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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Leamington South Junction

Leamington South Junction was located adjacent to the Great Western Railway's Engine Shed. The junction was opened on 10th July 1908 to provide a connection to the LNWR. This would facilitate an East – West passenger route from Cardiff to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. After nationalisation the usage of the link line was insufficient to justify this junction and it was disconnected from the ex-GWR main line on 2nd July 1961.

Leaminton Station (163) Locomotives at Leamington (209) Leamington Shed (65) Leamington South Junction (26)

A Great Western Railway Permanent Way Length Gang seen working at Leamington South Junction
Ref: gwrls3947
WoW
A Great Western Railway Permanent Way Length Gang seen working at Leamington South Junction
Ex-GWR 68xx Class 4-6-0 No 6879 'Overton Grange' runs light engine towards Leamington shed on 13th March 1965
Ref: gwrls2053
R Postill
Ex-GWR 68xx Class 4-6-0 No 6879 'Overton Grange' runs light engine to Leamington shed on 13th March 1965
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T Prairie No 5170 runs light engine past Leamington East Junction Signal Box
Ref: gwrls806
Anon
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T Prairie No 5170 runs light engine past Leamington East Junction Signal Box
Extract from the GWR Appendix to No 13 Section of the Service timetables dated March 1929 detailing the instructions for the working of the link line
Ref: gwrls3948
GWR Appendix to STT
Extract from GWR Appendix to No 13 Section of the Service timetables on instructions for the working of the line

GWR and L&NWR Correspondence

A letter from the GWR’s Superintendent of the Line to the Divisional Superintendent at Birmingham regarding the proposed junction to the L&NWR line at Leamington South
Ref: gwrls3946
GWR Internal Letter
A letter from the GWR’s Superintendent of the Line to the Divisional Superintendent at regarding the junction
Letter referring to various preparations associated with the new through passenger service from Cardiff to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
Ref: gwrls3949
GWR Internal Letter
Letter about preparations for the new through passenger service from Cardiff to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
Letter referring to the cancellation of the new through passenger service from Cardiff to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
Ref: gwrls3950
GWR Internal Letter
Letter about the cancellation of the new through passenger service from Cardiff to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft
Letter regarding a trial over the Leamington South Junction taking place on the 15th July 1909
Ref: gwrls3951
L&NWR Internal Letter
Letter regarding a trial over the Leamington South Junction taking place on the 15th July 1909
A poster advertising the new joint through service from South Wales to the East Coast via Leamington, starting in July 1908
Ref: gwrls3952
GWR Magazine
A poster advertising the new joint through service from South Wales to the East Coast in July 1908

A British Railways 1:1250 Scale Map showing the GWR Shed located in the 'V' of the L&NWR branch line to Rugby and the GWR main line to Banbury in 1952
Ref: gwrls3955
British Railways
A BR 1:1250 Scale Map of the GWR Shed located in the 'V' of the L&NWR and the GWR main line in 1952

Aerial Views of Leamington South Junction

Aerial Views in 1934

Aerial photograph of the short link line between the Great Western Railway’s main line and the L&NWR line to Rugby
Ref: gwrls3935
Britain from Above
Aerial photograph of the short link line between the GWR’s main line and the L&NWR line to Rugby
Aerial photograph of the area around the Great Western Railway’s Leamington locomotive depot and carriage sidings in 1934
Ref: gwrls3940
Britain from Above
Aerial photograph of the area around the GWR's Leamington locomotive depot and carriage sidings in 1934
Another 1934 aerial photograph of the southern approaches to Leamington with the Warwick and Napton Canal passes under both the LMS and GWR lines
Ref: gwrls3941
Britain from Above
An aerial view of the southern approaches as the Warwick & Napton Canal passes under the LMS & GWR lines
A close up of the area south of the canal showing the large plot of land purchased from Lord Guernsey in July 1852
Ref: gwrls3942
Britain from Above
A close up of the area south of the canal showing the large plot of land purchased from Lord Guernsey in July 1852
Close up of showing the area between the L&NWR and GWR main line on the north side of the Warwick and Napton canal
Ref: gwrls3943
Britain from Above
Close up of showing the area between the L&NWR and GWR main line on the north side of the canal

Aerial Views in 1937

View of the three main components of the 1906 engine shed, the coal stage, the turntable and the four-road shed
Ref: gwrls3944
Britain from Above
Aerial view of the GWR SignalBox 1937
Close up of the aerial photograph showing the link line between the Great Western Railway and the L&NWR line in 1937
Ref: gwrls3936
Britain from Above
Close up of the aerial photograph showing the link line between the GWR and the L&NWR line in 1937
View of the three main components of the 1906 engine shed, the coal stage, the turntable and the four-road shed
Ref: gwrls3937
Britain from Above
Aerial view of shed signal box 1937
Aerial Photograph of the southern approaches in 1937 showing the L&NWR and GWR parallel lines with the link line between them
Ref: gwrls3939
Britain from Above
Aerial view of the southern approaches in 1937 showing the L&NWR and GWR parallel lines and link line
View of the three main components of the 1906 engine shed, the coal stage, the turntable and the four-road shed
Ref: gwrls3956
Britain from Above
Aerial view of shed 1937

Aerial Views in 1949

View of the three main components of the 1906 engine shed, the coal stage, the turntable and the four-road shed
Ref: gwrls3938
Britain from Above
Aerial view of shed from South East 1949
Aerial view of northern approach to Leamington in 1949, with the link line at the top of the photograph
Ref: gwrls3945
Britain from Above
Aerial view of northern approach to Leamington in 1949, with the link line at the top of the photograph

Leamington East Junction Signal Box

Robert Ferris writes, 'In researching this Signal Box I noted that the Signalling Record Sociiety (SRS) stated that this was originally called Leamington East Junction Signal Box. My information from the GWR's name plate ordering records is that the Signal Box did change name in circa 1913, but the name change was from Leamington South to Leamington Spa South (see information in 'gwrls3905'). I can find no evidence that the name 'East' was ever used'.

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Maps and notices

A schematic plan showing the layout of Leamington shed, coaling stage, turntable and carriage sidings
Ref: gwrls2166
J Copsey
A schematic plan showing the layout of Leamington shed, coaling stage, turntable and carriage sidings
A 1925 map showing the layout of Leamington shed and the carriage sidings which were adjacent to the line to Paddington
Ref: gwrls2044
Ordnance Survey
Map showing Leamington shed and the carriage sidings which were adjacent to the main line to Paddington
Part of the 1939 OS map showing Leamington's second engine shed located between the LNWR's and GWR lines
Ref: gwrls2125
Ordnance Survey
Part of the 1939 OS map showing Leamington's second engine shed located between the LNWR's and GWR lines
A view of Leamington Spa Shed from the boundary by the canal taken in May 1965, shortly before the shed closed
Ref: gwrls3905
SRS
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Leamington Spa South Junction Signal Box

Leaminton Station (163) Locomotives at Leamington (209) Leamington Shed (65) Leamington South Junction (26)