GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line
GWR Route: Hatton to Stratford on Avon
Wilmcote Station: gwrwil2624
Gradient Profile of North Warwickshire Line from Birmingham
Snow Hill to Honeybourne. Excluding the short section through Snow Hill tunnel,
the steepest section on this route (marked red on the profile) was the mile and
quarter from Stratford-upon-Avon to Wilmcote where the gradient was 1 in 75. A
Bank Engine was kept at Stratford-on-Avon to assist Up trains. The following
information has been extracted from the Great Western Railway Service Time
Table (STT) dated March 1929:
When assistance is required
to Wilmcote only, the Bank Engine must assist at the rear uncoupled.
assistance is required to Bearley East, the Bank Engine must be coupled to the
rear Van to Bearley West Box and uncoupled from Bearley West Box to Bearley
When assistance is required to Hatton North or Middle or Earlswood
Lakes, the Bank Engine must be coupled to the rear Van throughout.
assistance is required beyond Wilmcote the Assistant Engine must only use steam
when running up inclines.
When running over falling gradients he must not
push the train, the speed being controlled by the Train Engineman.
Assistant Engines on Passenger Trains - Stratford-on-Avon
to Wilmcote and Earlswood Lakes
Engines of the 2-6-2T 36XX type may be
attached in front of the train engine when assisting passing trains from
Stratford-on-Avon to Wilmcote. When assistance is required beyond Wilmcote
Station, the engine must be attached behind the train engine. In no case must
the assistant engine work beyond Earlswood Lakes, and Drivers wiring forward
for the Bank Engine should state whether it is required to Wilmcote or
Bank Engines on Up Goods trains
When it is
necessary for the Bank Engine to assist a train in the rear from either of the
Stratford-on-Avon Signal Boxes, the Guard will be responsible for coming to a
clear understanding with the Train Engineman as to how far assistance is
required and for advising the Bank Engineman, He must also acquaint the
Signalman on duty at the Signal Box where the Bank Engine is placed in the
rear, and the Signalman there must telephone the information from box to box to
the destination of the Bank Engine.
Goods Guards giving information to Drivers of Bank
Guards of all Goods Trains requiring a Bank Engine must hand a
slip to the Driver of the Bank Engine giving the following information
What the train is.
How many Wagons are on the Train.
The Train Drivers name.
The number of the Train Engine.
This information to be handed to the Driver of the Bank Engine before starting
from the point at which the Engine is attached.
In those cases where the
assistant engine is attached in front of the train this information should be
furnished by the Fireman of the Train Engine.