LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
Marston Green Station: lnwrmg2819a
Close up of image 'lnwrmg2819' looking towards New Street
showing Marston Green station from the Coventry side of the level crossing. The
lower profile of the ex-LNWR passenger footbridge is clearly seen and explains
why the centre section spanning the tracks needed to be replaced when the route
was electrified. At the far end of the two platforms are two timber huts which
are shown on the plan seen in image 'lnwrmg2816a'
with the code 'Lat'. Following a debate as to what was their purpose -
suggestions varied from being allied to safety precautions relating to Elmdon
Aerodrome (now Birmingham International) which lay to the left and whose
principal runway finished just short of the line, to being gentlemen's toilets.
Harry Jack, and Reg Instone of the LNWR Society, came to the conclusion that
they were indeed lavatories. As Reg Instone said, slightly peculiar
location, but there it is! The safety precautions put in place by the LMS
at Marston Green due to the proximity of the aerodrome included emergency
colour signals being installed a little further down the line. These were
normally not illuminated but in the event of the down line being obstructed or
damaged by aircraft, the lights could be set to danger by the signalman. When
lit the lights displayed both yellow and red aspects, and should a train be
stopped by the emergency signal, the driver could not proceed until the light
had been extinguished and permission given by telephone.