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Tile Hill Station

LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton

The station at Tile Hill did not open until 1850 some twelve years after the London to Birmingham Railway was opened. Initially it was named Allesley Lane station and then in 1857 renamed as Allesley Gate reflecting perhaps that it was a station with a level crossing and the need to differentiate its location from Allesley Lane which was not local. It finally received its Tile Hill name in 1864. Harry Jack of the LNWR Society writes 'Tile Hill is referred to as Allesley Lane in L&NWR traffic reports from 1848 to 1850. Clinker's 'Chronology' is a bit confusing here. He says "1848 - Jan 12 - Stations Committee of Board minuted: 'required - new station at Allesley by agreement with inhabitants,' His next reference is under 1863 where he says 'Allesley Gate station renamed Allesley Lane' giving a timetable source date of September 1863. I've added a pencil note in my copy 'w.e.f. 1st August 1863' which I think I got from some L&NW minute-book at Kew. Likewise, Clinker just gives 'April 1864' for the change from Allesley Lane to Tile Hill, but I've added 'w.e.f. 1st April 1864'. 'The level crossing had been in existence since 1838 and the crossing keeper's house, later the station master's, was erected by the L&BR. The station was a simple affair with a staggered platform configuration either side of the level crossing with the booking office located next to the gatekeepers house on the up platform.

The goods yard was a single line siding with a cattle dock at one end and a weighbridge to cater for mineral goods traffic. The date of opening is not known but the goods yard was closed on 4th February 1963. 'Cam' Camwell noted in his book on the West Midlands 'that trains in the early years of the line stopped at a number of locations including Tile Hill for passengers to alight prior to a station being built. This is not as impossible as it sounds as early railway carriages were modelled on stage coaches and had steps down to near road level. It was only the advent of longer coaching stock which required strong underframes and later bogies which led to the increase in floor height of coaches we know today. The evolution of the carriage can in part be seen in the increase in height of station platforms as they were raised to assist passengers to enter the carriage. Tile Hill station's platforms were low in relation to the rolling stock introduced from the late 19th century which is why you will see in in some photographs a small set of steps which could be placed to assist passengers entering and exiting carriages. Records show that amongst early railway staff were a William Moss and William Sawkins. Initially services were more limited with five up and seven down services each day. The fare from Coventry to Tile Hill was initially 3½d in pre-decimal money (written as -/3½d), just under 1½ new pence, which was just under a third of the 10d charge (written as -/10d), a fraction under 4 new pence, being charged in the 1950s as can be seen in image 'lnwrcov575'.

Looking towards the station in the direction of Birmingham from the goods yard with the British Railways built waiting room on the up platform
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J Hyde
Looking towards the station from the goods yard with the British Railways built waiting room on the up platform
Close up showing the up platform's British Railways built waiting room and new gentlemen's toilet
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J Hyde
Close up showing the up platform's British Railways built waiting room and new gentlemen's toilet
Looking towards Birmingham from the sidings which lay at the Coventry end of the down side of the station
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J Hyde
Looking towards Birmingham from the sidings which lay at the Coventry end of the down side of the station
Close up showing the buffer stop which was sited near to Cromwell Lane and opposite the station's main building on the up platform
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J Hyde
Close up showing the buffer stop sited near to Cromwell Lane and opposite the main building on the up platform
Close up showing the station's main building on the up platform complete with single-storey booking office
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J Hyde
Close up showing the station's main building on the up platform complete with single-storey booking office

Close up of the side elevation of the up platform's British Railways built waiting room and new gentlemen's toilet
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J Hyde
Close up of the side elevation of the up platform's British Railways built waiting room and new gentlemen's toilet
View of the entrance to Tile Hill station's booking office accessed from Station Road as seen on 31st August 1956
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P Kingston
View of the entrance to Tile Hill station's booking office accessed from Station Road as seen on 31st August 1956
Close up showing the single storey building built by the LNWR and which formed Tile Hill station's booking office
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L&GRP
Close up showing the single storey building built by the LNWR and which formed Tile Hill station's booking office
View of the booking office prior to its demolition and after the crossing keeper's house has been demolished
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R Powell Hendry
View of the booking office prior to its demolition and after the crossing keeper's house has been demolished
View looking towards Coventry in 1956 showing the LNWR Tile Hill station nameboard above the ladies waiting room
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R Powell Hendry
View looking towards Coventry in 1956 showing the LNWR Tile Hill station nameboard above the ladies waiting room

Looking towards Coventry from the cattle dock and along the down line with the up platform on the left
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Lens of Sutton
Looking towards Coventry from the cattle dock and along the down line with the up platform on the left
A signalman's view of the station and yard looking towards Coventry showing the reason for the cantilevered box
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LGRP
A signalman's view of both the station and the yard land showing the reason for the cantilevered signal cabin
Close up showing the cattle dock and the grounded former LNWR carriage body sited on the timber staging
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L&GRP
Close up showing the cattle dock and the grounded former LNWR carriage body sited on the timber staging
Looking towards Coventry from the down platform with the signal box on the right
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Lens of Sutton
Looking to Coventry from the Birmingham end of the down platform with the passenger waiting room on the right
View of Tile Hill station's down platform and passenger waiting room as seen on 22nd September 1951
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J Alsop
View of Tile Hill station's down platform and passenger waiting room as seen on 22nd September 1951

