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Bearley Station

GWR Route: Hatton to Bearley and Alcester Branch

Bearley station was originally built as part of the independent Stratford Upon Avon Railway which opened on 9th October 1860. Operated by the GWR, it was originally a branch line from the GWR's Oxford to Birmingham route, connecting at Hatton and for a few years it was of mixed gauge being able to take broad gauge traffic from the beginning until 1869, although after 1863 most trains were standard gauge.

Robert Ferris

Bearley Station (33) Bearley East, West and North Junctions (50)
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The Original 1860 Bearley Station

Looking towards Hatton from the Stratford end of the down platform with the main station goods and passenger facilities on the left
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P Hopkins
Looking towards Hatton from the Stratford end of the down platform with the goods and passenger facilities on the left
Close up showing the goods shed and a rake of five open mineral wagons standing in front of the cattle dock
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P Hopkins
Close up showing the goods shed and a rake of five open mineral wagons standing in front of the cattle dock
Close up showing the down platform on the left with its original William Clarke designed main station building
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P Hopkins
Close up of the down platform on the left with its original William Clarke designed main station building
An Edwardian view looking towards Bearley Junction showing the original Bearley station with station master's house on the right
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Lens of Sutton
A view looking towards Bearley Junction showing the original Bearley station and station master's house
A view of the original Stratford upon Avon Railway station looking towards Bearley Junction
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LGRP
A view of the original Stratford upon Avon Railway station looking towards Bearley Junction

Close up showing Bearley East signal box at the Stratford upon Avon end of the original station
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LGRP
Close up showing Bearley East signal box at the Stratford upon Avon end of the original station
Close up showing the sidings in the distance and the mineral wagons adjacent to the goods shed
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LGRP
Close up showing the sidings in the distance and the mineral wagons adjacent to the goods shed
The platform to Stratford upon Avon with the station sign advising to change for Great Alne and Alcester
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LGRP
The platform to Stratford upon Avon with the station sign advising to change for Great Alne and Alcester
Bearley Station looking east towards Claverdon with the original down platform seen on the right circa 1920-22
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Stations UK
Bearley Station looking east towards Claverdon with the original down platform seen on the right circa 1920-22
Close up showing beyond the platforms is the girder bridge carrying the railway over the main Birmingham to Stratford road
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Stations UK
Close up showing the girder bridge carrying the railway over the main Birmingham to Stratford road

Close up showing the Wilmecote end of Bearley Station building with the original Goods Shed on the left
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Stations UK
Close up of the Wilmecote end of Bearley Station building with the original Goods Shed on the left

The rebuilt 1939 Bearley Station

View from the new passenger footbridge looking along the new platform extensions towards Hatton
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AT Locke/KRM
View from the new passenger footbridge looking along the new platform extensions towards Hatton
Close up of showing the new trailing cross-over beyond the road bridge and other more temporary connections
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AT Locke/KRM
Close up of showing the new trailing cross-over beyond the road bridge and other more temporary connections
View of the extended platform and new footbridge from the Bearley Junction end of the station
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R Carpenter
View of the extended platform and new footbridge from the Bearley Junction end of the station
Close up showing the front elevation of the original 1876 main station building with porter's trollies on the platform
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R Carpenter
Close up showing the front elevation of the 1876 main station building with porter's trollies on the platform
Close up showing the station's rebuilt 1939 down platform building with its extended canopy and new footbridge
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R Carpenter
Close up showing the station's rebuilt 1939 down platform building with its extended canopy and new footbridge

The Hatton end of Bearley Station viewed from the road bridge, showing the new platform extensions on 19th May 1939
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R Carpenter
The Hatton end of Bearley Station viewed from the road bridge, showing the new platform extensions
Close up looking towards Bearley Junction, with Alcester branch auto train in the up platform
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R Carpenter
Close up looking towards Bearley Junction, with Alcester branch auto train in the up platform
Looking towards Hatton along the up platform with the main station building located on the up platform and the goods shed on the left
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Lens of Sutton
Looking along the up platform with the main station building and the goods shed located on the up platform
Close up showing Bearley station's down platform and the station sign which has been changed to read just Bearley
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of Bearley station's down platform and the station sign which has been changed to read just Bearley
Looking along the rebuilt station's up platform towards a deserted goods yard and Bearley Junction in 1959
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Lens of Sutton
Looking along the rebuilt station's up platform towards a deserted goods yard and Bearley Junction in 1959

Close up showing Bearley East Junction Signal Box and the signal gantry controlling the line to Stratford on Avon and the north curve
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing Bearley East Junction Signal Box and the signal gantry controlling the line to Stratford on Avon
View showing the extensions to both platforms and on the left, the buffer stop erected at the end of the siding
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Stations UK
View showing the extensions to both platforms and on the left, the buffer stop erected at the end of the siding
Rear elevation of main station building showing the original weighbridge office and part of goods shed
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AT Locke/KRM
Rear elevation of main station building showing the original weighbridge office and part of goods shed

Locomotives and trains seen at or near Bearley Station

GWR Collett 48xx class 0-4-2T No 4801 is seen standing at Bearley having arrived from Alcester on 16th September 1937
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RJ Buckley
GWR Collett 0-4-2T No 4801 is seen standing at Bearley having arrived from Alcester on 16th September 1937
GWR 48xx Class 0-4-2T No 4801 assembles a mixed train at Bearley's up platform before working through to Alcester
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MJ Deane
GWR 0-4-2T No 4801 assembles a mixed train at Bearley's up platform before working through to Alcester
Close up showing the mixed train being assembled by the station porter who is standing ready to couple up the van
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MJ Deane
Close up showing the mixed train being assembled by the station porter who is standing ready to couple up the van
The 9:36 am mixed train for Alcester is seen waiting to depart from Bearley circa 1938
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Bert Bromwich/KRM
The 9:36 am mixed train for Alcester is seen waiting to depart from Bearley circa 1938
Close up showing the goods wagons being shunted forward into the goods yard by the 0-4-2T locomotive
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Bert Bromwich/KRM
Close up showing the goods wagons being shunted forward into the goods yard by the 0-4-2T locomotive

GWR 0-4-2T No 4814 with a Stratford Mop Special mixed train can be seen waiting at Bearley
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Bert Bromwich/KRM
GWR 0-4-2T No 4814 with a Stratford Mop Special mixed train can be seen waiting at Bearley
Collett 48xx class 0-4-2T No 4816 arrives at Bearley with a mixed train from Alcester on 2nd August 1938
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Anon
Collett 48xx class 0-4-2T No 4816 arrives at Bearley with a mixed train from Alcester on 2nd August 1938
GWR railway photo
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P Hopkins
GWR 4-4-0 No 3314 'Mersey' a Bulldog class locomotive is seen here on an up goods train leaving Bearley

Ordnance Survey map of Bearley Station

Ordnance Survey map showing Bearley Station and goods shed on the right and East Junction on the left
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Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey map showing Bearley Station and goods shed on the right and East Junction on the left