·  LMS  ·  GWR  ·  LNER  ·  Misc  ·  Stations  ·  What's New  ·  Video  ·  Guestbook  ·  About

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Kenilworth Junction

Kenilworth Junction was created by the building of the 'cut off' branch to Berkswell which opened for passenger traffic on 2nd March 1884. Built by the LNWR as an alternative route to the GWR's services between Leamington and Birmingham, the line never attracted the number of passengers which the GWR route attracted. In 1910 only six trains used the line on weekdays, two being Rugby - Birmingham via Leamington services but this had reduced to just one service by the time the railways were nationalised in 1948. The route was however much more useful for the transportation of goods traffic as it avoided Coventry and the West Coast Main Line at Rugby. For a more detailed history Robin Leach's book Rails to Kenilworth and Milverton cannot be bettered. Local Leamington to Coventry passenger services continued until 1965 when the service was withdrawn. The Berkswell 'cut off', which had been extensively used in the mid-1960s as a diversionary route during the electrification of the Birmingham to London and Trent Valley lines, was closed on 1st March 1969.

The LNWR had invested considerably in the locality in the mid-to-late 1880s building not just the Berkswell branch, but also carried out the doubling of the Leamington to Rugby line together with the the doubling of the Leamington to Coventry branch as far as the Junction. This reflected both the need of the LNWR to compete with the GWR for the lucrative Leamington to Birmingham passenger traffic as well as providing alternative routes for south bound goods traffic. Both the London to Birmingham and Trent Valley lines were at full capacity and therefore there was a pressing need for the LNWR to provide goods traffic with alternative routes. The Nuneaton to Coventry line was considered by the LNWR at the time as being one of its most profitable secondary lines. As the Coventry to Leamington line was a significant adjunct to this line its not unreasonable to assume it too was a significant generator of revenue for the company.

Ray Sharratt, who worked out of Coventry shed, writes 'The siding from the junction (see image 'lnwrkj178') was referred to as 'Streets Siding' and in earlier days it serviced a few different business. During my time at Coventry between 1959 and 1963, the only business served by the siding was Stickleys scrap metal yard. We would drop empty coal wagons into the yard and then bring them out loaded with scrap a few days later. It was a severe climb back up to the junction and two loaded wagons were the maximum that our Ivatt (Class 2) 2-6-0 could manage. That leads me onto images 'lnwrkj3128' and 'lnwrkj3129' – After finishing our shunting movements, it was normal for us to draw our train onto the Berkswell branch and stop in a similar position as the engine in the photographs. We would then wait for the local Leamington to Nuneaton passenger train to pass the junction and continue along the single line to Gibbet Hill. We would then reverse out onto the 'main line' and then follow the passenger train to Coventry. I would suggest that the engine in the photographs is probably doing something similar. The only signal for this movement was from the 'main line' and onto the branch No signals existed to set back onto the 'main line'. It was done by word of mouth by the signalman. If you note where the points are situated by the engine, it positions the engine directly opposite the signal box. This meant that the signalman could not forget the engine and could easily pass the necessary instructions to the crew to set back. Regarding the engine lamp code, it is displaying one lamp over the front left buffer. This was the code for a local trip working freight. The 8th, September, 1963 was a Sunday and I would think that the engine was working an engineers/permanent way train and was standing on the branch out of the way of the workings. The wheelbarrow would perhaps support this theory along with the reporting number on the engine. The footplate looks deserted and I would suggest that the crew were in the signal box socialising with the signalman'.

Much of the information on this and other pages of Warwickshire Railways is derived from articles or books listed in our 'bibliography'.

Looking towards Kenilworth station with the Berkswell curve off to the right and the sidings to the tannery and coal yard in the distance
Ref: lnwrkj178
Anon
Looking towards Kenilworth station with the Berkswell curve off to the right and the sidings in the distance
Close up of the Signal Cabin with the lever frame clearly positioned to the right over looking the curve to Berkswell
Ref: lnwrkj178a
Anon
Close up of the Signal Cabin with the lever frame clearly positioned to the right over looking the curve to Berkswell
Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin located between the Berkswell branch and the single branch line to Coventry
Ref: lnwrkj180a
G Coltas
Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin located between the Berkswell branch and the single branch line to Coventry
View of Kenilworth Junction Signal Box as ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9130 slows down to allow the fireman to collect the token
Ref: lnwrkj180
G Coltas
Kenilworth Junction Signal Box as ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9130 slows to allow the fireman to collect the token
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 'Precursor class' No 25306 'Lang Meg' is seen at the head of a local Leamington to Coventry passenger service
Ref: lnwrkj174
A Stringer
Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 'Precursor class' No 25306 'Lang Meg' is seen at the head of a local up passenger service

