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LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington
LMS Route: Rugby to Leamington
LMS Route: Leamington to Weedon

Warwick (Milverton) Station (34) Warwick (Milverton) Goods Yard (20) Warwick (Milverton) Shed (47)

Warwick Milverton Shed

The promoters of the branch line to Leamington ordered 'An Engine House' to be built on 8th February 1844 to accommodate two engines and a Smith's hearth with a turntable outside. This was to be timed to coincide with the opening of the branch line terminus on 6th December 1844. Following the opening of the single line from Rugby to Leamington line in 1851, 'Leamington' shed had by April 1855, been extended to accommodate six locomotives. Traffic levels grew and by 1880 the original shed was too small to accommodate the twenty locomotives allocated to it. The doubling of the Rugby to Milverton route together with the opening of the Berkswell to Kenilworth branch was further complemented with the line between Milverton to Kenilworth being upgraded with double tracks which necessitated the rebuilding of Milverton station. At the same time a new six straight road shed to accommodate twelve locomotives was built with standard northlight pattern roof. Milverton was a sub-shed or in LMS parlance a garage of Rugby, along with Market Harborough, Stamford, Seaton and Peterborough and coded by the LNWR as 8W. The shed's primary role was to provide motive power for local passenger work with some longer distance freight turns. Hawkins and Reeve state in their book LMS Engine Sheds, Volume One - The LNWR that in its first years the shed was more commonly known as Milverton and was accordingly coded 8M, the letter denoting the place name.

In the 1930s the shed was to have benefited from the LMS' policy of modernisation in order to reduce costs and a 60ft turntable was installed. However the planned coal and ash disposal plants were never built due to the imminent outbreak of the Second World War. In 1935 the shed was re-coded 2E, once again as a sub-shed under the authority of Rugby. Following the Second World War, traffic levels declined in line with the expansion of competition from road transport so the planned improvements envisaged in the 1930s never took place. Following nationalisation of the railways on 1st January 1948 few changes took place other than the shed being re-coded 2C by the newly created British Railways Board. By 1954 only twelve locomotives were allocated, all but three being 2-6-2Ts for passenger work, with the remaining freight duties being handled by a pair of Stanier 2-8-0s and an ex-LNWR 'Super D' 0-8-0. Throughout its working life the shed was always being used by visiting locomotives to service them before returning to their home shed. Finally, on 17th November 1958, the shed was closed and its remaining duties were transferred to the nearby former GWR shed at Leamington. However, due to the fact that the line was originally built to terminate at Milverton and that the branch from Rugby was built to connect with the branch from Coventry, the shed remained for a period of time the signing on point for crews on turns between the two centres and for other duties. The shed was also used after closure to stable six sets of DMUs for use by British Railways to train locomotive crew.

The Infrastructure

Milverton's last remaining siding, which ran parallel to the main line, and its buffer stop as seen in May 1972
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D Churchill
Milverton's last remaining siding, which ran parallel to the main line, and its buffer stop as seen in May 1972
The upper quadrant signal located on the Leamington side of the signal box almost opposite the goods shed
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D Churchill
The upper quadrant signal located on the Leamington side of the signal box almost opposite the goods shed
Warwick Milverton Signal Box which was located a few hundred feet from the station towards Kenilworth and opposite the shed and yard
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Warwick Milverton Signal Cabin which was located a few hundred feet from the station and opposite the shed and yard
Plan showing the location of the shed and turntable in relationship to the goods yard and the line between Coventry and Leamington
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C Capewell
The bay window of Warwick Milverton shed foreman's office as seen in 1975 long after the shed closed
View of the former shed's near derelict remains now being used by a garden centre in July 1975
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C Capewell
View of the former engine shed's near derelict remains now being used by a garden centre in July 1975

Warwick shed on its last day of working, Saturday 18th November 1958, with ex-LMS designed locomotives in steam
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P Kingston
Warwick shed on its last day of working, Saturday 18th November 1958, with ex-LMS locomotives in steam

19th Century locomotives

LNWR 2-4-0 No 2154 'Loadstone' stands in front of Warwick shed with the crew standing on the footplate and a cleaner by the tender
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-4-0 No 2154 'Loadstone' at Warwick shed with driver and fireman standing on the footplate
LNWR 2-4-0 Samson Class No 737 'Roberts' poses for the camera outside Warwick shed with its crew with a GWR open wagon in the background
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-4-0 Samson Class No 737 'Roberts' poses for the camera outside Warwick shed with its crew
LNWR 2-2-2 No 618 'Princess Alexandra' with its large sand box and an open splasher standing on one of the roads in front of Warwick shed
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-2-2 No 618 'Princess Alexandra' with its large sand box and an open splasher in front of Warwick shed
LNWR 2-2-2 No 618 'Princess Alexandra' with its large sand box and enclosed splasher stands on one of the roads in front of Warwick shed
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-2-2 No 618 'Princess Alexandra' with a sand box and enclosed splasher stands in front of Warwick shed
LNWR Ramsbottom DX 0-6-0 No 568 with open splashers stands on one of the roads outside Warwick shed
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J Alsop
LNWR Ramsbottom DX 0-6-0 No 568 with open splashers stands on one of the roads outside Warwick shed

