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Shilton Station

LMS Route: Trent Valley Line

Shilton Station was opened by the newly formed London North Western Railway on the Trent Valley Railway, six miles south of Nuneaton. It was opened on 15th September 1847 initially operating a limited service becoming fully operational on 1st December 1847. It was originally built with two running lines, each with a platform facing each other. In order to provide additional capacity a third line between Bulkington and Rugby in the up direction was added in 1871. In June 1876 this line was regraded as a passenger line. Up to 1880 the only siding accommodation at Shilton was a down refuge siding just north of the station with no goods facilities being provided at all. A single siding was laid down to be accessed from the 1871 line. This new siding, which was about 350 feet long and capable of holding twenty-two wagons, was controlled from a small signal cabin on the down platform. Later LMS surveys stated the capacity was fourteen wagons. In September 1898 the down refuge siding, which had terminated part way down the down platform, was removed and the platform rebuilt as an island platform to accommodate a down goods loop line which passed through the confines of the station. The siding was provided with a weighbridge and office. In addition to a cattle ramp being provided at the Rugby end of the siding a vehicle ramp was installed alongside it. Access to the siding was via an entrance on the north side of the railway via Church Road.

Two signal cabins controlled Shilton station, No 1 cabin at the Rugby end of the up loop line and No 2 cabin some 1029 yards towards Nuneaton again on the down loop line. Shilton No 1 signal cabin contained fourteen levers, whilst No 2 cabin contained eleven. Originally No 2 controlled both up and down lines but under the LMS' this was reduced to controlling only the down lines. Whilst quadrupling was authorised on this section it nothing ever materialised other than the loop line. In the early days of British Railways, prior to June 1949, No 2 cabin was closed and the loop platform to the down main crossover was removed leaving the whole of the down goods loop being worked by the former No 1 cabin. The booking office was built on the bridge which carried Church Road over the railway with two sets of steps leading down to two platforms. The booking office was built with brick for the front and side walls, but the rest of it was timber which, over the years, became more and more dilapidated. The covered steps to the platforms were of corrugated iron. On 1st January 1923 Shilton station became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway. Shilton station's rural location generated little passenger or goods traffic and it was closed to passenger traffic on 16th September 1957 and to goods traffic in 1965.

Looking across the bridge which carried Church Road over the Trent Valley railway with Shilton station on the left
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Postcard
Looking across the bridge which carried Church Road over the Trent Valley railway with Shilton station on the left
The main station structure which was sited on the bridge that carried Church Road over the Trent Valley line
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P Glenn
The main station structure which was sited on the bridge that carried Church Road over the Trent Valley line
The rear of Shilton station's road side structure showing the stairways down to the platforms
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Powell Hendry
The rear of Shilton station's road side structure showing the stairways down to the platforms
View of the up island platform which shows the short timber platform erected to assist in the transfer of milk churns
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P Lee
View of the up island platform which shows the short timber platform erected to assist in the transfer of milk churns
Close up showing the timber platform erected on the up slow goods line specifically to handle milk traffic
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P Lee
Close up showing the timber platform erected on the up slow goods line specifically to handle milk traffic

Shilton's island platforms seen from Church Road bridge with the down goods loop line in the foreground
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P Lee
Shilton's island platforms seen from Church Road bridge with the down goods loop line in the foreground
Close up showing on the left the weighbridge and some of the wagons being stabled in Shilton's short single siding
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P Lee
Close up showing on the left the weighbridge and some of the wagons being stabled in Shilton's short single siding
View along the up loop line from Church Road bridge with the siding on the left and No 1 signal cabin in the distance
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J Alsop
View along the up loop line from Church Road bridge with the siding on the left and No 1 signal cabin in the distance
An Edwardian view of Shilton station showing the platforms on the left and the single line goods yard on the right
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Postcard
An Edwardian view of Shilton station showing the platforms on the left and the single line goods yard on the right
Close up of the rear of Shilton station, the steps up to the station and the two signals on the down fast line
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Anon
Close up of the rear of Shilton station, the steps up to the station and the two signals on the down fast line

Looking towards Nuneaton with the up fast pletform on the right and the goods yard on the right of the fence
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Anon
Looking towards Nuneaton with the up fast pletform on the right and the goods yard on the right of the fence
 Close up of the main station building over the up and down fast tracks with the passenger waiting room on the down platform
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Anon
Close up of the main station building over the main lines with the passenger waiting room on the down platform
View looking towards Rugby showing the down island platform shelter with the up platform nearest the camera
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P Glenn
View looking towards Rugby showing the down island platform shelter with the up platform nearest the camera
Looking south to Rugby with the down island platform in the foreground whilst an up express services passes through the station
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P Glenn
Looking to Rugby with the down island platform in the foreground as an up express passes through the station
Close up view of Shilton's small goods shed and yard with mainly open mineral wagons in view with Permanent Way hut behind
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P Glenn
Close up view of the small goods shed and yard with mineral wagons in view with Permanent Way hut behind

