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Marston Green Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

Marston Green station is located on the London and Birmingham main line between Hampton in Arden and Lea Hall. The decision to open a station at Marston Green, then serving a tiny village community, was officially sanctioned by the newly formed LNWR in October 1844 with a platform and booking hut authorised the following month. The station layout was built from the outset with two platforms to the west of the level crossing and not in the staggered formation with one platform either side as seen at Tile Hill and originally at Berkswell stations. A goods yard facility was provided with two sidings and a weighbridge and mainly catered for mineral traffic with coal and coke being its primary source of traffic. A cattle pen was also provided reflecting its early roots of being a rural station. In addition the goods yard there was a refuge siding built opposite on the down line. Had the quadrupling of the line between Coventry and Birmingham been carried out the station as seen today would have been swept away. It would have been replaced by two platforms set either side of four tracks with the main lines passing through the middle. The level crossing would have been replaced by an under bridge to accommodate Elmdon Lane. The existing building would have been replaced by a modern booking office facing the road with inclined approaches leading to the two platforms. The goods yard was to be expanded with four sidings accommodating 36, 21, 21 and 32 wagons respectively with a landing stage to accommodate both cattle and other traffic.

Marston Green station - views from mid-1930s to circa 1960

Looking towards Coventry from the Birmingham end of the down platform showing the oil lamps on posts against the fencing
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P Hopkins
Looking to Coventry from the Birmingham end of the down platform with oil lamps on posts against the fencing
Close up showing the layout of the station with the signal box on the left next to the up platform and the main station building located on the down platform
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P Hopkins
Close up showing the signal box on the left at the end of the up platform with the main building on the down platform
A 1950s view of the station looking towards Coventry with the station looking very little different except the platforms are now lit by electric lighting
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Lens of Sutton
The station in the 1950s looking very little different except the platforms are now lit by electric lighting
Close up showing the station buildings with the down platform only housing a waiting room and toilets
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Lens of Sutton
Close up showing the station buildings with the down platform only housing a waiting room and toilets
Looking towards Coventry and the level crossing from the Birmingham end of the up platform on 24th May 1955
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Coventry and the level crossing from the Birmingham end of the up platform on 24th May 1955

Close up showing the gated entrance to Marston Green goods yard and the weigh bridge office behind
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the gated entrance to Marston Green goods yard and the weigh bridge office behind
Looking towards Coventry from the Birmingham end of the down platform during the late 1950s with the gates open to road traffic
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Coventry from the Birmingham end of the down platform during the late 1950s
Looking towards Coventry from the Coventry end of the up platform with the signal box on the left on 30th May 1955
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DJ Norton
Looking to Coventry from the centre section of the up platform with the signal box on the left on 30th May 1955

Marston Green goods yard and the southern approaches

Looking towards Coventry from the footbridge with Marston Green goods yard on the up side and the refuge siding on the down side
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DJ Norton
Looking to Coventry from the footbridge with the goods yard on the up side and the refuge siding on the down side
Looking towards Marston Green showing the down refuge siding on the left and the shunting neck on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking towards Marston Green showing the down refuge siding on the left and the shunting neck on the right
Close up of the approach to the station, the entrance to the goods yard and the remains of the cattle dock
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DJ Norton
Close up of the approach to the station, the entrance to the goods yard and the remains of the cattle dock
Looking north showing the level crossing, the signal box on the up platform and part of the goods yard on the right
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DJ Norton
Looking north showing the level crossing, the signal box on the up platform and part of the goods yard on the right
Close up showing part of Marston Green goods yard with several open mineral wagons and huts in view
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DJ Norton
Close up showing part of Marston Green goods yard with several open mineral wagons and huts in view

Close up showing the level crossing  gate protecting Elmdon Lane which is still in a rural aspect in 1955
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DJ Norton
Close up showing the level crossing gate protecting Elmdon Lane which is still in a rural aspect in 1955
Close up looking towards New Street showing Marston Green station from the Coventry side of the level crossing
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DJ Norton
Close up looking towards New Street showing Marston Green station from the Coventry side of the level crossing

Marston Green station after the line had been electrified

View of the modified ex-LNWR structures on Marston Green's down platform after electrification
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Preston Hendry
View of the modified ex-LNWR structures on Marston Green's down platform after electrification
Close up showing part of Marston Green goods yard with several open mineral wagons and huts in view
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Powell Hendry
The station building on the up platform with the ladies waiting room on the left and the booking office on the right
View showing Marston Green signal box and the passenger footbridge modified to gain extra height over the tracks
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Powell Hendry
View showing Marston Green signal box and the passenger footbridge modified to gain extra height over the tracks

Schematic maps showing actual layout and proposed modifications to Marston Green station

Schematic plan showing the layout of Marston Green station's facilities including the goods yard
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Preston Hendry
Schematic plan showing the layout of Marston Green station's facilities including the goods yard
Close up of schematic plan showing the various facilities provided for both passengers and goods traffic at Marston Green station
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Preston Hendry
Close up of schematic plan showing the various facilities provided for both passengers and goods traffic
Schematic plan of proposed four track route through Marston Green station circa 1938
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Preston Hendry
Schematic plan of proposed four track route through Marston Green station and goods yard circa 1938
Close up of schematic plan showing proposed modifications to Marston Green station circa 1938
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Preston Hendry
Close up of schematic plan showing proposed modifications to Marston Green station circa 1938

Locomotives and trains seen at Marston Green

Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 45587 'Baroda' is seen at the head of an up express as it passes over Marston Green level crossing on 24th April 1954
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45587 'Baroda' is seen at the head of an up express passing through the level crossing
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 45344 is seen at the head of an engineering department's loading gauge clearance test train on 24th April 1954
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 45344 at the head of an engineering department's loading gauge clearance test train
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5MT No 45344 is seen at the head of an engineering department's loading gauge clearance test train on 24th April 1954
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DJ Norton
Ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 No 44863 is seen passing Marston Green level crossing at the head of a down express train
British Railways Standard class 5MT No 73004 is seen at the head of the 12.14 pm semi-fast Watford to Birmingham New Street
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M Mensing
British Railways Standard class 5MT No 73004 is seen at the head of the 12.14 pm semi-fast Watford to New Street
Ex-LNER 4-6-0 B1 class No 61119 is seen at the head of the 7 am Norwich Thorpe to Birmingham New Street service on 31st July 1963
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M Mensing
Ex-LNER 4-6-0 B1 class No 61119 at the head of the 7:00am Norwich Thorpe to New Street service

A Class 310 EMU is seen arriving at Marston Green on 14:40pm semi-fast New Street to Euston service
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M Mensing
A Class 310 EMU is seen arriving at Marston Green on 14:40pm semi-fast New Street to Euston service