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Stockingford Station

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street

Stockingford Station (25) Stockingford Shed (5)

Stockingford station was one of three provided when the line from Nuneaton to Whitacre Junction was opened on 1st November 1864 as part of the Midland Railway's Nuneaton to Birmingham route. The other two stations were Shustoke and Arley & Fillongley, with all three being built to the same standard design. The station's importance was elevated with the development of the nearby coal fields resulting in the building of Stockingford branch line to Ansley Hall Colliery connecting en-route with, Stockingford Colliery and Nuneaton (New) Colliery. Ansley Hall Colliery opened in 1874 whereas Stockingford Colliery, originally called Chapel End pit, was opened in 1871. To connect these pits to the MR the first portion of the single line branch opened 3rd April 1876 with the second section opening on 5th September 1876. Pete Lee states in his article in British Railways Journal No 9 - Autumn 1985 that 'the addition of the brickworks and concrete works in the form of Moorwoods helped to consolidate Stockingford's importance as a railway centre'. the branch was used everyday until Ansley Hall Colliery closed on 30th October 1959. The station closed to passengers on 4th March 1968.

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Looking towards Nuneaton Abbey Street with passengers waiting for a Birmingham bound train
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P Lee Collection
Looking towards Nuneaton Abbey Street with passengers waiting for a Birmingham bound train
Looking in the direction of Nuneaton with Haunchwood Brickwork's chimneys seen in the distance
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WA Camwell
Looking in the direction of Nuneaton with Haunchwood Brickwork's chimneys seen in the distance
Close up showing Stockingford station and its sparse furniture a few months before it was to close
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WA Camwell
Close up showing Stockingford station and its sparse furniture a few months before it was to close
Stockingford station seen after its March 1968 closure and now displaying a 'To Let' sign
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
Stockingford station seen after its March 1968 closure and now displaying a 'To Let' sign

Looking towards Birmingham from beneath the bridge carrying Whittleford Road over the railway in the 1950s
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WA Camwell
Looking towards Birmingham from beneath the bridge carrying Whittleford Road over the railway in the 1950s
Close up showing Stockingford's Goods Shed and goods sidings in the near distance on the right
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WA Camwell
Close up showing Stockingford's Goods Shed and goods sidings in the near distance on the right
Close up showing the Nuneaton side of Stockingford stationmaster's house and passenger facilities
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WA Camwell
Close up showing the Nuneaton side of Stockingford stationmaster's house and passenger facilities
Looking towards Nuneaton with Stockingford Goods shed on the left and Stockingford Signal Box on the right
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P Lee
Looking towards Nuneaton with Stockingford Goods shed on the left and Stockingford Signal Box on the right

Looking towards Nuneaton with the locomotive shed on the right behind Stockingford signal box
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Nuneaton with the locomotive shed on the right behind Stockingford signal box
Close up showing Stockingford's Goods Shed and its simple goods yard viewed from the branch line's sidings
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RS Carpenter
Close up of Stockingford's Goods Shed and its simple goods yard viewed from the branch line's sidings
Close up showing Stockingford Shed and Stockingford Signal Box seen shortly after opening
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing Stockingford Shed and Stockingford Signal Box seen shortly after opening
Close showing the absence of the goods shed and other buildings at Stockingford station
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MH Billington
Close up showing the absence of the goods shed and other buildings at Stockingford station

Looking towards Water Orton with the goods yard on the right and the former shed on the left
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HB Priestley
Looking towards Water Orton with the goods yard on the right and the former shed on the left
Ex-LNWR G2a 0-8-0 No 49142 is seen standing on the reception road used by Stockingford branch line
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MH Billington
Ex-LNWR G2a 0-8-0 No 49142 is seen standing on the reception road used by Stockingford branch line
Ex-LMS 'Stanier Crab' No 42946 is seen standing in Stockingford sidings ready to depart on an up freight
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MJ Lee
Ex-LMS 'Stanier Crab' No 42946 is seen standing in Stockingford sidings ready to depart on an up freight
An unidentified ex-MR 0-6-0 locomotive heads a coal train on the steeply graded Stockingford branch
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M Billington
An unidentified ex-MR 0-6-0 locomotive heads a coal train on the steeply graded Stockingford branch

Both the locomotive's crew and the shunters on Stockingford branch shunt pose before the camera
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E Barnsby
Both the locomotive's crew and the shunters on Stockingford branch shunt pose before the camera
View of Stockingford Sidings Signal Box which was sited on the down line opposite Stockingford Branch
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E Barnsby
View of Stockingford Sidings Signal Box which was sited on the down line opposite Stockingford Branch
View of Stockingford Ground Frame which appears to have been decommissioned some time previous
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B Bill
View of Stockingford Ground Frame which appears to have been decommissioned some time previous
A two-car DMU is seen arriving on the diverted 1:10pm New Street to Rugby local train on 8th December 1963
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M Mensing
A two-car DMU is seen arriving on the diverted 1:10pm New Street to Rugby local train on 8th December 1963

LMS railway photo
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GRC&W Co
A 1902 Stockingford Colliery 7-plank open wagon built by Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Ltd
Illustration of the variety of the oil lamps employed along the route between Castle Bromwich and Stockingford
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J Griffiths
Illustration of the variety of the oil lamps employed along the route between Castle Bromwich and Stockingford
A 1924 Ordnance Survey Map showing the location and juxtaposition of Stockingford Sidings, Station and Engine Shed
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Ordnance Survey
A 1924 OS Map showing the location and juxtaposition of Stockingford Sidings, Station and Engine Shed
Schematic drawing showing Stockingford Station in relation to the branch and the LNWR's Trent Valley line
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P Lee
Schematic drawing showing Stockingford Station in relation to the branch and the LNWR's Trent Valley line

Diagram for Stockingford Sidings Signal Box which controlled Stockingford branch line and the station
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P Lee
Diagram for Stockingford Sidings Signal Box which controlled Stockingford branch line and the station