Close up view of Shilton's down island platform passenger shelter which replaced an earlier Victorian structure
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P Glenn
Close up view of the down island platform passenger shelter which replaced an earlier Victorian structure
Shilton No 2 signal cabin, with windows boarded up, having been taken out of service prior to 26th June 1949
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Steam Archive
Shilton No 2 signal cabin, with windows boarded up, having been taken out of service prior to 26th June 1949
View of the newly erected asbestos shed located at the end of the down goods loop seen on 26th June 1949
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Steam Archive
View of the newly erected asbestos shed located at the end of the down goods loop seen on 26th June 1949

Layout of Shilton station on 31st May 1880 showing the new 'third' line in the up direction and the siding
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R Powell Hendry
Layout of Shilton station on 31st May 1880 showing the new 'third' line in the up direction and the siding
Layout of Shilton station as seen in 1910 showing the final configuration of the platforms and through lines
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R Powell Hendry
Layout of Shilton station as seen in 1910 showing the final configuration of the platforms and through lines

Locomotives seen at Shilton

LNWR 2-4-0 No 2194 'Cambrian' pilots an unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class locomotive on the up 'Irish Mail' express
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LGRP
LNWR 2-4-0 No 2194 'Cambrian' pilots a 4-6-0 PoW class locomotive on the up 'Irish Mail' express
LNWR 3P 4-4-0 George Fifth class No 1472 'Moor Hen' is seen at the head of an up express passing through Brinklow station
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LGRP
LNWR 4-4-0 No 1472 'Moor Hen' is seen at the head of an up express passing through Brinklow station
An unidentified LNWR 4-4-0 4P George Fifth class locomotive is seen a down express near Shilton station
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LGRP
An unidentified LNWR 4-4-0 George Fifth class locomotive is seen a down express near Shilton station
LNWR 4-4-0 No 2164 'Oberon' pilots LNWR 4-6-0 No 2427 Duke of Connaught' are seen heading the up 'Liverpool' express near Shilton
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LGRP
LNWR 4-4-0 No 2164 'Oberon' pilots LNWR 4-6-0 No 2427 Duke of Connaught' heading the up 'Liverpool' express
LNWR 4-4-0 No 60 'Dragon', a rebuilt Precursor class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down Liverpool express service
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LGRP
LNWR 4-4-0 No 60 'Dragon', a rebuilt Precursor class locomotive, heads a down Liverpool express service

LNWR 4-6-0 No 258, an un-named Prince of Wales locomotive, is seen at the head of an up excursion train approaching Shilton
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales Class No 258 is seen at the head of an up excursion train approaching Shilton
LNWR 4-6-0 No 2368 is seen piloting an unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton class locomotive on the down 'Lakes' express
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 2368 pilots an unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton class locomotive on the down 'Lakes' express
LNWR 0-8-0 'G1' class No 674 is seen working very hard at the head of a long up goods train near Shilton station
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LGRP
LNWR 0-8-0 'G1' class No 674 is seen working very hard at the head of a long up goods train near Shilton station
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1703 'Northumberlandshire', an Experiment class locomotive, is seen at the head of a mixed stock down express
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1703 'Northumberlandshire', an Experiment class at the head of a down express
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1084 'Shark', a Prince of Wales class locomotive, is seen at the head of the down 'Central Wales' express
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1084 'Shark', a PoW class locomotive, is seen at the head of the down 'Central Wales' express

LNWR 4-4-0 3P No 806 'Swiftsure', a Precursor class locomotive, is seen at the head of an up express service
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LGRP
LNWR 4-4-0 No 806 'Swiftsure', a Precursor class locomotive, is seen at the head of an up express service
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1345 'James Bishop, a Claughton class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down express approaching Shilton
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1345 'James Bishop, a Claughton class locomotive, heads a down express approaching Shilton
LNWR 4-6-0 2P No 565 'City of Carlisle', an Experiment class locomotive, is seen at the head of the up North Wales express
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 565 'City of Carlisle', an Experiment class locomotive, heads the up North Wales express
LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 No 808, a Claughton class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down North Wales express service
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 808, a Claughton class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down North Wales express service
LNWR 5XP 4-6-0 No 154 'Captain Fryatt', a Claughton class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down Central Wales express
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 154 'Captain Fryatt', a Claughton class locomotive, heads a down Central Wales express

