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Hampton in Arden Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

Hampton in Arden Station LNWR (63) Hampton B&DJR Station (29) Hampton Memories

The first station at Hampton was opened in April 1838 when the London & Birmingham Railway's (L&BR) line to Rugby came into operation. The Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway (B&DJR) opened their station at Hampton the following year in order to provide passengers from the north with a route to London via Whitacre. However other lines opened by constituent companies of what became the Midland Railway (MR) soon relegated the Whitacre to Hampton line no more than a single branch line. Despite the limited MR service from Whitacre the London North Western Railway (LNWR), the successor to the L&BR, continued to use their station first known both as Hampton as well as 'Derby Junction' followed by Hampton Junction and then later back to Hampton. The LNWR's Hampton in Arden station was opened by the LNWR on 1st September 1884. The LNWR station at Hampton was allegedly closed on the same day but photographic evidence would appear to show a new LNWR down platform structure built after 1884 but before 1890 when the LNWR erected a new signal cabin. its not known when the LNWR down platform was demolished. The road leading to the original station was subsequently name Old Station Road whilst the road adjacent to the new road side station building leading off the High Street to the goods yard was named Station Road.

The new station was built in a cutting beneath the road bridge carrying the High Street over the railway, its platforms being confined at each end; by the High Street bridge at the Birmingham end of the station and an occupation bridge at the Coventry end. The main station building providing accommodation for the station master and the parcels and booking office. The station building was built to a mock medieval style with an ornate porch, the uppermost window of which was to the quatrefoil pattern. At platform level the up and down platforms were provided with identical passenger facilities which included a general waiting room, a ladies waiting room which included a toilet and a gentlemen's toilet. As the gentlemen's toilets on both platforms were located at the Coventry end of the station they were mirror images of each other. The platform buildings conformed to the general style of LNWR timber structures, but with the medieval theme adopted for the road level building being superimposed on their design, particularly in the design of the window frames. The station serves a high class residential area, popular with both London and Birmingham businessmen, resulting in a number of semi-fast and express services calling at the station from LNWR days up to the time when British Rail opened Birmingham International.

The Midland Railway's goods yard continued to be used by the LNWR after the opening of the LNWR station. When this ceased and the LNWR Hampton in Arden's facilities opened is not certain but is thought to have been shortly afterwards. The goods yard provided by the LNWR at Hampton in Arden allowed for a complete range of services to be offered, the station and goods yard being noted in the period 1912 to 1920 to posses a 5 ton crane and could handle Goods traffic, Passenger and Parcels, Furniture vans etc, Live Stock, Horse Boxes and Carriages by Passenger Train. The goods accommodated a scrap yard at the Coventry end with a platform adjacent to the Workshop also noted as being within the yard's boundaries. The warehouse used to accommodate items of value was located on the rear of the two sidings provided. A landing dock used to cater for live stock and horses was located on the extended section of the first siding which, being in the form of a passing loop extending to the occupation bridge at the Coventry end of the station, enabled it to be used as a refuge siding for goods trains. The goods yard closed sometime in the 1960s with the extension to the down platform removing the passing loop siding and the electrification of the line coinciding with the removal of the yard.

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The following is an extract from one of Reg Kimber's scrapbooks compiled over 50 years.

HAMPTON-IN-ARDEN'S RAILWAY STATION

CHANGES IN A HUNDRED YEARS' -

A 'special article' appearing in the Coventry Standard in October 1938

The improvements to the bridge over the LMS railway at the northern exit of Hampton-in-Arden village have now been completed. Here the important roads to Birmingham and Coventry meet at what was formerly a bottle neck, and the view at this busy road junction was obscured by a lift tower on the east side and a high brick parapet opposite. All loading and unloading for the station had to be done on a roadway barely wide enough to carry two lines of traffic and having no through pavement for pedestrians. Now the width of the carriageway has been nearly doubled and a substantial pavement provided. The blind corner at the junction of Old Station Road has been rounded off so that there is a clear view of traffic coming from the direction of the village. A good deal of work was entailed in connection with sewers and water, gas and electric mains. Gas has been installed for the lighting of the station in place of the oil lamps which had been the method of illumination for one hundred years.

It is interesting to note that this part of the village has seen more changes than any other. The coming of the railway was the first. Until then the road to Birmingham forked left by the present Engine Hotel, which was formerly a farmhouse. After passing the old timber-framed cottages, which are soon to be demolished, and the turn to Bickenhill, the road continued due north through the Scout Field and linked up with the present Birmingham road near the old station. This road, which is marked on old maps at Knutsford Green Road, was blocked when the railway was made. A new road to Birmingham was constructed on the other side of the bridge and parallel with the railway, thus creating road conditions which became a problem for a future generation to solve.

