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Stratford on Avon Station

LMS Route: The Shakespeare Route

Stratford on Avon Station (57) Stratford on Avon Shed (23) SMJ Locomotives (32)

Stratford Old Town station, opened on 1st July 1873, was built by the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway. The station closed to passengers on 7th April 1952 due to the close proximity of the GWR station. The station remained open to freight traffic until 1965.

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View of the exterior of the original Stratford on Avon station prior to the building in 1909 of the extension
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Public Records Office
View of the exterior of the original Stratford on Avon station prior to the building in 1909 of the extension
View of the original E&WJR station showing the building prior to the extension and with the shorter canopy
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LGRP
View of the original E&WJR station showing the building prior to the extension and with the shorter canopy
View of SMJ 2-4-0 No 6 standing the original station whilst at the head of a service for Towcester
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Real Photos
View of SMJ 2-4-0 No 6 standing the original station whilst at the head of a service for Towcester
Close up showing the two rear coaches of the early period SMJ train
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Real Photos
Close up showing the two rear coaches, both of six-wheel construction, and a GCR four-wheel bogie coach
SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 stands immaculate in its livery with polished buffers at the head of a short goods train
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Lens of Sutton
SMJ 0-6-0 No 15 stands immaculate in its livery with polished buffers at the head of a short goods train

Close up showing the replacement SMJ signal box viewed from the East end of Stratford on Avon station
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the replacement SMJ signal box viewed from the East end of Stratford on Avon station
An unidentified E&WJR 2-4-0T stands at the head of a three coach local passenger train bound for Towcester
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An unidentified E&WJR 2-4-0T stands at the head of a three coach local passenger train bound for Towcester
Close up showing the coaching stock in pre-1909 livery of crimson lake below the waist and cream above
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Real Photos
Close up showing the coaching stock in pre-1909 livery of crimson lake below the waist and cream above
SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 at the head of of a special train conveying the American Ambassador
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Lens of Sutton
SMJ 0-6-0 No 18 is seen at the head of of a special train of GCR stock conveying the American Ambassador
The Ro-Railer is seen reversing on to the ramp where it can lower its road wheels to proceed by road
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Lens of Sutton
The Ro-Railer is seen reversing on to the ramp where it can lower its road wheels to proceed by road

Close up showing a view of the goods yard and sidings including the cattle pens and goods shed
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing a view of the goods yard and sidings including the cattle pens and goods shed
Looking towards Broom with the shed on the left and the goods yard and exchange sidings in the distance
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Real Photos
Looking towards Broom with the shed on the left and the goods yard and exchange sidings in the distance
Close up showing the rear of the locomotive shed on the left and the down passenger waiting room
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Real Photos
Close up showing the rear of the locomotive shed on the left and the down passenger waiting room
Close up showing the extension built to the eastern end of Stratford on Avon's main station building
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Real Photos
Close up showing the extension built to the eastern end of Stratford on Avon's main station building
View of the station looking towards Fenny Compton with the barrow crossing from the up to down platform
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LGRP
View of the station looking towards Fenny Compton with the barrow crossing from the up to down platform

Close up showing the original E&WJR signal box to the right and the replacement SMJ signal box on the left
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LGRP
Close up showing the original E&WJR signal box to the right and the replacement SMJ signal box on the left
Close up showing Stratford on Avon station's up platform and the various furniture, posters and architecture
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LGRP
Close up showing Stratford on Avon station's up platform and the various furniture, posters and architecture
View of the station looking towards Fenny Compton which shows lines to goods yard, shed and Broom Junction
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LGRP
View of the station looking towards Fenny Compton which shows lines to goods yard, shed and Broom Junction
Close up showing part of Stratford onh Avon station's forecourt and entrance to the goods yard and sidings
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LGRP
Close up showing part of Stratford onh Avon station's forecourt and entrance to the goods yard and sidings
Looking along the single track route in the direction of Fenny Compton at a point just past Mill Bridge
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RS Carpenter
Looking along the single track route in the direction of Fenny Compton at a point just past Mill Bridge

The exterior of the E&WJR Stratford on Avon station was similar in architectural style to others on the route
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LGRP
The exterior of the E&WJR Stratford on Avon station was similar in architectural style to others on the route
Close up showing the original station structure on the right and the later extensions on the left
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LGRP
Close up showing the original station structure on the right and the later extensions on the left
Close up showing the outside of the former E&WJR signal box which was decommissioned in 1910
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LGRP
Close up showing the outside of the former E&WJR signal box which was decommissioned in 1910
Looking towards Fenny Compton showing the SMJ signal box standing at the west end of the up platform
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RM Casserley
Looking towards Fenny Compton showing the SMJ signal box standing at the west end of the up platform
Close up showing the West elevation of SMJ built signal box with the door to the machine room underneath
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RM Casserley
Close up showing the West elevation of SMJ built signal box with the door to the machine room underneath

Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43693 is seen at the head of a local passenger train arriving from Towcesterin the 1950s
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Lens of Sutton
Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 43693 is seen at the head of a local passenger train arriving from Towcesterin the 1950s
Close up of one the two water columns located at either end of the platforms between the up and down roads
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of one the two water columns located at either end of the platforms between the up and down roads
Close up showing passengers  leaving the platform with many people  wheeling bicycles from the train
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing passengers leaving the platform with many people wheeling bicycles from the train
A panoramic view of station looking Eastwards with the shed on right and the station on the left
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HC Casserley
A panoramic view of station looking Eastwards with the shed on right and the station on the left
Close up showing the two signal boxes and goods yard on the left and the approach road to the shed on the right
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the two signal boxes and goods yard on the left and the approach road to the shed on the right

