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Yardley Wood Platform

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Yardley Wood Platform, opened 1908, was the third station along the North Warwickshire line from Tyseley towards Stratford upon Avon and due to the level of facilities provided was obviously considered by the GWR to to offer potential for future growth. Unlike any other stations on the line it had a Booking Office and Waiting Room located at road level adjacent to the bridge that crossed the line. Access to both platforms was off Highfield Road via two sloping pathways, from either side of the bridge, to each platform. The station had no goods facilities because presumably the stations on either side had goods facilities. Two semi-detached houses were built on the down side of the station facing out on to Highfield Road. These were provided for station staff of which three provided cover when the station first opened on 1st July 1908.

Much of the information on this and other pages of Warwickshire Railways is derived from articles or books listed in our 'bibliography'.

Looking towards Trittiford Road showing Yardley Wood station's road side booking office on Highfield Road
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Postcard
Looking towards Trittiford Road showing Yardley Wood station's road side booking office on Highfield Road
Close up of of the booking office, waiting room and access to the down platform from the gated entrance
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Postcard
Close up of of the booking office, waiting room and access to the down platform from the gated entrance
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the down platform on the left and the up platform on the right
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Postcard
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon with the down platform on the left and the up platform on the right
Close up showing the down platform waiting room which accommodated only a general waiting room and toilets
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Postcard
Close up showing the down platform waiting room which accommodated only a general waiting room and toilets
Close up of the up platform building which also housed a separate ladies waiting room and toilets
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the up platform building which also housed a separate ladies waiting room and toilets

View of Yardley Wood Platform looking towards Birmingham with the up platform and buildings on the left and beyond the roadside booking office
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P Hopkins
Looking towards Birmingham with the up platform on the left and beyond, the roadside booking office
Close up of the up platform building with its two chimneys for three fireplaces in the waiting rooms and ladies
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P Hopkins
Close up of the up platform building with its two chimneys for three fireplaces in the waiting rooms and ladies
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon as an unidentified 'motor fitted' GWR 517 class 0-4-2T locomotive propels a 'push-pull' train from Yardley Wood
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Lens of Sutton
Looking south as a 'motor fitted' GWR 517 class 0-4-2T locomotive propels a 'push-pull' train from Yardley Wood
Looking towards Stratford upon Avon from the Birmingham end of the up platform showing the station has changed little fifty years
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Lens of Sutton
Looking north from the Birmingham end of the up platform showing the station has changed little fifty years
Close up of the down platform brick-built building which comprised the single waiting room and on the far side the gentlemen's toilets
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the down platform building and its single waiting room and, on the far side, the gentlemen's toilets

Looking towards Birmingham and Highfield Road bridge showing the station in the final years of steam operation on the line
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Highfield Road bridge showing the station in the final years of steam operation on the line
Close up showing the up platform building viewed from the Stratford upon Avon side of Yardley Wood station with the Highfield Road bridge beyond
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the up platform building viewed from the Stratford upon Avon side of Yardley Wood station
Close up showing the footpath from Highfield Road to the down platform which still retains its timber railings on the path and the GWR arrow head metal railings
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the footpath from Highfield Road to the down platform still retaining its timber and metal railings
Looking north towards Highfield Road bridge in the early 1960s, a scene little changed in half a century
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Stations UK
Looking north towards Highfield Road bridge in the early 1960s, a scene little changed in half a century
Side view of Yardley Wood Platform's Booking Office which was located adjacent to the bridge at road level
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BPC
Side view of Yardley Wood Platform's Booking Office which was located adjacent to the bridge at road level

Trains seen at Yardley Wood Halt

Close up showing an unidentified motor fitted GWR 517 class 0-4-2T locomotive which has been sandwiched between two GWR Autocoaches
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the unidentified motor fitted GWR 517 class
0-4-2T locomotive sandwiched between two Autocoaches
GWR 4-6-0 Hall class No 5930 'Hanngton Hall' is seen passing through the station at speed whilst at the head of a down West Country excursion train
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P Hopkins
GWR 4-6-0 No 5930 'Hanngton Hall' passes through at the head of a down West Country excursion train
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 5306 passes through Yardley Wood on a down empty stock working in August 1959
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M Mensing
Ex-GWR 2-6-0 43xx Class No 5306 passes through Yardley Wood on a down empty stock working in August 1959
 A recently introduced Diesel Multiple Unit stands at Yardley Wood Halt's up platform on 15th May 1959
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J Sellick
A recently introduced Diesel Multiple Unit stands at Yardley Wood Platform's up platform on 15th May 1959
BR Sulzer 45 010, is seen at the head of the evening Bescot to Severn Tunnel Junction freight on 22nd June 1976
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G Dowling
BR Sulzer 45010, is at the head of the evening Bescot to Severn Tunnel Junction freight on 22nd June 1976

Ex-GWR 4-6-0 10xx Class No 1011 'County of Chester' on a down freight on 21st September 1964
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RJ Buckley
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 10xx Class No 1011 'County of Chester' on a down freight on 21st September 1964

Ordnance Survey Maps of Yardley Wood Platform

A 1916 Ordnance Survey Map showing the access to and configuration of Yardley Wood station
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Ordnance Survey
A 1916 Ordnance Survey Map showing the access to and configuration of Yardley Wood Platform
A 1937 OS Map showing the station which, other than additional roadside buildings, retains the same layout
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Ordnance Survey
A 1937 OS Map showing the station which, other than additional roadside buildings, retains the same layout