A HUGE UNDERTAKING

The depth of the cutting through this part of the village necessitated the removal of large quantities of earth to form the embankment which was built south of Hampton-in-Arden Station across Bradnock's Marsh and Balsall Common, which had recently been enclosed. Many local men were engaged in this tremendous undertaking, and it is not surprising, that there were casualties, one of whom was William Limpitt, of Packington, who was buried by a fall of earth and seriously injured.

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Hampton in Arden Station

View of both the station building located at road level, which housed the booking office, and the goods yard access road which ran alongside
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P Hopkins
The road side station building housing the booking office, and the goods yard access road which ran alongside
View of the modified station booking hall showing the cantilevered roof over the main entrance much reduced and also the replacement bridge wall
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Preston Hendry
The modified station booking hall showing the cantilevered roof over the main entrance now much reduced in depth
View of Hampton in Arden's 1884 main station building which accommodated the booking office and was sited on the High Street on 23rd May 1955
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DJ Norton
Hampton in Arden's 1884 main station building which housed the booking office, sited on the High Street
A colour view of Hampton in Arden station looking towards Birmingham taken sometime at the turn of the 19th century
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M Bryant
A colour view of Hampton in Arden station looking towards Birmingham taken sometime at the turn of the 19th century
View of the station looking towards Birmingham with the down platform on the left and the up platform on the right
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Postcard
View of the station looking towards Birmingham with the down platform on the left and the up platform on the right

Close up showing the down platform building which contained the waiting room, ladies waiting room and toilet and gentlemen's toilet
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Postcard
Close up of the down platform building containing the waiting room, ladies waiting room & toilet and gentlemen's toilet
Close up showing the up platform building showing how the building was recessed into the bank and that this end was constructed in timber
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Postcard
Close up of the up platform building showing how the building was recessed into the embankment
View looking towards Birmingham showing the glazed passenger footbridge which ran alongside the road bridge
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Anon
Looking towards Birmingham showing the glazed passenger footbridge which ran alongside the road bridge
A late Victorian view of Hampton in Arden station looking towards Birmingham with a P&W working on the down line
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J Alsop
Victorian view of Hampton in Arden station looking towards Birmingham with a P&W working on the down line
Looking towards Birmingham in the 1950s with the station looking little different to when it first opened in 1884
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Anon
Looking towards Birmingham in the 1950s with the station looking little different to when it first opened in 1884

Close up showing the down platform building which comprised, left to right, gentlemenís, waiting room and ladies waiting room and toilet
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Anon
Another close up view of Hampton in Arden station's of the passenger building located on the down platform
Close up showing the up platform building, the passenger footbridge, gas lights suspended from the canopy and the very basic bench seating
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Anon
Close up of the up platform building, the passenger footbridge and gas lights suspended from the canopy
View looking towards Birmingham in 1930s showing the station had not changed significantly since it was first opened in 1884
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P Hopkins
Looking West in 1930s, a view showing the station had not changed significantly since it was first opened in 1884
Close up showing the relationship between the original 'Derby Junction' station ľ down the line and its LNWR replacement
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P Hopkins
Close up showing the original 'Derby Junction' station ¼ mile down the line and its LNWR replacement
View of the rear of the roadside station building and the passenger footbridge which allowed passengers to cross the line
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Anon
The rear of the roadside station building and the footbridge which allowed passengers to cross the line

Close up showing the small building on the down platform and how the passenger footbridge was also accessed from the roadside station building
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Anon
Close up showing the oil storage structure located on the down platform and the passenger footbridge
View looking towards Birmingham with the station 'sandwiched' between the farm bridge and High Street road bridge
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RS Carpenter
Looking towards Birmingham with the station 'sandwiched' between the farm bridge and High Street road bridge
Close up showing how compact the original 1884 Hampton in Arden station was compared to the 1964 rebuild
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing how compact the original 1884 Hampton in Arden station was compared to the 1964 rebuild
Looking towards Coventry with an ex-LMS 2-6-4T running bunker first arriving at Hampton in Arden on a down local passenger train
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry with an ex-LMS 2-6-4T running bunker first arriving on a down local passenger train
Close up showing some of the non-standard LNWR details incorporated into Hampton in Arden's platform buildings
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Anon
Close up of some of the non-standard LNWR details incorporated into Hampton in Arden's platform buildings