Close up showing the ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 'Precursor class'  with the signalman standing by the track ready to hand over the train staff
Ref: lnwrkj174a
A Stringer
Close up showing No 25306 with the signalman standing by the track ready to hand over the train staff
View of an unidentified ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 locomotive coming off the Berkswell branch whilst at the head of an up coal train
Ref: lnwrkj176
A Stringer
An ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 locomotive coming off the Berkswell branch whilst at the head of an up coal train
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6660, running bunker first, has just exchanged the token with the signalman as it accelerates towards Kenilworth station
Ref: lnwrkj197
G Coltas
Ex-LNWR 1P 2-4-2T No 6660, running bunker first, has just exchanged the token with the signalman
An unidentified ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' accelerates from Kenilworth Junction whilst at the head of a train of empty mineral wagons
Ref: lnwrkj203
A Stringer
An unidentified ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' accelerates from the Junction with a train of empty mineral wagons
Close up showing ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9130's fireman standing on the outside of the footplate ready to collect the token
Ref: lnwrkj180b
G Coltas
Close up of ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 9130's fireman standing on the outside of the footplate to collect the token

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48757 is running light engine and tender first as the signalman stretches out of the box to pass over the train staff
Ref: lnwrkj179
G Coltas
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48757 nears the signalman as he stretches out of the box to pass over the train staff
British Railways Standard class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 slows down to allow its fireman to collect the train staff from Frank Prew
Ref: lnwrkj2053
P Kingston
BR Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 slows down to allow its fireman to collect the train staff from Frank Prew
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No 41285 is seen running bunker first as it slows down to collect the train staff from the signalman
Ref: lnwrkj2056
E Rush
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41285 running bunker first as it slows down to deliver the train staff to the signalman
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No 41228 draws away from Kenilworth Junction at the head of a two-coach local passenger service
Ref: lnwrkj196
G Coltas
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41228 draws away from Kenilworth Junction at the head of a local passenger service
An unidentified Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T tank locomotive is seen running bunker first as the driver collects the train staff from the signalman
Ref: lnwrkj2051
A Searle
An unidentified 2MT 2-6-2T locomotive is running bunker first as the driver delivers the train staff to the signalman

Ex-LMS 'Stanier Black 5' No 45324 carries a 2F shed plate as it crests the single line at Gibbet Hill with a long goods train comprised of vans
Ref: lnwrkj184
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 'Stanier Black 5' No 45324 crests the single line at Gibbet Hill with a long goods train comprised of vans
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48646, allocated to 2E Northampton shed, is passing under a road bridge at the head of a mineral train
Ref: lnwrkj202
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48646, allocated to 2E Northampton shed, heads a mineral train beneath the bridge
British Railways Standard class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 is seen heading a mineral train coming off the single line by Kenilworth Junction box
Ref: lnwrkj198
R Hickman
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 heads a mineral train coming off the single line from Coventry
British Railways Standard class 9F 2-10-0 No 92067, of 2D shed, is seen heading a freight train with a special load of  three brake vans
Ref: lnwrkj201
R Hickman
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92067 is heading a freight train with a special load of three brake vans
British Railways Standard Class 9F No 92128 is throwing unburned coal whilst working an up mineral train towards Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj182
R Hickman
BR Class 9F No 92128 is throwing unburned coal whilst working an up mineral train towards Kenilworth Junction

British Railways Standard class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 is seen heading a mineral train coming off the single line by Kenilworth Junction box
Ref: lnwrkj2957
A Searle
Ex-LMS 4F 0-6-0 No 44395 on a New Street to Leamington local service on the up line of the Berkswell Loop
BR built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41322 is working a down two-coach local passenger service to Leamington
Ref: lnwrkj186
Anon
British Railways built 2MT 2-6-2T No 41322 is working a down two-coach local passenger service to Leamington
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT No 41321 is moving at pace as it heads a two-coach Coventry to Leamington local passenger service
Ref: lnwrkj187
G Coltas
BR built 2MT No 41321 moves at pace heading a two-coach Coventry to Leamington local passenger service
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46420 heads a local passenger service as it passes under Gibbet Hill bridge
Ref: lnwrkj177
G Coltas
BR built 2MT 2-6-0 No 46420 heads a local passenger service as it passes under Gibbet Hill bridge
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 works an empty mineral train to Nuneaton as the fireman readies to collect the staff
Ref: lnwrkj181
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 works an empty mineral train to Nuneaton as the fireman readies to collect the staff

BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 is seen passing under Common Lane bridge on a Type 8 working
Ref: lnwrkj3118
R Hickman
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92151 is seen passing under Common Lane bridge on a Type 8 working
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92128 is seen on a Type 8 working approaching Gibbet Hill from Kenilworth
Ref: lnwrkj3119
R Hickman
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92128 is seen on a Type 8 working approaching Gibbet Hill from Kenilworth
British Railways built 2-6-2T No 41232 approaches Kenilworth Junction to collect the single line staff
Ref: lnwrkj3130
R Hickman
British Railways built 2-6-2T No 41232 approaches Kenilworth Junction to collect the single line staff
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Berkswell Junction and Kenilworth Junction signal box
Ref: lnwrkj3121
R Hickman
BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92013 approaches Kenilworth Junction at the head of a coal train
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48751 heads a Type 8 working from the North Warwickshire coalfields past Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj3122
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48751 heads a working from the North Warwickshire coalfields past Kenilworth Junction

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48751 exchanges the staff with signalman Frank Prew at Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj3122a
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48751 exchanges the staff with signalman Frank Prew at Kenilworth Junction
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48646 passes under the skew bridge on the Kenilworth side of Hill Wootton & Leek Wootton Crossroads
Ref: lnwrkj3123
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48646 passes under the skew bridge of Hill Wootton & Leek Wootton Crossroads
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48121 approaches Kenilworth Junction after failing at Gibbet Hill on 5th August 1965
Ref: lnwrkj3124
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48121 approaches Kenilworth Junction after failing at Gibbet Hill on 5th August 1965
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 45324 Stanier Class 5 approaches Gibbet Hill on an up express fitted freight service
Ref: lnwrkj3125
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 45324 Stanier Class 5 approaches Gibbet Hill on an up express fitted freight service
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 44963 is seen on a Type 1 express passenger service passing through Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj3126
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 44963 is seen on a Type 1 express passenger service passing through Kenilworth Junction

Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 approaches Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin on 15th August 1965
Ref: lnwrkj3127
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 approaches Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin on 15th August 1965
Ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43979 is seen 'wrong road' on the avoiding line to Berkswell at Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj3128
R Hickman
Ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43979 is seen 'wrong road' on the avoiding line to Berkswell at Kenilworth Junction
Another view of ex- MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43979 standing at Kenilworth Junction on the Berkswell branch line
Ref: lnwrkj3129
R Hickman
Another view of ex- MR 4F 0-6-0 No 43979 standing at Kenilworth Junction on the Berkswell branch line
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92216 pilots ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 on 5th August 1965
Ref: lnwrkj3141
R Hickman
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92216 pilots ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 on 5th August 1965
BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92216 and ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 accelerate away from Kenilworth Junction
Ref: lnwrkj3140
R Hickman
BR 9F 2-10-0 No 92216 and ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44772 accelerate away from Kenilworth Junction

First of two views of the Permanent Way gang relaying track at Kenilworth junction in 1965
Ref: lnwrkj3134
R Hickman
First of two views of the Permanent Way gang relaying track at Kenilworth junction in 1965
Close of the new crossing timbers set out to receive the rails, chairs, crossings and point blades
Ref: lnwrkj3134a
R Hickman
Close of the new crossing timbers set out to receive the rails, chairs, crossings and point blades
Ex-LMS 8F No 48407 is seen with an engineer’s train standing 'wrong road' on the Up Kenilworth Line
Ref: lnwrkj3133
R Hickman
Ex-LMS 8F No 48407 is seen with an engineer’s train standing 'wrong road' on the Up Kenilworth Line
Close up showing PW men passing to the front of the locomotive carrying a sleeper using sleeper tongs
Ref: lnwrkj3133a
R Hickman
Close up showing PW men passing to the front of the locomotive carrying a sleeper using sleeper tongs
Ex-LNWR 7F 'G2 Class' 0-8-0 No 49441 hauls a Class J mineral train towards Leamington Avenue in the late 1950s
Ref: lnwrkj183
V Gallois
Ex-LNWR 7F 'G2 Class' 0-8-0 No 49441 hauls a Class J mineral train towards Leamington Avenue

Diesel Dawn

A Derby built two-car Diesel Multiple Unit has just delivered the train staff to the signalman as it continues on to Leamington
Ref: lnwrkj2055
E Rush
A Derby Diesel Multiple Unit has just delivered the train staff to the signalman as it continues on to Leamington
A two-car Diesel Multiple Unit is seen approaching Kenilworth Junction Signal Box where the second man will collect the train staff
Ref: lnwrkj2054
E Rush
A two-car Diesel Multiple Unit approaches Kenilworth Junction where the second man will collect the train staff
Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo D5140 enters the Berkswell branch at Kenilworth Junction on a down service
Ref: lnwrkj3137
R Hickman
Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo D5140 enters the Berkswell branch at Kenilworth Junction on a down service
English Electric Type 4   1Co-Co1 D380 comes of the Berkswell at Kenilworth Junction on a diverted passenger train
Ref: lnwrkj3138
R Hickman
English Electric Type 4 D380 comes of the Berkswell at Kenilworth Junction on a diverted passenger train
A Park Royal two-car Diesel Multiple Unit set, on the 08:20am Leamington Spa to Nuneaton service, collects the token from Kenilworth Junction Signal Box on the 25th June 1964
Ref: lnwrkj3781
M Mensing
A two-car DMU collects the token from Kenilworth Junction Signal Box on the 25th June 1964

