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Old Milverton Lineside Views

LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

The length of line from Leek Wooton, a village outside Kenilworth, to Old Milverton which lay just before Warwick, appeared to fire the imagination of some local photographers including 'Stretton-Ward'. Although the following photographs are attributed to Gordon Coltas, they are in fact undoubtedly the work of Stretton-Ward, a local photographer, whose interest in railways started before the First World War. His collection was sold on his death to a Leamington book shop who in time sold them on to other collectors. Roger Carpenter who bought some of the collection recounts that both photographs and negatives were sold to different people which is why the same photograph may be attributed to two or more people. Old Milverton was a favourite location of Stretton-Ward, probably because within a short distance of home he could take photographs with long panoramic views. In a number of instance we have included a close up of the original image because we believed whilst the panoramic view was evocative there was a case to include a close up image too. With a web site we do not have to consider costs or the limitations of space so we can just indulge ourselves. We hope you agree.

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Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3738 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8450 are seen on a Leaminton to Nuneaton local passenger service
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Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3738 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8450 on a Leaminton to Nuneaton local passenger service
Close up of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3738 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8450 showing both locomotives working hard on the bank
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Close up of ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3738 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8450 showing both working hard on the bank
Ex-Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 No 3924 is seen running tender first on a long mineral goods train from Coventry to Leamington
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Ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 3924 is seen running tender first on a long mineral goods train from Coventry to Leamington
Close up showing ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 3924 displays on its buffer beam the train working number '23A'  as steam lifts from the safety valves
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Close up of ex-MR 4F 0-6-0 No 3924 displaying the train number '23A' as steam lifts from the safety valves
LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 8111 is seen piloting an unidentified ex-LNWR 'Coal Engine' on an eight-coach local passenger service to Coventry
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LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 8111 pilots an ex-LNWR 0-6-0 'Coal Engine' on an eight-coach local service to Coventry

Close up showing LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 8111 dwarfing the unidentified ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower Class' locomotive it is piloting
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Close up of LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 8111 dwarfing the ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower Class' locomotive it is piloting
Ex-Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3581 is seen on a four-coach local passenger working to Leamington during the late 1930s
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Ex-MR 3F 0-6-0 No 3581 on a four-coach local passenger working to Leamington during the late 1930s
Ex-LMS 7P 4-6-0 Re-built Patriot class No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison' is seen at the head of an up diverted Birmingham to Euston express
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Ex-LMS 7P 4-6-0 No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison' at the head of a diverted up express to Euston
Close up showing ex-LMS 7P 4-6-0 Re-built Patriot class No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison' carrying the new corporate British Railways livery
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Close up of ex-LMS 7P 4-6-0 re-built Patriot No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison' carrying the new corporate BR livery
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9436 is seen with plenty of steam to spare at the head of an up mixed freight service between Kenilworth and Milverton
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Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9436 heads an up mixed freight service between Kenilworth and Milverton

Close up showing the fireman looking out of the cab of the ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9436 and haze of hot air above the chimney
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Close up of ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'G2' No 9436 with the fireman looking out of the cab through the haze
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2A' No 8921 is seen heading a long empty mineral freight working as it approaches Kenilworth on the way to Nuneaton
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Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2A' No 8921 heads a long empty freight on a Kenilworth to Nuneaton working
Close up showing ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2A' No 8921 is still carrying a round top firebox whilst the tender is loaded to the gunnels with coal
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Close up of ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2A' No 8921 with its round top firebox whilst the tender is fully loaded with coal
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'G1' No 8910 is seen without a wisp of steam or smoke in sight whilst at the head of a long freight train to Leamington
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Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'G1' No 8910 without a wisp of steam or smoke in sight heads a long freight train to Leamington
Ex-LNWR 2P 4-4-2T 'Precursor Tank' No 6819 is seen running bunker first on a three-coach Nuneaton to Rugby via Leamington service
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Ex-LNWR 2P 4-4-2T No 6819, runs bunker first, on a three coach Nuneaton to Leamington service

LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 5742 'Connaught' is seen at speed on a six-coach Coventry to Leamington local passenger service
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LMS 5XP 4-6-0 No 5742 'Connaught' is seen at speed on a six-coach Coventry to Leamington passenger service
LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2262 is seen running bunker first on a three-coach Coventry to Leamington local passenger service shortly before 1938
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LMS 4P 2-6-4T No 2262, runs bunker first, on a three-coach Coventry to Leamington local passenger service
Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T 'Watford Tank' No 6890 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Cauliflower' No 8430 are double heading a seven-coach local passenger service
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Ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T No 6890 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8430 double head a seven-coach local passenger service
Close up of ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T No 6890 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8430 displaying their family likeness
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Close up of ex-LNWR 2P 0-6-2T No 6890 and ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-0 No 8430 displaying their family likeness
LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 204 is running bunker first on a four-coach local passenger service between Nuneaton and Rugby but via Coventry and Leamington
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LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 204 on a local train service between Nuneaton and Rugby but via Coventry and Leamington

LMS 3P 'Stanier' 2-6-2T No 203 is seen moving at speed at the head of a three-coach local passenger service from Coventry to Leamington
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LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 203 is moving at speed at the head of a three-coach local service to Leamington
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9415 has steam escaping from its safety valves as it works the long coal train from Nuneaton to Leamington
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Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9415 with steam escaping as it works the long coal train from Nuneaton to Leamington
Close up showing ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9415 in a very grimy and dirty condition with two types of coal in the wagons behind the tender
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Close up showing ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 'G2' No 9415 with two types of coal in the wagons behind the tender