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Clifton Mill Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Market Harborough

Parliamentary approval was gained on 18th June 1846, by the directors of the London and Birmingham Railway, for a secondary cross-country line from Rugby to Peterborough via Market Harborough. Known as the Rugby and Stamford Railway, the line opened in the same year as the company became part of the London and North Western Railway. The section of line from Rugby to Market Harborough was reported in the Rugby Advertiser to have been opened on 27th April 1850 for a Director's special train, with the line being opened for general traffic on 29th April 1850. The first timetables of the services available being published in the 8th June 1850 edition of the Rugby Advertiser. Originally single track, it was opened throughout as double track on 22nd July 1878. According to Peter Elliott in his book 'Rugby's Railway Heritage' (Anderson Publications ISBN 0 907917 06 2), Clifton Mill station opened some years later in November 1864. At grouping in 1923 (when 123 railway companies were grouped into four companies with the odd exception of two joint lines) it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The station was only briefly owned by British Railways, which was formed on 1st January 1948, being closed to passenger traffic on 6th April 1953, with the line to Market Harborough and Peterborough being closed on 6th June 1966. The Ordnance Survey maps seen below show a goods siding was installed from at least 1885 and in all probability from 1864 when the station first opened.

Looking in the direction of Rugby with the signal cabin and main station building being located on the left
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N Hatfield
Looking in the direction of Rugby with the signal cabin and main station building being located on the left
Close up showing Clifton Mill Station's Stationmaster standing with two members of staff and his children
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N Hatfield
Close up showing Clifton Mill Station's Stationmaster standing with two members of staff and his children
A LNWR locomotive on a local passenger service passes Clifton Mills' goods sidings as it aproaches the station
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Clifton Local History Group
A LNWR locomotive on a local passenger service passes Clifton Mills goods sidings as it aproaches the station
An Edwardian postcard showing the rear of Clifton Mill station's up platform seen from an adjacent field
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Postcard
An Edwardian postcard showing the rear of Clifton Mill station's up platform seen from an adjacent field
Close up showing the rear of Clifton Mill's up platform and the timber framed and clad station building
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Postcard
Close up showing the rear of Clifton Mill's up platform and the timber framed and clad station building

The station's up platform which accommodated the signal cabin and the station's main passenger facilities
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Clifton Local History Group
The station's up platform which accommodated the signal cabin and the station's main passenger facilities
Close up of showing the small platform mounted signal cabin based on the up platform and the sign 'Clifton Mill' above the window
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Clifton Local History Group
Close up showing the small platform mounted signal cabin and the 'Clifton Mill' sign above the window
Looking across to Clifton Mill station's down platform and the signal cabin located next to the main station building
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Anon
Looking across to Clifton Mill station's down platform and the signal cabin located next to the main station building
Looking towards Rugby with the signal cabin and main station buildings on the up platform on the right
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Postcard
Looking towards Rugby with the signal cabin and main station buildings on the up platform on the right
Close up showing the signal cabin and the duct in the platform face where the point and signal rodding exited
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Postcard
Close up showing the signal cabin and the duct in the platform face where the point and signal rodding exited

Close up showing the station's down platform and it's small timber framed and clad passenger waiting room
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Postcard
Close up showing the station's down platform and it's small timber framed and clad passenger waiting room
View showing the level crossing, the crossing keepers house, and a single passing loop siding
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LNWR Society
View showing the level crossing, the crossing keepers house, and a single passing loop siding
Close up showing the up passing loop siding complete with buffers stops at both ends plus a LNWR loading gauge
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LNWR Society
Close up of the up passing loop siding complete with buffers stops at both ends plus a LNWR loading gauge
Looking along the up platform towards Market Harborough with the main station building on the right
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LNWR Society
Looking along the up platform towards Market Harborough with the main station building on the right
A watercolour painting showing an ex-MR 4-4-0 2P drifting past Clifton Mill station's level crossing
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P Annable
A watercolour painting showing an ex-MR 4-4-0 2P drifting past Clifton Mill station's level crossing

An unknown Diesel locomotive heads a long train on what is probably the 3:58pm Birmingham New Street to Lowestoft service
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RCTS
An unknown Diesel locomotive heads what is probably the 3:58pm Birmingham New Street to Lowestoft service
A photograph of Robert Hatfield, stationmaster of Clifton Mill Station, from about 1880 to 1894
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N Hatfield
A photograph of Robert Hatfield, who was the stationmaster of Clifton Mill Station from c1880 to 1894
A photograph of Sarah Hatfield, wife of Clifton Mill Station's stationmaster from about 1880 to 1894
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N Hatfield
A photograph of Sarah Hatfield, wife of Clifton Mill Station's stationmaster from about 1880 to 1894

Locomotives at or near Clifton Mill station

Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42432 is seen at the head of a local passenger service as it waits to depart from the down platform at Clifton Mill
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Clifton Local History Group
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T No 42432 at the head of a local passenger service waiting to depart from Clifton Mill's down platform
A pair of ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5s', No 5419 and No 5430, pass Clifton Mill station on an up express in 1947
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GH Coltas
A pair of ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5s', No 5419 and No 5430, pass Clifton Mill station on an up express in 1947
Ex-MR 4-4-0 Class 483 No 408 stands at Clifton Mill station in mid-1930s whilst the driver appears to filling his billycan with water
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J Twells
Ex-MR 4-4-0 No 408 stands at Clifton Mill station whilst the driver appears to filling his billycan with water
Brush Type 2 A1A-A1A D5631 is seen approaching Rugby in 1966 having passed the long closed Clifton Mill station
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RCTS / C Haydon
Brush Type 2 A1A-A1A D5631 is seen approaching Rugby in 1966 having passed the long closed Clifton Mill station

Ordnance Survey Maps and Signal Cabin Diagram

Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding surveyed in 1885 and published 1888
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding surveyed in 1885 and published 1888
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1903 and published 1905
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1903 and published 1905
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1912 and published 1913
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1912 and published 1913
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1939 and published 1947
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map showing Clifton Mills station and up siding revised in 1939 and published 1947
Clifton Mill station's Signal Cabin Diagram of this 20 lever LNWR Tumbler Frame with 7 levers spare
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PJ Wortley
Clifton Mill station's Signal Cabin Diagram of this 20 lever LNWR Tumbler Frame with 7 levers spare