View from the up platform looking towards Coventry of Hampton in Arden station showing the passenger waiting rooms on both platforms
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Lens of Sutton
Looking East from the station's up platform showing the passenger waiting rooms located on both platforms
Looking from the up platform towards Hampton Junction and Marston Green station on 23rd May 1955
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DJ Norton
Looking from the up platform towards Hampton Junction and Marston Green station on 23rd May 1955
Close up showing the path which led from the road on the up side of the railway down to the platform
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M Mensing
Close up showing the pathway which led from the road on the up side of the railway down to the platform
Looking north to Hampton in Arden's down platform from the up side of the occupation bridge on 27th June 1961
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DJ Norton
Looking north to Hampton in Arden's down platform from the up side of the occupation bridge on 27th June 1961
Close up showing the goods yard structures and lineside Permanent Way hut sited to the south of the goods yard
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P Hopkins
Close up showing the goods yard structures and lineside Permanent Way hut sited to the south of the goods yard

Close up showing the trailing crossover from the up line into Hampton in Arden's goods sidings
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the trailing crossover from the up line into Hampton in Arden's goods sidings
Looking north from the occupation bridge towards the rebuilt road bridge on 21st August 1965
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C Gorton
Looking north from the occupation bridge towards the rebuilt road bridge on 21st August 1965
View looking south towards Coventry showing the station's platforms being extended for use by express services
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C Gorton
View looking south towards Coventry showing the station's platforms being extended for use by express services
Close up showing the position of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin in relation to the length of the extended platforms
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C Gorton
Close up showing the position of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin in relation to the length of the extended platforms
View of Hampton in Arden station's up platform building after the removal of the roof in March 1966
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J Powell Hendry
View of Hampton in Arden station's up platform building after the removal of the roof in March 1966

Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin and signals

View looking towards Coventry showing the signal box which stood mid-way between the up and down connections a little to the north of the goods yard
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RS Carpenter
Hampton in Arden signal cabin sited mid-way between the up and down connections to the south of the station
View of a Drott being used to remove stone ballast from the up line adjacent to Hampton in Arden signal box circa 1960s
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M Bryant
View of a Drott being used to remove stone ballast from the up line adjacent to Hampton in Arden signal cabin
The lower quadrant  signal gives right of way to a Metro-Cammell 3 Car DMU to pass Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin on 27th June 1961
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DJ Norton
The lower quadrant signal gives right of way to a 3 Car DMU to pass Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin
View of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin viewed from the end of the newly extended down platform
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Powell Hendry
View of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin viewed from the end of the newly extended down platform
Looking towards Berkswell station with Hampton in Arden goods yard seen in the distance on the right on 27th June 1961
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Berkswell station with Hampton in Arden goods yard seen in the distance on the right

Hampton in Arden's up starter signal, a combination of pre-grouping and grouping equipment seen on 27th June 1961
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DJ Norton
Hampton in Arden's up starter signal, a combination of pre-grouping and grouping equipment on 27th June 1961
Down platform starter signal located at the end of the West end of the down platform beneath the road bridge
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DJ Norton
Down platform starter signal located at the West end of the down platform beneath the road bridge

Maps and signal diagram of the station and goods yard

Map of the station showing the passenger facilities on both platforms together with the main station building
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Ordnance Survey
Map of the station showing the passenger facilities on both platforms together with the main station building
Looking towards Coventry with an ex-LMS 2-6-4T running bunker first arriving at Hampton in Arden on a down local passenger train
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Ordnance Survey
Map of Hampton in Arden's goods yard and shed which was located to the East and the down side of the station
Schematic of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin's diagram showing the signals controlling the up and down lines
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Powell Hendry
Schematic of Hampton in Arden Signal Cabin's diagram showing the signals controlling the up and down lines

Locomotives seen at or near Hampton in Arden

LMS 4-4-0 Compound No 1162 is seen at the head of a down express approaching Hampton in Arden station in April 1927
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WL Good
LMS 4-4-0 Compound No 1162 is seen at the head of a down express approaching Hampton in Arden station
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1076 is seen at the head of an up express train just to the south of Hampton in Arden goods yard circa 1930s
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P Hopkins
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1076 heads an up express train just to the south of Hampton in Arden goods yard
LMS 4P Compound No 1053 is seen with steam blowing off from its safety valves whilst on an up two-hour express service near Hampton in Arden
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WL Good
LMS 4P 4-4-0 No 1053 is blowing off steam whilst on an up two-hour express service near Hampton in Arden
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1111 is at the head of one of Birmingham's famed two-hour down express trains from Euston
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WL Good
LMS 4P 4-4-0 No 1111 heads one of Birmingham's famed two-hour down express trains from Euston
An unidentified LNWR 0-6-0 18" Goods Engine is seen working a local all stations passenger service near Hampton in Arden in July 1921
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WL Good
An LNWR 0-6-0 18" Goods Engine works an all stations passenger service nr Hampton in Arden in July 1921

