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Water Orton Station

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Birmingham New Street
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
LMS Route: Water Orton to Walsall

Water Orton station was originally built by the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway (B&DJR) and opened on 16th May 1842. The station was one of four intermediate stations built when the line from Whitacre Junction to Lawley Street was opened. The station was furnished with a small goods yard and refuge sidings for passing goods traffic. The Midland Railway (which was formed when the B&DJR amalgamated with other railway companies) built a second station some 220 yards to the west of the original station. This was because the Midland Railway needed to speed up traffic and decided to build a cut off which ran from Kingsbury station junction to the new junction at Water Orton. Although the distance saved was only 1¼ miles the speed that trains could maintain through the cut off helped to reduce overall journey times.

Original Water Orton Station

View of Water Orton's original station showing the staggered platforms either side of the footbridge circa 1900
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Postcard
View of Water Orton's original station showing the staggered platforms either side of the footbridge circa 1900
Close up showing the lime stained cattle wagon standing on the siding with a railway worker posed for the camera
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Postcard
Close up showing the lime stained cattle wagon standing on the siding with a railway worker posed for the camera
Close up showing the staggered platforms and on the left the up platform's small passenger waiting room
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Postcard
Close up showing the staggered platforms and on the left the up platform's small passenger waiting room
Close up of the main facilities including station master's office, booking office, general and ladies waiting rooms
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Postcard
Close up of the main facilities including station master's office, booking office, general and ladies waiting rooms
Water Orton station looking towards Birmingham with the main passenger buildings seen on the left
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WoW
Water Orton station looking towards Birmingham with the main passenger buildings seen on the left

Replacement Water Orton Station

Exterior view of the station with the goods entrance on the left and the passenger entrance on the right
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Anon
Exterior view of the station with the goods entrance on the left and the passenger entrance on the right
Looking from the goods yard towards Water Orton's island platform with the MR signal box seen through the bridge
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Anon
Looking from the goods yard towards Water Orton's island platform with the MR signal box seen through the bridge
Close up of the passenger building accommodating the waiting rooms located on the station's island platform
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Anon
Close up of the passenger building accommodating the waiting rooms located on the station's island platform
Close up showing the passenger stairway and the lift used to transport goods from the platform to Marsh Lane
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Anon
Close up showing the passenger stairway and the lift used to transport goods from the platform to Marsh Lane
Close up looking through the overbridge showing the original 1909 Midland Railway signal box
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Anon
Close up looking through the overbridge showing the original 1909 Midland Railway signal box

View along the island platform of the second station with the  up passenger line on the left and the down line on the right
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Stations UK
View along the island platform of the second station with the up passenger line on the left and the down line on the right
Looking through the down section of the overbridge and showing the BR replacement signal box
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B Bill
Looking through the down section of the overbridge and showing the BR replacement signal box
Looking towards Water Orton junction with the line to Derby on the left and the line to Leicester on the right in 1958
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M Moran
Looking towards Water Orton junction with the line to Derby on the left and the line to Leicester on the right in 1958
View of the bridge carrying Birmingham Road over the railway near Lea Marston on 30th June 1959
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DJ Norton
View of the bridge carrying Birmingham Road over the railway near Lea Marston on 30th June 1959
Ex-Midland Railway 0-6-0 3F No 3147 is seen at the head of a Class H freight service coming off the Leicester line
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WL Good
Ex-Midland Railway 0-6-0 3F No 3147 is seen at the head of a Class H freight service coming off the Leicester line

Midland Railway 0-6-0 2F No 3049 is seen passing the cattle pens whilst at the head of a long mineral train in 1921
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WL Good
MR 0-6-0 2F No 3049 is seen passing the cattle pens whilst at the head of a long mineral train in 1921
British Railways built Caprotti 5MT 4-6-0 No 44744 approaches the station on an up express from Bristol
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BJ Miller
British Railways built Caprotti 5MT 4-6-0 No 44744 approaches the station on an up express from Bristol
Ex-LMS 8P 2-8-0 No 48381 on a Class H freight from Toton to Washwood Heath on 2nd October 1959
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 8P 2-8-0 No 48381 on a Class H freight from Toton to Washwood Heath on 2nd October 1959
British Railways built 4MT 2-6-0 No 43036 exits the Leicester line with an express service for New Street on 28th February 1959
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M Mensing
BR built 4MT 2-6-0 No 43036 exits the Leicester line with an express service for New Street on 28th February 1959
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46239 'City of Chester' leaves the Leicester line at the head of a down parcels service
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46239 'City of Chester' leaves the Leicester line at the head of a down parcels service

Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46239 'City of Chester' passes Water Orton's new signal whilst at the head of a parcels service
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46239 'City of Chester' passes Water Orton's new signal whilst at the head of a parcels service
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48266 leaves the Leicester line on a coal train to Washwood Heath on Saturday 26th April 1958
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48266 leaves the Leicester line on a coal train to Washwood Heath on Saturday 26th April 1958
Ex-LMS Beyer-Garratt 2-6-0+0-6-2 No 47996 leaves the Derby line with a Birmingham bound freight in July 1955
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GW Sharpe
Ex-LMS Beyer-Garratt 2-6-0+0-6-2 No 47996 leaves the Derby line with a Birmingham bound freight in July 1955
Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45699 'Galatea' uses the fast lines on a down Bristol express on 8th May 1954
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P Glenn
Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 45699 'Galatea' uses the fast lines on a down Bristol express on 8th May 1954
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44814 crosses over from the Derby line on a New Street express service circa 1956
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RS Carpenter
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44814 crosses over from the Derby line on a New Street express service circa 1956

An unidentified ex-LMS 'Black Five' on a fitted freight heading North on the fast line on 1st September 1952
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DJ Norton
An unidentified ex-LMS 'Black Five' on a fitted freight heading North on the fast line on 1st September 1952
Ex-MR 0-6-0 2F No 58167, runs tender first whilst towing a brake van, leaving the sidings on 6th August 1952
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DJ Norton
Ex-MR 0-6-0 2F No 58167, runs tender first whilst towing a brakevan, leaving the sidings on 6th August 1952
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44270 adjacent to Water Orton sidings on a Class F express freight service on 16th August 1954
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 0-6-0 4F No 44270 next to Water Orton sidings on a Class F express freight service on 16th August 1954
Close up showing some of the many marshalling and storage sidings located on the up line at Water Orton station
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DJ Norton
Close up showing some of the many marshalling and storage sidings located on the up line at Water Orton station
Looking towards Park Lane Junction with the signal box on the left and Castle Bromwich straight ahead
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J Griffiths
Looking towards Park Lane Junction with the signal box on the left and Castle Bromwich straight ahead

Ex LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44458 passes Water Orton station with a train of empty mineral wagons for Kingsbury
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J Griffiths
Ex LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44458 passes Water Orton station with a train of empty mineral wagons for Kingsbury
A Midland Railway Engineer's drawing prepared at their Derby drawing office in February 1908
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Midland Railway
A Midland Railway Engineer's drawing prepared at their Derby drawing office in February 1908
Sectional drawing showing the Porter's room, Booking Office and Parcels and stairway entrance
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing showing the Porter's room, Booking Office and Parcels and stairway entrance
Sectional drawing showing the goods entrance and passenger entrance to Water Orton Station
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing showing the goods entrance and passenger entrance to Water Orton Station
Sectional drawing showing the stairway from road level to the platform and the lift door at platform level
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing showing the stairway from road level to the platform and the lift door at platform level

Sectional drawing showing the Booking Office, Parcels room, Station Mater's Office and other accommodation
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing showing the Booking Office, Parcels room, Station Mater's Office and other accommodation
Plan of the goods entrance, passenger entrance, booking hall, booking office, hoist and stairway to platform
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Midland Railway
Plan of the goods entrance, passenger entrance, booking hall, booking office, hoist and stairway to platform
Sectional drawing of the down platform elevation of Water Orton station showing external features
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing of the down platform elevation of Water Orton station showing external features
Sectional drawing of the up platform elevation of Water Orton station showing external features
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Midland Railway
Sectional drawing of the up platform elevation of Water Orton station showing external features
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 Midland Railway Distance Diagram showing the marshalling and goods sidings located at Water Orton
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Midland Railway
A Midland Railway Distance Diagram showing the marshalling and goods sidings located at Water Orton
OS map showing Water Orton station and its position between the sidings and the Derby and Leicester junction
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Ordnance Survey
OS map showing Water Orton station and its position between the sidings and the Derby and Leicester junction
Ordnance Survey map showing the marshalling sidings on the left and the goods sidings on the right
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Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey map showing the marshalling sidings on the left and the goods sidings on the right