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LNER Route: Leicester to Marylebone

Staverton Road Signal Cabin

Staverton Road was not a strategic or special location, it was for one photographer just a good place to take photographs. All of the photographs are credited to Gordon Coltas - as are many others at Braunston & Willoughby station. Whilst I have credited these photos to Gordon, from whom I purchased them in the late 1970s, they are in fact undoubtedly the work of HJ Stretton-Ward, a local photographer, whose interest in railways started before the First World War. His collection was sold on his death to a Leamington book shop who in time sold them on to other collectors with Gordon Coltas apparently buying the lion's share. Roger Carpenter, who also bought some of HJ Stretton-Ward's collection, recounts that both photographs and negatives were sold to different people which is why the same photograph may be attributed to two or more people. The photographs taken at Braunston & Willoughby during 1928 would seem to prove the point as Gordon was too young to have taken the photographs. Irrespective of who actually was the real photographer we must at the very least recognise and appreciate Gordon's role in ensuring that this valuable collection has been preserved. We must therefore thank the Gordon Coltas Photographic Trust for ensuring its survival after his demise in the same way that the Lens of Sutton Association supports John Smith's collection.

LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2847 'Helmingham Hall' passes over Staverton Road on a down express service
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2847 'Helmingham Hall' passes over Staverton Road on a down express service

LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2848 'Arsenal' roars across Staverton Road on a down express in June 1939
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2848 'Arsenal' roars across Staverton Road on a down express in June 1939
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2855 'Middlesborough' crosses Staverton Road at speed on a down express in June 1939
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2855 'Middlesborough' crosses Staverton Road at speed on a down express
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2860 'Hull City' throws out unburnt coal as it passes Staverton Road signal cabin
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2860 'Hull City' throws out unburnt coal as it passes Staverton Road signal cabin
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2861 'Sheffield Wednesday' coasts past without a breath of steam circa 1946
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2861 'Sheffield Wednesday' coasts past without a breath of steam circa 1946

LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2862 'Manchester United' is seen working hard at the head of a down express train
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2862 'Manchester United' is seen working hard at the head of a down express train
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2871 'Manchester City' races along at the head of a down express service circa 1946
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B17/4 No 2871 'Manchester City' races along at the head of a down express service circa 1946
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/3 No 3862 is seen at the head of a long freight service in June 1948
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G Coltas
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/3 No 3862 is seen at the head of a long freight service in June 1948
LNER 2-6-2 Class V2 No 4830 heads a down passenger train past the down refuge siding near Staverton Road
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G Coltas
LNER 2-6-2 Class V2 No 4830 heads a down passenger train past the down refuge siding near Staverton Road
LNER 2-6-2 Class V2 No 4830 heads a down passenger train over Staverton Road bridge in March 1948
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G Coltas
LNER 2-6-2 Class V2 No 4830 heads a down passenger train over Staverton Road bridge in March 1948

Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/3 No 6316 is seen working hard at the head of a long coal train circa 1946
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G Coltas
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/3 No 6316 is seen working hard at the head of a long coal train circa 1946
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/7 No 6572 is seen without a breath of smoke whilst at the head of a long coal train
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G Coltas
Ex-ROD 2-8-0 Class O4/7 No 6572 is seen without a breath of smoke whilst at the head of a long coal train
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Stanier 'Black 5' No 45253 heads a down express during the locomotive exchanges in June 1948
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Stanier 'Black 5' No 45253 heads a down express during the locomotive exchanges in June 1948
LNER 4-6-0 Class B7 No 5484 works hard at the head of a down express shortly before World War Two
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G Coltas
LNER 4-6-0 Class B7 No 5484 works hard at the head of a down express shortly before World War Two
Ex-SR 4-6-2 West Country class No 34006 'Bude' with LMS tender during the 1948 locomotive exchanges
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G Coltas
Ex-SR 4-6-2 West Country class No 34006 'Bude' with LMS tender during the 1948 locomotive exchanges

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class No 6990 'Witherslack Hall' heads a down express during the 1948 locomotive exchanges
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G Coltas
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class No 6990 'Witherslack Hall' heads a down express during the 1948 locomotive exchanges