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Harvington Station (Worcestershire)

LMS Route: Evesham to Birmingham

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Brief overview of Harvington Station's history

Harvington station was the next stop on the line from Evesham and some two miles south of Salford Priors. Harvington station had the same configuration as others on the line that is it had a single-faced platform and a single siding goods yard. The station was however a block post with its siding incorporating a passing loop controlled by the signal box. The station opened on 16th June 1866 for passengers and 17th September 1866 for goods traffic when the section of line between Evesham and Alcester opened. From the start the service was provided by the Midland Railway despite the section between Redditch and Evesham not being taken over by the Midland Railway until 1882. The Evesham to Redditch section of the line was closed to passengers on 1st October 1962, initially on a temporary basis because of the poor condition of the track with a substitute bus service being provided. The temporary bus service became permanent when the passenger service between Evesham and Redditch was withdrawn with effect from 17th June 1963, the line completely closing on 6th July 1964 with the track being lifted by January 1965. Harvington Signal Box was opened on 2nd June 1891 and remained open until 1st March 1964 despite the station having been closed to all traffic on 1st October 1962. This was because the signal box operated as a block post, meaning that it controlled two separate sections of line, one towards Evesham and the other towards Broom Junction. Whereas the line was very useful as an alternative route to Gloucester via Lickey, local services on the line were rather limited and it is surprising that the station remained open for such a long time.

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Views of Harvington station

View of the approach from the village to Harvington station and its single siding with passing loop and goods yard
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RJ Essery
View of the approach from the village to Harvington station and its single siding with passing loop and goods yard
View of the station's booking office and passenger facilities on the right and the substantial private dwelling
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RJ Essery
View of the station's booking office and passenger facilities on the right and the substantial private dwelling
An Edwardian elevated view of Harvington station showing the abundance of decorative flowerbeds and ivy
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RJ Essery
An Edwardian elevated view of Harvington station showing the abundance of decorative flowerbeds and ivy
Looking towards north towards Redditch with the main station building and the goods yard on the left
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Anon
Looking towards north towards Redditch with the main station building and the goods yard on the left
Looking along the platform towards Redditch with the station no longer looking pristine
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D Tee
Looking along the platform towards Redditch with the station no longer looking pristine

Close up showing the station master's house and single-storey booking office and waiting rooms
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RJ Essery
Close up showing the station master's house and single-storey booking office and waiting rooms
MR 1P 2-4-0  No 165 is seen entering the station with a reasonably heavy train with passengers ready to embark
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Postcard
MR 1P 2-4-0 No 165 is seen entering the station with a reasonably heavy train with passengers ready to embark
A 1960s view of the station which, with its LMS station name board, could have been taken 25 years earlier
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M Clements
A 1960s view of the station which, with its LMS station name board, could have been taken 25 years earlier
Passengers wait on the platform as a train from Redditch is given  the all clear to proceed to Evesham
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M Clements
Passengers wait on the platform as a train from Redditch is given the all clear to proceed to Evesham
View showing the abandoned station building sometime after closure of the line with some demolition evident
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M Clements
View showing the abandoned station building sometime after closure of the line with some demolition evident

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Harvington station's goods siding and passing loop

Close up showing Harvington goods siding with the weighbridge office and weighbridge on the left
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RJ Essery
Close up showing Harvington goods siding with the weighbridge office and weighbridge on the left
Looking  southwards to Evesham and Harvington station from along side the passing loop
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RJ Essery
Looking southwards to Evesham and Harvington station from along side the passing loop
Close up showing the Redditch side of the station and goods yard in greater detail
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RJ Essery
Close up showing the Redditch side of the station and goods yard in greater detail
Looking towards Redditch with the passing loop on the left and the MR signal box on the right
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RJ Essery
Looking towards Redditch with the passing loop on the left and the MR signal box on the right
Close up showing the entrance to the passing loop, short shunting spur and loading gauge in greater detail
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RJ Essery
Close up of the entrance to the passing loop, short shunting spur and loading gauge in greater detail

Close up showing Harvington Signal Box and the lamp and staging to aid the transfer of the tablet
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RJ Essery
Close up showing Harvington Signal Box and the lamp and staging to aid the transfer of the tablet
Close up showing Harvington station's goods yard with a variety of vehicles stabled on the siding
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Anon
Close up showing Harvington station's goods yard with a variety of vehicles stabled on the siding
Close up showing greater detail of the platform and the various vehicles stabled in the goods siding
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RJ Essery
Close up showing greater detail of the platform and the various vehicles stabled in the goods siding

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Schematic Diagrams and Ordnance Survey Map of Harvington

An undated Ordnance Survey map showing the closeness of the station and goods sidings to Harvington village
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Ordnance Survey
An undated Ordnance Survey map showing the closeness of the station and goods sidings to Harvington village
Schematic Signalling Diagram showing Harvington station's layout and the lever number associated with each signal
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AE Overton
Schematic Signalling Diagram showing Harvington station's layout and the lever number associated with each signal