LNWR Ramsbottom 0-6-0 No 454 stands with crew alongside Warwick shed in near original condition
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J Alsop
LNWR Ramsbottom 0-6-0 No 454 stands with crew alongside Warwick shed in near original condition
LNWR 2-2-2-0 No 306 'Knowsley' stands alongside the signal cabin on the Coventry to Leamington branch
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-2-2-0 No 306 'Knowsley' is seen standing alongside the signal cabin on the Leamington branch
LNWR 2-2-2-0 No 301 'Economist' stands in Warwick Shed's yard alongside the signal gantry
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-2-2-0 No 301 'Economist' stands in Warwick Shed's yard alongside the signal gantry
LNWR Samson Class 2-4-0 No 2156 'Sphinx' poses outside Warwick Shed with a 'Loco' coal wagon behind
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J Alsop
LNWR Samson Class 2-4-0 No 2156 'Sphinx' poses outside Warwick Shed with a 'Loco' coal wagon behind
View of LNWR 2-2-2 'Bloomer' No 630 is standing just north of the original Warwick terminal station with sidings in the background
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E Talbot
View of LNWR 2-2-2 'Bloomer' No 630 is standing just north of the original Warwick terminal station with sidings in the background

20th Century locomotives

Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 46712 is seen on 17th July 1954 standing in Milverton shed's coal hole only days before withdrawal
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B Morrison
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T 'No 46712 is seen on 17th July 1954 standing in Milverton shed's coal hole only days before withdrawal
Ex-LNWR 2-4-2T Class 1P No 6683 is seen standing outside of Warwick Milverton shed fully coaled and watered for its next turn
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Ex-LNWR 2-4-2T Class 1P No 6683 is seen standing outside of Warwick shed fully coaled and watered for its next turn
A pair of ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'Cauliflowers', No 8455 and No 8453 are standing in line facing the junction with the Leamington to Coventry line
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Ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'Cauliflowers', No 8455 and No 8453 are standing in line facing the junction with the Leamington to Coventry line
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 44 is seen standing on the stabling roads in front of an otherwise empty Milverton shed in May 1948
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 44 is seen standing on the stabling roads in front of an otherwise empty Milverton shed in May 1948
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40078 simmers in steam fully coaled whilst waiting for its next turn of work standing in front of Milverton shed
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40078 is seen fully coaled whilst waiting for its next turn of work standing in front of Milverton shed

View of an ex-MR 2F 0-6-0, No 3726, standing on the turntable at Milverton shed as its driver operates the vacuum powered table
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G Coltas
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0, No 3726 on the turntable at Milverton shed as its driver operates the vacuum powered table
Another view of ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflowers' No 8455 and No 8453 standing at Milverton, but a year earlier than the previous photograph
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G Coltas
Another view of ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflowers' No 8455 and No 8453 at Milverton, but a year earlier than the previous
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49120 and ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40076 are both seen in steam standing on shed on 28th September 1956
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G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49120 and ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40076 are both seen in steam standing on shed
Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T 'Watford Tank' No 6890 stands in front of the engineering department's wagon adjacent to Milverton's coal stacks
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Anon
Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T 'Watford Tank' No 6890 stands in front of the engineering department's wagon next to the coal stacks
A view of Warwick Milverton shed on a Sunday when the majority of the shed's locomotives were stabled in sequence for Monday's work
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Anon
Warwick Milverton shed on a Sunday when the majority of the shed's locomotives were stabled in sequence for Monday's work

Close up of an unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' standing in front of and alongside of other locomotives of the same class
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Anon
Close up of an unknown ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' standing adjacent to other locomotives of the same class
Close up showing ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8455 standing alongside an unidentified ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'Super D' in the late 1920s
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Anon
Close up showing ex-LNWR 2F
0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8455 and an unidentified ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'Super D' in the late 1920s
View from the cab of an unknown locomotive along its tender towards the junction of the shed with the Leamington to Coventry line
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RS Carpenter
View from the cab along its tender towards the junction of the shed with the Leamington to Coventry line
Close up showing the juxtaposition of Milverton's signal box which controlled the approach to the station, the shed and the goods yard
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the juxtaposition of the signal cabin which controlled the approach to the station and the shed
A very dirty ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2', No 49417, is seen having being turned 270 on Milverton shed's single road turntable
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A very dirty ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2', No 49417, is seen having being turned 270° on Milverton shed's single road turntable

Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49244 is seen in company with an unidentified class mate as both raise steam for their next trips in June 1951
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Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49244 in company with an unidentified class mate as both raise steam for their next trips
An array of pre-grouping, grouping and British Railways built locomotive power on display in the last years of the shed's working life
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G Coltas
An array of pre-grouping, grouping and BR locomotive power on display in the last years of the shed's working life
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49452 is seen standing in front of Milverton shed with an unidentified ex-LMS Stanier 2-6-2T on 28th September 1956
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Anon
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2a' No 49452 in front of the shed with an unidentified ex-LMS Stanier 2-6-2T on 28th September 1956
Ex-LNWR 4-4-0 No 25286 'Dunrobin' is seen with crew and in steam outside Warwick shed in the early 1930s
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LNWR Society
Ex-LNWR 4-4-0 No 25286 'Dunrobin' is seen with crew and in steam outside Warwick shed in the early 1930s
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48016 and ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40078 are seen in company with other Warwick allocated locomotives in raising steam
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48016 and ex-LMS 3MT 2-6-2T No 40078 are seen in company with other locomotives in raising steam

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48012 is seen with steam lifting from its safety valves whilst opposite in cold condition is ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 No 49397
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48012 with steam lifting from its safety valves whilst opposite is ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 No 49397
A number of ex-LMS standard locomotives are seen in steam standing on the shed's roads circa 1955
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D Cooknell
A number of ex-LMS standard locomotives are seen in steam standing on the shed's roads circa 1955
View of six sets of newly delivered Derby built Diesel Multiple Units stored at the shed after its closure in preparation  for driver training
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B Barby
Six sets of newly delivered Derby built Diesel Multiple Units stored at the shed after its closure in preparation for driver training

Ordnance Survey Maps and Schematic Drawings

Plan showing the location of the shed and turntable in relationship to the goods yard and the line between Coventry and Leamington
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Courtesy Irwell Press
Plan showing the location of the shed and turntable in relationship to the goods yard and the Coventry and Leamington line
Close up of the junction with the shed and goods yard with Milverton's 60ft turntable in between the throat to the yard and the shed
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Courtesy Irwell Press
Close up of the the shed and goods yard with Milverton's 60ft turntable in between the throat to the yard and the shed
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Courtesy Irwell Press
Close up of the junction with the line to Coventry located to the East of the signal box and giving access to Smith's private sidings
View of the 1845 plan of Milverton shed showing the location of the shed and turntable to the North of the occupation bridge which separated it from the station
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RJS
An 1845 plan of Milverton shed showing the location of the shed and turntable to the North of the occupation bridge

A 1923 25 inch to the Mile Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed, Milverton Goods Shed and Milverton Station on the far right
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National Library of Scotland
A 1923 Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed, Milverton Goods Shed and Milverton Station on the far right
A 1903 25 inch to the Mile Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed, Milverton Goods Shed and Milverton Station on the far right
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National Library of Scotland
A 1903 Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed, Milverton Goods Shed and Milverton Station on the far right
A 1903 25 inch to the Mile Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed on the left and Milverton Goods Shed on the far right
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National Library of Scotland
A 1903 25 inch to the Mile OS Map showing Warwick Shed on the left and Milverton Goods Shed on the far right
A 1923 25 inch to the Mile Ordnance Survey Map showing Warwick Shed on the left and Milverton Goods Shed on the far right
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National Library of Scotland
A 1923 25 inch to the Mile OS Map showing Warwick Shed on the left and Milverton Goods Shed on the far right

The LMS and its successor, British Railways, undertook to film various aspects of operating steam locomotives and other railway operations. We have provided below links to some of the films related to shed operation that we know exist. Films on other aspects of railway operations can be viewed via our Video and Film Clip section.

"Wash and Brush Up" 1953
Shows the procedures that a steam engine goes through as part of its regular maintenance cycle. The locomotive being featured in the film is a British Railways Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73020 at 6D Chester (Midland shed. (25 minutes 19 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part One of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 44 seconds)

LMS On the Shed - Part Two of Two
Various shots of an engine being prepared and serviced ready for its next trip. Includes actions and responsibilities of crew. (9 minutes 31 seconds)

Recording Locomotive Sightings 1943 - 1968

The following information is provided courtesy of Shed Bash UK (http://shedbashuk.blogspot.co.uk/)

A generation of enthusiasts recorded the movements of locomotives around the railway system. These records of visits to locomotive depots have been collected and carefully analysed to provide an overall portrait for the period 1943 to 1968. During that period of steam's final years, there was a marked change from the pre-grouping types that still found work at a few depots, to the modern BR designs that worked until the end in 1968. The handling of freight and passenger services was a major undertaking from town and cities, ports, coal mines and factories. All of it traversed the labyrinth of lines that criss-crossed the country. There were numerous 'sheds' spread throughout the length and breadth of the land that provided and serviced the vast army of steam locomotives (20,000 in 1948). Here is just a taste of that history.

Plan showing the location of the shed and turntable in relationship to the goods yard and the line between Coventry and Leamington

Warwick (Milverton) Station (34) Warwick (Milverton) Goods Yard (20) Warwick (Milverton) Shed (47)