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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Leamington Carriage Sidings: gwrls3960

An extract from the Great Western Railway Appendix to the Service Timetable (STT) No 13 dated March 1929

Extract from GWR Appendix to STT dated March 1929 An extract from the Great Western Railway Appendix to the Service Timetable (STT) No.13 dated 1929, which identifies the local operational procedures required for Leamington Locomotive Yard and Carriage Sidings. In the late 1920’s, a sixth dead-end siding had been added to the original five carriage sidings. In the Appendix to the service timetable dated March 1929, this siding is refered to as ‘Bursill’s Siding’ inferring that it was a private siding for an individual trader. The Railway Clearing House (RCH) Handbook of Stations lists private sidings at all locations, but this one does not appear in either the 1925 or 1933 handbooks.

The Appendix to the STT dated March 1929 details the following operational practices for Bursill’s Siding:

1) This siding is connected to No.5 Road at the Carriage Depot, the normal position of the point, which are worked by ground lever , being for No.5 Siding.
2) A swing block is provided on the siding, and when the Siding is not in use the swing block must always be locked by padlock across the rail, and the key kept in the Shunter’s Cabin at the entrance to the Carriage Sidings.
3) Traffic for the Siding will be worked from Leamington Yard by the same service that conveys locomotive coal.
4) Shunting at the Siding will be performed by the Guard, who upon completion of the work will be responsible for seeing that vehicles in the Siding are secure inside the swing block, that the latter is locked across the rail and that the points are in their normal position. The Guard will also be responsible ing the key from the Shunter’s Cabin on arrival and returning it to that place before leaving.

Robert Ferris