly 90 years after the line opened, when BR lost out to road transport and the line was finally lifted in 1987.

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Looking towards Weeden from the Leamington end of the down platform with the up platform and passenger buildings on the left
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Looking to Weeden from the Leamington end of the down platform with the up platform on the left
Close up showing the up platform and passenger facilities with the gentlemen toilets on the left and the waiting room on the right
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Close up showing the up platform with the gentlemen toilets on the left and the waiting room on the right
Close up showing the parachute water tank situated on the up line beyond the bridge and the sidings to the cement works on the right
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Close up of the parachute water tank situated on the up line beyond the bridge and the sidings on the right
Looking towards Weeden from the Leamington end of the down line with a two-coach push-pull train standing at the down platform
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Looking to Weeden from the Leamington end of the down line with a push-pull train standing at the down platform
Close up of the cab in the driver trailer showing the vacuum operated controls and the pipework fitted outside
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Close up of the cab in the driver trailer showing the vacuum operated controls and the pipework fitted outside

Close up of the Weeden end of the up platform with the steps to the road bridge on the left and the ex-LMS 2MT Ivatt 2-6-2T at the rear of the train on the right
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Close up of the Weeden end of the up platform showing the steps to the road bridge on the left
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40076 is seen at the head of a four-coach Warwick (Milverton) to Weeden local passenger service approaching the station
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40076 is seen at the head of a Milverton to Weeden local passenger service
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No 41231 is seen running bunker first at the head of Warwick (Milverton) to Weeden local passenger service
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G Coltas
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41231 running bunker first at the head of Milverton to Weeden local passenger service
British Railways Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo D5137 is seen at the head of a Rugby via Marton to Southam cement works freight service
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M Mensing
BR Type 2 Bo-Bo D5137 is seen at the head of a Rugby via Marton to Southam cement works freight service
Vew of British Railways Type 2 Bo-Bo D5137 as it propels the two brake vans forward through the closed Southam & Long Itchington station
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M Mensing
British Railways Type 2 Bo-Bo D5137 propels the two brake vans forward through the closed station

View of the standard LNWR cast iron supporting brackets used to support Southam & Long Itchington station's cantilevered canopy roof
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C Capewell
View of the standard LNWR cast iron supporting brackets used to the station's cantilevered canopy roof
View of Southam & Long Itchington station's derelict down platform building with the booking office seen through the open door
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C Capewell
View of the station's derelict down platform building with the booking office seen through the open door
Looking along the single line through the road bridge towards Weedon with Southam Cement works seen in the distance
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C Capewell
Looking through the road bridge towards Weedon with Southam Cement works seen in the distance
An oblique view of Southam & Long Itchington station's down platform building taken from the Leamington end of the up platform
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C Capewell
An oblique view of the down platform building taken from the Leamington end of the up platform
A view of the side elevation of the passenger steps from the road bridge down to Southam & Long Itchington station's down platform
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C Capewell
A view of the side elevation of the passenger steps from the road bridge down to the station's down platform

An oblique view of the side elevation of Southam & Long Itchington station's down platform passenger steps to the road bridge
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C Capewell
An oblique view of the side elevation of the station's down platform passenger steps to the road bridge
View looking down the inside of the steps from the road bridge down to Southam & Long Itchington station's down platform
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C Capewell
View looking down the inside of the steps from the road bridge down to the station's down platform
An oblique view of Southam & Long Itchington station's down platform building taken from the road bridge above the up platform
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C Capewell
An oblique view of the station's down platform building taken from the road bridge above the up platform
View inside the booking office at Southam & Long Itchington station showing the fixed sloping desk and the pigeon holes for paperwork
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C Capewell
Inside the booking office showing the fixed sloping desk and the pigeon holes for paperwork
A wagon label photographed on one of the wagons in the sidings at Long Itchington
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M Kavanagh
One of the wagon labels photographed on one of the wagons in the sidings at Long Itchington

An unidentified Brush Type 2 A1A+A1A diesel locomotive is seen near Southam Cement works circa 1980s
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P Leonard
An unidentified Brush Type 2 A1A+A1A diesel locomotive is seen near Southam Cement works circa 1980s
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41228 enters Southam station on 2:37pm Leamington Avenue to Weeden local service
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M Mensing
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41228 enters Southam station on 2:37pm Leamington Avenue to Weeden local service