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Polesworth Station

LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

Polesworth station was opened by the London and North-Western Railway at the same time as the Trent Valley line was opened in 1847. The line had been originally scheduled to be opened on 26th June 1847 but due to a faulty bridge design over the River Tame at Tamworth, followed by strengthening to a further five bridges along the route, the line was opened in stages. The line through Polesworth between Rugby and Stafford was opened 15th September 1847 with two local passenger services each way and through goods trains only. The Trent Valley line fully opened on 1st December 1847 which was the same day that Greenwich Mean Time was adopted throughout the LNWR. Located between Tamworth and Atherstone, Polesworth was originally built with two tracks passing through the station. The main station building was located on the down line and was retained when the line through Polesworth station was quadrupled. As the goods yard, which consisted of two sidings, was accessed off the down line this too was unaffected by the quadrupling of the line. The original up line became the down fast line with two new lines, the up fast and the up slow, being built opposite. The original up platform was demolished being replaced by a new structure on the new up slow line. The population of Polesworth was always relatively low the Census recording 5,619 in 1911; 6,277 in 1921 and 6,466 in 1931. The station became an unmanned halt in the early 1970s.

An Edwardian view of Polesworth station with members of staff, their families and passengers posing for the camera
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Anon
Edwardian view of Polesworth station with members of staff, their families and passengers posing for the camera
View of the station from the main access road showing the structure was little changed in the 100 years since it was first built
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Anon
View of the station from the main access road showing little changed in the 100 years since it was first built
A late British Railways view of the outside of the station after electrification showing the station master's house separated by a fence
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M Mensing
A late BR external view of the station after electrification showing the station master's house separated by a fence
Looking towards Tamworth showing the post-1909 configuration of the layout of Polesworth station with the signal box in the centre
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RS Carpenter Collection
Looking towards Tamworth showing the post-1909 layout of Polesworth station with the signal box in the centre
Close up showing the platform side of the original station, the down platform staircase of the passenger footbridge and the connection to the down refuge siding
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RS Carpenter Collection
Close up of the platform side of the original station and the down platform staircase of the passenger footbridge

Close up of Polesworth's 1909 LNWR Signal Box and the two signal gantries controlling the down slow line on the left with the down fast to its right
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RS Carpenter Collection
Close up of Polesworth's 1909 LNWR Signal Box and the two signal gantries controlling the down slow line on the left
Looking towards the main 1847 station building still more or less as built but with the replacement signal box and quadrupled tracks on the right
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M Billington
Looking towards the main 1847 station building still more or less as built but with the replacement signal box
Close up of the main station building built by Livock which still retains his distinctive style of canopy with columns very close to the platform edge
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M Billington
Close up of Livock's building still retaining his distinctive style of canopy with columns close to the platform edge
Close up showing Polesworth station's replacement signal box with passenger footbridge behind and barrow crossing in front
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M Billington
Close up of Polesworth station's replacement signal box with passenger footbridge and barrow crossing
LNWR 2-4-0 Precedent class No 381 'Patterdale' is seen standing ready to depart at the head of an up Stafford to Rugby local
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RS Carpenter Collection
LNWR 2-4-0 Precedent class No 381 'Patterdale' is seen ready to depart at the head of an up local to Rugby

An unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton class locomotive is seen passing through Polesworth on an up express service
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RS Carpenter Collection
An unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton class locomotive passing through Polesworth on an up express service
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Polesworth Signal Box produced courtesy of the Signalling Record Society
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Signalling Record Society
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Polesworth Signal Box produced courtesy of the SRS

Railway Accident near Polesworth on 21st July 1947

Another view of ex-LMS 4-6-2 Coronation Scot class No 46244 'King George VI' showing the tender and coaches standing upright
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Tamworth Herald
LMS 4-6-2 7P Coronation Class No 6244 'King George VI' lies on its side at the head of the boat train to Liverpool
Elevated view of the rear portion of of the train showing the coaching stock jack-knifed along the track
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Tamworth Herald
Elevated view of the rear portion of of the train showing the coaching stock jack-knifed along the track
An aerial view of the derailed boat train looking towards Euston with the locomotive nearest to the camera
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Tamworth Herald
An aerial view of the derailed boat train looking towards Euston with the locomotive nearest to the camera
A newspaper photograph showing the derailed boat train, rescue workers and onlookers
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Daily Mirror
A newspaper photograph showing the derailed boat train, rescue workers and onlookers
An aerial view of the derailed boat train looking towards Euston with the locomotive nearest to the camera
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Railway Archive
Lieut. Colonel GRS Wilson's Ministry of Transport Report on the railway derailment at Polesworth on 21st July 1947

Railway Accident at Polesworth station on 19th November 1951

Ex-LMS 4-6-2 Coronation Scot class No 46252 'City of Leicester' is seen lying on its side buried in to the embankment
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RS Carpenter Collection
Ex-LMS 4-6-2 Coronation Scot No 46252 'City of Leicester' is seen lying on its side buried in to the embankment
Another view of ex-LMS 4-6-2 Coronation Scot class No 46244 'King George VI' showing the tender and coaches standing upright
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RS Carpenter Collection
Another view of ex-LMS 4-6-2 No 46252 'City of Leicester' showing the tender and coaches standing upright
An aerial view of the derailed boat train looking towards Euston with the locomotive nearest to the camera
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Railway Archive
Colonel D McMullen's Ministry of Transport Report on the derailment at Polesworth on 19th November 1951