An unidentified Brush Type 4 heads a short train of vans as it slows to pick up the single line staff for Gibbett Hill on 6th May 1969
Ref: lnwrkj3935
M Christensen
A Brush Type 4 heads a short train of vans as it slows to pick up the single line staff for Gibbett Hill
An unidentified Sulzer Type 4 'Peak' Diesel locomotive passes Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin on a coal train on 6th May 1969
Ref: lnwrkj3934
M Christensen
A Sulzer Type 4 'Peak' Diesel locomotive passes Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin on a coal train on 6th May 1969

Frank Prew - in his 'office' and using his right hand

Signalman Frank Prew poses for the camera inside Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin awaiting for the next train
Ref: lnwrkj3136
R Hickman
Frank Prew poses for the camera inside Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin whilst waiting for the next train
An internal view of Kenilworth Junction's Signal Box showing the lever frame with a number of blanked-off spaces as well as spare levers
Ref: lnwrkj173
R Preston-Hendry
An internal view of Kenilworth Junction's Signal Box showing the lever frame with a number of blanked-off spaces
A photograph of the Railway Signal Company Gibbett Hill to Kenilworth Junction Electronic Train Staff
Ref: lnwrkj3933
M Christensen
A photograph of the Railway Signal Company Gibbett Hill to Kenilworth Junction Electronic Train Staff
A section of Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin's 'Pull Boards' which were located behind the lever frame to identify the appropriate levers
Ref: lnwrkj3936
M Christensen
A section of Kenilworth Junction Signal Cabin's 'Pull Boards' located behind the lever frame to identify the appropriate levers
Signalman Frank Prew ready to take the single line staff off a coal train heading towards Leamington
Ref: lnwrkj3132
R Hickman
Signalman Frank Prew ready to take the single line staff off a coal train heading towards Leamington

British Railways Standard class 9F 2-10-0 No 92067, of 2D shed, is seen heading a freight train with a special load of  three brake vans
Ref: lnwrkj2052
P Kingston
An unidentified ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 locomotive, with steam blowing off, slows in order to pick up the train staff
The driver of an ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 locomotive reaches out to collect the single line staff from Frank Prew
Ref: lnwrkj3131
R Hickman
The driver of an ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 locomotive reaches out to collect the single line staff from Frank Prew
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92247 approaches Frank Prew on 18th July 1965
Ref: lnwrkj3139
R Hickman
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92247 is seen approaching Frank Prew on 18th July 1965
British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92247, complete with double chimney, is moving slowly as the fireman passes over the train staff
Ref: lnwrkj200
R Hickman
BR Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92247, with double chimney, is moving slowly as the fireman passes over the train staff
Close up showing signalman Frank Prew having to be wary of being scalded as he exchanges the token with the driver
Ref: lnwrkj200a
R Hickman
Close up showing Frank Prew having to be wary of being scalded as he exchanges the token with the driver

The fireman of ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48386 prepares to pass the staff to Frank Prew as it exits the single line
Ref: lnwrkj3135
R Hickman
The fireman of ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48386 prepares to pass the staff to Frank Prew as it exits the single line

Ordnance Survey maps and LMS control Strips

An 1886 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
Ref: lnwrkj3142
National Library of Scotland
An 1885 25 inch to the mile OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the siding to the tannery and coal yard
A 1903 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
Ref: lnwrkj3120
National Library of Scotland
A 1903 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
A 1923 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
Ref: lnwrkj199
National Library of Scotland
A 1923 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
A 1938 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
Ref: lnwrkj3143
National Library of Scotland
A 1938 OS Map of Kenilworth Junction showing the connection and siding to the tannery and coal yard
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Coventry No 1 Signal Box and Leamington Avenue
Ref: lnwrmap110
M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Coventry No 1 signal box and Leamington Avenue

A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Berkswell Junction and Kenilworth Junction signal box
Ref: lnwrmap115
M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map of the route between Berkswell Junction and Kenilworth Junction signal box
LNWR trackplan of Street's Sidings at Kenilworth Junction on the Nuneaton to Leamington line
Ref: lnwr_track3373
B Hickman
A copy of the LNWR trackplan of Street's Sidings at Kenilworth Junction on the Nuneaton to Leamington line