LNWR 3P George V class No 228 'E Nettlefild' is seen at the head of an up Birmingham to Euston express service in July 1921
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WL Good
LNWR 3P George V class No 228 'E Nettlefild' heads an up Birmingham to Euston express service in July 1921
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1134 is seen at the head of a down four-coach express train near Hampton in Arden in April 1927
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WL Good
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1134 heads a down 4 coach express train near Hampton in Arden in April 1927
A pair of LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compounds No 1106 and No 1163 are seen at the head of a long up Birmingham to Euston express service
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P Hopkins
Pair of LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compounds No 1106 & No 1163 head a Birmingham to Euston express service
LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 811 'Express' is seen on a down express to Wolverhampton near Hampton in Arden
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P Hopkins
LNWR 3P 4-4-0 No 811 'Express' heads a down Wolverhampton express near Hampton in Arden
Ex-LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 Claughton class No 6019 'Lewellyn' is seen near Hampton in Arden heading an up local passenger train to Rugby
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 Claughton class No 6019 'Lewellyn' heading an up local passenger train to Rugby

Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 303 'Himalaya' is seen in April 1927.at the head of a local passenger train
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WL Good
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 303 'Himalaya' is seen in April 1927.at the head of a local passenger train
Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower No 8613 is seen on a local passenger service near Hampton in Arden in April 1927
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Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower No 8613 is seen on a local service near Hampton in Arden in April 1927
LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower No 422 is seen at the head of an up Birmingham to Rugby local passenger service in July 1921
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WL Good
LNWR 2F 0-6-0 Cauliflower No 422 is seen at the head of an up Birmingham to Rugby local passenger service
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5902 'Sir Frank Ree' is seen at the head of a two-hour Birmingham and Euston express
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WL Good
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 5902 'Sir Frank Ree' is seen at the head of a 2-hour Birmingham and Euston express
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 5588 'Kashmir' passes through Hampton in Arden station at speed at the head of an up express train
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P Hopkins
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 5588 'Kashmir' passes through the station at speed at the head of an up express train

A LNWR 0-8-0 G1 class goods locomotive is seen at the head of an up local goods train as it approaches Hampton formerly 'Derby Junction' station
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WL Good
A LNWR 0-8-0 G1 class goods locomotive heads an up local goods train as it approaches Hampton station
British Railways built 4-6-0 5MT No 44713 passes beneath the road bridge on an up express thought to be the 3:55pm New Street to Peterborough service
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DJ Norton
BR built 4-6-0 5MT No 44713 on an up express thought to be the 3:55pm New Street to Peterborough service
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 44867 passes the goods yard on the 3:55pm Birmingham to Peterborough service
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 44867 passes the goods yard on the 3:55pm Birmingham to Peterborough service
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Rebuilt Scot class No 46162 'Queens Westminster Riflemen' on theDown Mid day Scot diverted from Trent Valley
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Rebuilt Scot class No 46162 'Queens Westminster Riflemen' on the Down Mid-day Scot
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Rebuilt Royal Scot class No 45735 'Comet' is seen at the head of the 4 30pm New St to Euston express service on 2nd June 1957
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Rebuilt Royal Scot class No 45735 'Comet' heads the 4:30pm New Street to Euston express service

BR built 4-6-0 5MT No 44715 passes over the River Blythe on what is thought to be the 5:48pm New Street to Rugby service on 27th June 1963
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M Mensing
BR built 4-6-0 5MT No 44715 passes over the River Blythe on a New Street to Rugby service on 27th June 1963
A newly introduced three-car Metro-Cammell DMU stands at Hampton in Arden's up platform on 15th June 1958
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M Mensing
Newly introduced three-car Metro-Cammell DMU stands at Hampton in Arden's up platform on 15th June 1958
View of unidentified LMS 2-6-0 Stanier Mogul on an up local service freight train leaving the goods yard with the yard seen in the distance
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M Bryant
An ex-LMS 2-6-0 Stanier Mogul leaves the goods yard on an up local freight with the yard seen in the distance