Kineton Central Ammunition Depot
Ministry of Defence- Army Department
A major ammunition storage Depot was constructed during
World War II over a large area to the south of the LMS' ex-Stratford &
Midland Junction Railway (SMJ) Fenny
Compton to Stratford-on-Avon line just to the west of
Burton Dassett station. It included some
of the route of the disused Edge Hill Light Railway. The
ammunition magazines were set out over a wide area and the depot was served by
a yard branching off the LMS leading to an extensive network of sidings serving
the magazines. Following closure of the through former SMJ line in 1965 the
operation of the 4 mile stub from Fenny
Compton (with connection to the Banbury to Leamington Spa main line)
serving the Depot was taken over by the MoD. The line later passed into MoD
ownership. Part of the route was re-aligned and re-graded when the M40 motorway
was constructed, passing under the line.
Some of the storage magazines had no road access so small
railcars were used as staff transport. Some were fitted out as fire tenders.
During the 1980s the extensive network of sidings was cut back when internal
road transport to serve a central rail/road transfer facility was introduced.
Some of the redundant sidings were hired out to provide storage for out of use
main line rolling stock. The Depot and railway are still in use. The above
information and more can be obtained from the Industrial Railway Society's
Preliminary Draft Handbook Industrial Railways & Locomotives of