Looking East towards Fenny Compton with the two signal boxes on the left and the shed on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking East towards Fenny Compton with the two signal boxes on the left and the shed on the right
Looking East from the Broom end of the down line with the second signal box on the left and the shed on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking East from the Broom end of the down line with the second signal box on the left and the shed on the right
View from the station's up platform looking East with the bridge over the River Avon in the foreground
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DJ Norton
View from the station's up platform looking East with the bridge over the River Avon in the foreground
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44525 is seen at Stratford on Avon station's down platform on the final passenger train service
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A Thompson
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44525 is seen at Stratford on Avon station's down platform on the final passenger train service
View on 12th October 1963 of the derelict original signal box and station after the removal of its second canopy
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R Fisher
View on 12th October 1963 of the derelict original signal box and station after the removal of its second canopy

Another view of the ex-GWR locomotives heading the LCGB special made up of Southern Region coaching stock
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R Fisher
Another view of the ex-GWR locomotives heading the LCGB special made up of Southern Region coaching stock
Looking East towards with the second signal box on the left and the water tower for the shed on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking East towards with the second signal box on the left and the water tower for the shed on the right
View of the derelict station looking East and showing the signal box has now been replaced by a ground frame
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DJ Norton
View of the derelict station looking East and showing the signal box has now been replaced by a ground frame
View of Stratford on Avon station's six lever ground frame which replaced the second signal box
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DJ Norton
View of Stratford on Avon station's six lever ground frame which replaced the second signal box
View of the  Exchange Ground Frame showing the diagram advising staff which levers controlled which set of tracks
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DJ Norton
View of the Exchange Ground Frame showing the diagram advising staff which levers controlled which set of tracks

View of the exterior of the exterior of the abandoned Stratford on Avon station on 18th August 1962
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DJ Norton
View of the exterior of the exterior of the abandoned Stratford on Avon station on 18th August 1962
Looking East on 18th August 1962 from the site of the demolished second signal box replaced by a ground frame
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DJ Norton
Looking East on 18th August 1962 from the site of the demolished second signal box replaced by a ground frame
View of the demolished shed showing only the water tower tower, coal stage and water column remaining
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DJ Norton
View of the demolished shed showing only the water tower tower, coal stage and water column remaining
View of the abandoned station and shed from the down spur to the former GWR line to Honeybourne
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DJ Norton
View of the abandoned station and shed from the down spur to the former GWR line to Honeybourne
Looking East showing the sole remaining water crane complete with enclosed brazier to ward off frost
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DJ Norton
Looking East showing the sole remaining water crane complete with enclosed brazier to ward off frost

View of Stratford on Avon station lying derelict as seen some ten years after closure to passenger traffic
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Lens of Sutton
View of Stratford on Avon station lying derelict as seen some ten years after closure to passenger traffic
Looking west towards the junction with the ex-GWR Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne line
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Lens of Sutton
Looking west towards the junction with the ex-GWR Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne line
Close up showing the trackwork to the west of Stratford on Avon station during the early 1960s
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the trackwork to the west of Stratford on Avon station during the early 1960s
Looking West on 18th August 1962 from the old station with the connecting line to Honeybourne on the left
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DJ Norton
Looking West on 18th August 1962 from the old station with the connecting line to Honeybourne on the left
Ex-GWR 0-6-0 2251 class No 2211 at the head of the 'Tiddly Dyke' leaving the former SMJ station
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Lens of Sutton
Ex-GWR 0-6-0 2251 class No 2211 at the head of the 'Tiddly Dyke' leaving the former SMJ station

Another view of the original East & West Junction Railway signal box after the closure of the passenger station
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A Vaughan
Another view of the original East & West Junction Railway signal box after the closure of the passenger station
A 1955 view of the second signal box erected at Stratford on Avon station with the goods yard behind
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A Vaughan
A 1955 view of the second signal box erected at Stratford on Avon station with the goods yard behind
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 6940 'Didlington Hall' is seen crossing the River Avon on a freight to Fenny Compton
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R Fisher
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 6940 'Didlington Hall' is seen crossing the River Avon on a freight to Fenny Compton
Mrs May Jordan Manageress of Stratford Old Town Refreshment Room from 1915 to 1934
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A Jordan
Mrs May Jordan Manageress of Stratford Old Town Refreshment Room from 1915 to 1934
View of the 1885 plan of the East & West Junction Railway's Stratford on Avon station showing the line to Broom
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A Thompson
View of the 1885 plan of the East & West Junction Railway's Stratford on Avon station showing the line to Broom

Stratford on Avon station's layout  showing the junctions with the former GWR line after the lifting of the line to Broom
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A Thompson
Stratford on Avon station's layout showing the junctions with the former GWR line after the lifting of the line to Broom
A plan of the new road network to the South of Stratford upon Avon including Seven Meadows Road
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A plan of the new road network to the South of Stratford upon Avon including Seven Meadows Road

Stratford on Avon Station (57) Stratford on Avon Shed (23) SMJ Locomotives (32)