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LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

Bulkington

Atherstone station was opened by the London and North-Western Railway at the same time as the Trent Valley line was opened in 1847. The station originally had two platforms when the line consisted of double tracks. On 14th August 1871 a third line, a goods up slow line, was added which resulted in the station having three platforms, an island platform being built between the up slow and up fast lines. The station never had a goods yard and being in a rural area little passenger traffic was generated resulting in the station closing in 1931. Harry Jack of the LNWR society writes, 'I became interested in this old station building because of the name high up on the front. The style of lettering, with a full-stop at the end, is so unlike the later LNWR nameboards, but there were names in similar lettering ("condensed Scotch Roman" as a printer might describe it) at Rockingham, Theddingworth and Banbury. These stations were opened in 1850 which might suggest when this style was in use, and I'd guess that all the Trent Valley stations opened in 1847 had similarly lettered names at first.'

Bulkington station's main building which accommodated the station master home and the passenger facilities
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British Railways
Bulkington station's main building which accommodated the station master home and the passenger facilities
Close up of Bulkington station showing the station staff, including Stationmaster Turner, posing for the camera
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British Railways
Close up showing Bulkington station's staff, including Stationmaster Turner, posing for the camera
Stationmaster Turner, his wife and one Bulkington three signalmen pose for the camera circa 1900
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Charles Verrall
Stationmaster Turner, his wife and one Bulkington three signalmen pose for the camera circa 1900
Close up showing the station's original signal cabin erected in 1873 and prior to the renewal of the frame in 1911
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British Railways
Close up showing the station's original signal cabin erected in 1873 and prior to the renewal of the frame in 1911
Bulkington station viewed from a field opposite looking across to the main station and the timber waiting room
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G Edmands
Bulkington station viewed from a field opposite looking across to the main station and the timber waiting room

The station viewed from the road bridge above the down slow platform as a goods train passes on the up line
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G Edmands
The station viewed from the road bridge above the down slow platform as a goods train passes on the up line
The closed station seen during the installation of masts and supports for the overhead catenary in the 1960s
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Anon
The closed station seen during the installation of masts and supports for the overhead catenary
View of Bulkington station after the closure of the station and removal of the island platform and the installation of electric light signalling
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The station after closure and the removal of the island platform and the installation of electric light signalling
View of Bulkington station after the closure of the station and removal of platform fittings and fixtures circa 1949
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LGRP
View of Bulkington station after the closure of the station and removal of platform fittings and fixtures circa 1949
Bulkington stationmaster Mr Turner is seen briefing a member of  the station's staff circa 1900
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J Burton
Bulkington stationmaster Mr Turner is seen briefing a member of the station's staff circa 1900

View of Bulkington station after the closure of the station and removal of the island platform and the installation of electric light signalling
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B Freeman
View of Bulkington Station's stationmaster Mr Turner posed for the camera on the down platform at the station

Locomotives seen at or near Bulkington station

LNWR 2-2-2-0 Dreadnought Class No 507 'Marchioness of Stafford' stands at Bulkington station's down platform
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Charles Verrall
LNWR 2-2-2-0 Dreadnought Class No 507 'Marchioness of Stafford' stands at Bulkington station's down platform
An unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 'Small Jumbo' is seen at the head of a down local passenger train at Bulkington station
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WoW
An unidentified LNWR 2-4-0 'Small Jumbo' is seen at the head of a down local passenger train at Bulkington station
An unidentified LNWR 3P 4-4-0 George Fifth class locomotive is seen approaching Bulkington station at the head of an up express service
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AW Flowers
An unknown LNWR 3P 4-4-0 George V class locomotive at the head of an up express service approaches the station
Ex-LNWR 4F 4-6-0 No 8736, a 19 inch goods class locomotive, is seen on a down partially fitted fast freight racing towards Nuneaton
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AW Flowers
Ex-LNWR 4-6-0 19 inch goods class No 8736 heads a down partially fitted fast freight racing towards Nuneaton
An unidentified LMS 4-6-2 Coronation class locomotive is seen at the head of an up express approaching Bulkington station
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AW Flowers
An unknown LMS 4-6-2 Coronation class locomotive is seen approaching the station on an up express
LMS 2-6-0 'Hughes Crab' No 13117 is seen at the head of an up goods train on the slow line approaching Bulkington
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LMS 2-6-0 'Hughes Crab' No 13117 is seen at the head of an up goods train on the slow line approaching Bulkington
An unidentified LMS streamlined Coronation Class locomotive passes Bulkington station's 1936 signal cabin
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An unidentified LMS streamlined Coronation Class locomotive passes Bulkington station's 1936 signal cabin
Ex-LNER A4 No 60034 'Lord Farrington' is seen passing Bulkington signal box on the up Perth express during the 1948 locomotive exchanges
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Weston Collection
Ex-LNER A4 No 60034 'Lord Farrington' is seen passing Bulkington signal box on the up Perth express
Ex-Southern Railways 4-6-2 Merchant Navy class No 35017 'Belgian Marine' is seen at the head of an up Perth express
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Weston Collection
Ex-Southern Railways 4-6-2 Merchant Navy class No 35017 'Belgian Marine' is seen at the head of an up Perth express
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46203 'Princess Margaret Rose', a Princess Royal class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down express passing Marston Jabbett
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Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No 46203 'Princess Margaret Rose at the head of a down express passing Marston Jabbett

Ex-LMS 6P 4-6-0 Rebuilt Patriot No 455221 'Rhyl' is seen at the head of the up Manxman approaching Bulkington
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Ex-LMS 6P 4-6-0 Rebuilt Patriot No 455221 'Rhyl' at the head of the up Manxman approaching Bulkington
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No Princess Louise', a Princess Royal class locomotive, is seen on an up express train near Bulkington
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AW Flowers
Ex-LMS 8P 4-6-2 No Princess Louise', a Princess Royal class locomotive, is seen on an up express train near Bulkington