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LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

Mick Bramich writes "Whether by bicycle to Lichfield or train to Tamworth, the journey was always worth the trouble. These were the places to watch LM Region steam power doing what they were always meant to do; hauling express trains at close to a hundred m.p.h. The Stanier pacifics were always the favourites as they could not be seen at New Street due to clearance restrictions. A highlight was being able to see them stationary, stopped by signals at Tamworth low level. When at speed, only the sharpest of eyes could catch the numbers. It was on this stretch that I saw the prototype Deltic diesel in its fancy livery with ‘whiskers’. I visited Rugby on several occasions and was drawn there by the lure of the Great Central line which crossed the West Coast main line on a long girder bridge. All sorts of stuff was possible there: Western Region Halls and moguls hauling Southern green carriages; old GC and Eastern designs on local, long distance and freight workings; the ubiquitous Black 5 or WD. Plus, of course the trains to and from London and Birmingham on the low level."

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Rugby (LNWR):
Station [374]
Shed [237]
Testing Station [28]
Trent Valley lineside views of trains [96]
Brinklow [21]
Shilton [57]
Bulkington [16]
Nuneaton (Trent Valley):
Station [219]
Shed [76]
Atherstone [26]
Polesworth [13]
Tamworth Low Level [42]