Tile Hill Station signal box viewed from the top of the cattle dock later the site of the 1960s built signal box
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Coventry Local Studies
Tile Hill Station signal cabin viewed from the top of the cattle dock later the site of the 1960s built signal box
Looking towards Coventry from the down platform with the cantilevered signal box on the left
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J Hyde
Looking towards Coventry from the down platform with the cantilevered signal cabin on the left
Close up showing the juxtaposition of the level crossing gates, the booking office and the up platform
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J Hyde
Close up showing the juxtaposition of the level crossing gates, the booking office and the up platform
Looking towards Coventry from the down platform with the signal box on the right
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J Hyde
Looking towards Coventry from the station's down platform with the signal box on the right
Looking towards Coventry with the new signal box on the right and the former LNWR signal cabin on the left
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
Looking towards Coventry with the new signal box on the right and the former LNWR signal cabin on the left

Tile Hill Level Crossing with the gates now closed with Duggins Lane in the distance marked by the line of trees
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Coventry Local Studies
Tile Hill Level Crossing with the gates now closed with Duggins Lane in the distance marked by the line of trees
Tile Hill level crossing looking towards Tile Hill Village from the down side of the gates
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Coventry Local Studies
View of Tile Hill level crossing looking towards Tile Hill Village from the down side of the gates
Looking down Cromwell Lane towards the station with the original L&BR gate keeper's house on the right
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Coventry Local Studies
Looking down Cromwell Lane towards the station with the original L&BR gate keeper's house on the right
Side elevation of Tile Hill station's Signal Cabin sited to the side of the up line to the north of the level crossing
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Coventry Local Studies
Side elevation of Tile Hill station's Signal Cabin sited to the side of the up line to the north of the level crossing
Close up showing the entrance to Tile Hill station's goods yard and the horse and carriage landing
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Coventry Local Studies
Close up showing the entrance to Tile Hill station's goods yard and the horse and carriage landing

View of the down line's track being renewed at Tile Hill station with old ballast being removed by wagons on the up line
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RS Carpenter
The down line being renewed through the station with the old ballast being loaded on to wagons on the up line
Close up showing the permanent way gang taking a few minutes of rest to enjoy their 'snap'
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the permanent way gang taking a few minutes of rest to enjoy their 'snap'
Close up showing the 'Drott' in action taking over from the once labour intensive process of loading ballast in to the wagons
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RS Carpenter
Close up showing the 'Drott' in action taking over the labour intensive process of loading ballast in to the wagons
Tile Hill station with gates closed to road traffic as the train spotters waiting for a Birmingham to Coventry train to arrive
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Pete Annable GRA
Tile Hill station with gates closed to road traffic as the train spotters waiting for a Birmingham to Coventry train
The replacement signal box at Tile Hill which came into operation when the line was upgraded for electrification
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J Hyde
The replacement signal box at Tile Hill which came into operation when the line was upgraded for electrification

Survey plan showing Tile Hill station's staggered platforms configuration and the single siding goods yard
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R Powell Hendry
Survey plan showing Tile Hill station's staggered platforms configuration and the single siding goods yard
Diagram of the new shunting frame provided by British Railways to control the crossing gates
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R Powell Hendry
Diagram of the new shunting frame provided by British Railways to control the crossing gates.

Locomotives seen at or near Tile Hill station

An unidentified ex-LNWR 4P 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class locomotive passes the goods yard on a Euston to Birmingham express service
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Coventry Local Studies
An unidentified ex-LNWR 4P 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class passes the goods yard on an express to Birmingham
An unidentified ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 gets a special working under way after being stopped at a signal at Tile Hill
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P Horsfall
An unidentified ex-LMS 5MT 4-6-0 gets a special working under way after being stopped at a signal at Tile Hill
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5523 before it was named 'Bangor' passes north of Tile Hill station with an down express
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J Hyde
LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Patriot class No 5523 passes north of Tile Hill station with an down express
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' brings the 4:30pm local from Birmingham to Coventry to a stop at Tile Hill
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P Horsfall
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black Five' brings the 4:30pm local from Birmingham to Coventry to a stop at Tile Hill
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 46168 'The Girl Guide' hurtles through Tile Hill with an express for London
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P Horsfall
Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class No 46168 'The Girl Guide' hurtles through Tile Hill with an express for London

An unidentified ex-LMS Stanier 4P 2-6-4T runs tender-first on a Coventry-bound empty stock train past Tile Hill signal cabin
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P Horsfall
An unidentified ex-LMS Stanier 4P 2-6-4T on a Coventry-bound empty stock train past Tile Hill signal cabin
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' approaches Tile Hill with a London-bound express during 1958
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P Horsfall
An unidentified ex-LMS 4-6-0 'Black 5' approaches Tile Hill with a London-bound express during 1958