Painting: Peter Annable (MGRA)
Mike Musson Collection
The miscellaneous section of the site is designed to provide
access to a wider range of railway activities as well as providing a central
access point to different themes running across all the railways operating in
the county. Such themes include engine sheds, industrial railways and colliery
lines, the latter two activities being very important as many heavy industrial
plants used the railways for receiving material and dispatching goods. The
extraction of minerals, in particular coal, was a significant activity in the
north of the county resulting in their being many sidings and private railway
systems in place. We have also used the miscellaneous section to provide a
home for the various mishaps that occurred from time to time on the
railway, many of which fortunately did not lead to loss of life or injury. As
part of our long term planning, this section is also home to video content.
Currently linked to third party websites it is our hope to provide our own
platform and to identify and stream video content related to the county's
All but the Great Central (LNER) erected engine sheds at
various locations throughout the county. Some were very important and therefore
very large such as Rugby for the London North Western Railway (LNWR), Saltley
for the Midland Railway (MR) and Tyseley for the Great Western Railway (GWR).
Other sheds were smaller varying from single engine sheds located at the end of
the a branch line such as the GWR's Shipston-on Stour and Alcester branch line
sheds or were sub-sheds such Monument Lane for the LNWR, Bournville for the MR.
The SMJ being effectively 'a one route' single line company had their only shed
in Stratford upon Avon but it was the size of a small sub-shed such as the
LNWR's Coventry shed and indeed it became a sub-shed when the SMJ was absorbed
into the LMS.
List of Engine Sheds by Railway Company
Warwickshire's Industrial Railways & Colliery
This section of the website has been divided into two:
Industrial Railways catering for the variety of privately owned lines
ranging from Cadbury's railway at Bournville to a variety of cement works and
power stations and Colliery Lines which provides information on the many
railway locomotives found employed by the region's pits.
A section has been provided that looks at the various
mishaps that occured from time to time on the railway, many of which
fortunately did not lead to loss of life or injury.
It is our intention to host film taken of the county's
railways system. In the meantime the following film clips are provided courtesy
of the BBC and feature on their web site in the 'Nation on Film' section. The
BBC takes you on a journey through the heritage of railways on the east coast
of Britain through rarely seen film footage in the Yorkshire Film Archive.
Yorkshire Film Archive - 01904 716 550.