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Bedworth Station

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Bedworth Station will perhaps be best remembered as the station which was being modernised at the time its closure was being announced. When the local press carried the first news of British Railways' plans to end passenger services on the line, workmen were rebuilding the platforms. On the Nuneaton side of the station was a yard which not only handled freight for the town itself but which also served a near by brickworks. The local pits were the main source of employment in the area in the 19th century and miner's excursions were frequently run from Bedworth. On Whit Tuesday in 1883, for instance, the owners of Charity Colliery ran an excursion for their employees and friends, the destination being London and the fare four shillings (20 new pence). Whilst on the subject of fares, on the opening day of the railway the fare from Bedworth to Coventry was sixpence (2 ½ new pence) first class, fourpence second class and threepence (thruppence) third class.

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Looking towards Nuneaton showing Bedworth station's original station building on the down platform with the goods yard on the right
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Looking towards Nuneaton showing Bedworth station's original station building on the down platform with the goods yard on the right
Close up showing the original main station building with the goods shed on the left and in between the two, the exit for passengers
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Close up showing the original main station building with the goods shed on the left and in between the two, the exit for passengers
Close up showing Bedworth station's goods yard and sidings together with various other buildings located to the side of the station
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Close up showing Bedworth station's goods yard and sidings together with various other buildings located to the side of the station
Looking towards Nuneaton from the Coventry end of the up platform and showing the substantial passenger facilities on the down platform
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Looking towards Nuneaton from the Coventry end of the up platform and showing the substantial passenger facilities on the down platform
Looking from the down platform towards the main station building on the up platform with Bulkington Road bridge in the distance
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Looking from the down platform towards the main station building on the up platform with Bulkington Road bridge in the distance

View showing Bedworth's  main passenger building situated on the up platform whilst on the left is the main approach to the station
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View showing Bedworth's main passenger building situated on the up platform whilst on the left is the main approach to the station
Looking towards Coventry from the Nuneaton end of Bedworth station's up platform with the down platform building on the right
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Looking towards Coventry from the Nuneaton end of Bedworth station's up platform with the down platform building on the right
Close up showing Bedworth station's substantially brick built passenger building complete with booking office and two waiting rooms
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Peter Lee
Close up showing Bedworth station's substantially brick built passenger building complete with booking office and two waiting rooms
View of the booking hall and office situated on Bedworth station's down platform which passengers walked through to gain access
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View of the booking hall and office situated on Bedworth station's down platform which passengers walked through to gain access
View of one Bedworth station's British Railways 'Totem' station name boards that were fitted to lampposts from 1954 onwards
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View of one Bedworth station's British Railways 'Totem' station name boards that were fitted to lampposts from 1954 onwards

Photograph of runaway Newdigate Colliery coal wagons which had finished up derailed in the Griff arm of Coventry Canal
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Coventry & Warwickshire Graphic
Photograph of runaway Newdigate Colliery coal wagons which had finished up derailed in the Griff arm of Coventry Canal
British Railways Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No 75013 is seen approaching the station on the 5:05pm Coventry to Nuneaton local service
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British Railways Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No 75013 is seen approaching the station on the 5:05pm Coventry to Nuneaton local service
Ex-LMS Class 5 2-6-0 No 42981 is seen approaching the station whilst at the head of a Permanent Way train made up of 'Catfish' wagons
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Ex-LMS Class 5 2-6-0 No 42981 is seen approaching the station whilst at the head of a Permanent Way train made up of 'Catfish' wagons