LNWR 2F 0-6-0 'Coal Engine' No 3553 is seen at the head of an up goods train on the slow line near Shilton station in August 1922
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LGRP
LNWR 0-6-0 'Coal Engine' No 3553 heads an up goods train on the slow line near Shilton station in August 1922
LNWR 4-6-0 No 23, an Claughton class locomotive, is seen on an up Liverpool express service approaching Shilton station
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 23, an Claughton class locomotive, is seen near Shilton on an up Liverpool express service
LNWR 2-4-0 Precedent class No 1182 'Chandos' pilots LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 401 on a down express
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LGRP
LNWR 2-4-0 Precedent class No 1182 'Chandos' pilots LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class No 401 on an express
LNWR 4F 4-6-0 No 1368, a '19 inch Goods' class locomotive, is seen at the head of a down express as it approaches Shilton station
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LGRP
LNWR 4-6-0 No 1368, a '19 inch Goods' class locomotive, heads a down express as it approaches Shilton station
LNWR 2P 4-4-0 No 1978 'Merlin' is seen at the head of a short train approaching Shilton station circa 1922-3
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LGRP
LNWR 4-4-0 No 1978 'Merlin' is seen at the head of a short train approaching Shilton station circa 1922-3

An unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class locomotive passes Shilton at speed on an up express service
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Anon
An unidentified LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class locomotive passes Shilton at speed on an up express service
LNWR 4-6-0 Experiment Class No 2628 'Banshee' on a Manchester to Euston express service circa 1922
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Experiment Class No 2628 'Banshee' on a Manchester to Euston express service circa 1922
LNWR 2-4-0 Improved Precedent No 193 'Rocket' pilots LNWR 4-4-0 George V Class No 2086 on a Euston to Liverpool express
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J Alsop
LNWR 2-4-0 No 193 'Rocket' pilots LNWR 4-4-0 George V Class No 2086 'Phaeton' on a Euston to Liverpool express
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 163 'Holland Hibbert' approaches Shilton station with a Down Scotch express
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 163 'Holland Hibbert' approaches Shilton station with a Down Scotch express
LNWR 4-4-0 Renown Class No 1940 'Trafalger' is piloting LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 2395 'JAF Aspinall'
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-4-0 Renown Class No 1940 'Trafalger' is piloting LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 2395 'JAF Aspinall'

LNWR 0-6-0 '18 inch goods' No 168 is seen approaching Shilton station with a down goods train
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J Alsop
LNWR 0-6-0 '18 inch goods' No 168 is seen approaching Shilton station with a down goods train
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 208 is seen approaching Shilton station on a down express to Manchester
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 208 is seen approaching Shilton station on a down express to Manchester
LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales Class No 637 'Thomas Gray' approaches Shilton with an up express from North Wales
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales Class No 637 'Thomas Gray' approaches Shilton with an up express from North Wales
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 856 'E Tootal Broadhurst' approaches with a Euston to Manchester express
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 856 'E Tootal Broadhurst' approaches with a Euston to Manchester express
LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales Class No 1215 approaches Shilton at the head of an up Scotch express
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales Class No 1215 approaches Shilton at the head of an up Scotch express

LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 1407 'Lance Corporal JA Christie VC' heads an up Sunny South Express service
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J Alsop
LNWR 4-6-0 Claughton Class No 1407 'Lance Corporal JA Christie VC' heads an up Sunny South Express service
Three LNWR locomotives are seen at the head of a goods train approaching Shilton station circa 1922
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J Alsop
Three LNWR locomotives are seen at the head of a goods train approaching Shilton station circa 1922
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1054 is seen at the head of an up express service as it approaches Shilton station
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HL Salmon
LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 1054 is seen at the head of an up express service as it approaches Shilton station
View of LMS 4-6-2 Coronation class No 6223 'Princess Alice' is seen in streamlined form at the head of the down Coronation Scot
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AW Flowers
View of LMS 4-6-2 Coronation class No 6223 'Princess Alice' in streamlined form heads the down Coronation Scot
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45584 'North West Frontier' passes through Shilton on an up express in August 1953
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JP Delaney
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 5XP No 45584 'North West Frontier' passes through Shilton on an up express in August 1953

LMS 4-6-0 No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison', a rebuilt Patriot class locomotive, is seen heading the Manxman passing through Shilton
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G Coltas
LMS 4-6-0 No 45531 'Sir Frederick Harrison', a rebuilt Patriot class locomotive, heads the up Manxman
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 No 45514 'Holyhead', a rebuilt Patriot class locomotive is seen approaching Brinklow station on a down express
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G Coltas
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 rebuilt Patriot No 45514 'Holyhead' approaches Shilton station on a down express