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LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Foleshill Station

Foleshill railway station was opened on 2nd September 1850 by the LNWR and located in the northern part of Coventry, approximately 3 miles from the city centre, on the northern end of Lockhurst Lane in Holbrooks. From Coventry station, it was the next station after Daimler Halt and was sited just before Three Spires Junction. The station's offices and main passenger facilities were housed in a brick-built structure located on the up (Coventry) line, on the Nuneaton side of the level crossing. The stationmaster's house was also built adjacent to the offices but was removed circa 1930 when the road overbridge was erected. The level crossing marked the road's change of name as Lockhurst Land was on the city centre side and Holbrook Lane on the other. At some after the First World War, a footbridge was built straddling the line to allow pedestrians to cross when the level crossing was closed. This footbridge, seen in image 'lnwrf1471', was to be replaced in 1930 by a smaller footbridge between the two platforms and the road bridge which was erected in the early 1930s. Its rural position and traffic changed as Coventry boomed in the 1920s and 1930s. A number of large factories were built in the area so the station had to handle very large volumes of workmen who travelled into the area to work. As this was shift work, this meant the high volume number of passengers using the facilities were arriving and departing in very small windows of time. For most of the other time the station handled lighter loads of office commuters and shoppers.

The station also had a goods yard which was located on the up (Coventry) line opposite the Signal Cabin. Initially it was a relative small affair with a small goods shed and a siding leading up to it with no run round loop to release the wagon once emptied. There was a short run on through the goods shed which allowed one or two wagons emptied to be moved forward by hand so that another wagon could enter the shed to be unloaded or loaded. Initially, there were two other sidings for use by local merchants primarily for coal as indicated by the coal staithes to be seen in the 1902 Ordnance Survey Map. This had been increased with another three sidings being added in the first decade of the 20th century as can be seen in the 1912 Ordnance Survey Map. By the 1930s traffic had grown again which warranted the goods yard to be remodelled. The goods shed and siding remained but the capacity of the yard had been further increased by the addition of another siding making six all told. A fixed position hand operated crane was sited half way along the length of the siding leading up to the goods shed, centred between the shed's siding and the first of the other sidings. The station was to close on 18th January 1965.

The Station

Looking towards Nuneaton as an unidentified LNWR Webb 2-4-2T Radial tank runs in to the station at the head of a local passenger service
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C Maggs Collection
Looking towards Nuneaton as a LNWR Webb 2-4-2T Radial tank runs in to the station with a local passenger service
Close up showing Foleshill station's passenger facilities housing a general waiting room and a ladies waiting room on the down platform
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C Maggs Collection
Close up showing the station's general waiting room and ladies waiting room on the down platform
A view of Foleshill station looking towards the city centre showing the original level crossing and station buildings on the up platform
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Coventry Library Local Studies
Looking towards the city centre showing the original level crossing and station buildings on the up platform
Looking in the direction of the city centre, a view of the road over bridge erected in 1931 at a cost of 50,000 carrying Lockhurst Lane over the line
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Coventry Library Local Studies
Looking towards the city centre, a view of Lockhurst Lane over bridge erected in 1931 at a cost of £50,000
View of Foleshill station's main passenger buildings, still in its LMS corporate livery, and dominated by the Lockhurst Lane road bridge
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Lens of Sutton
The station's main passenger building, dominated by Lockhurst Lane bridge, still in its LMS corporate livery

Looking towards Nuneaton from the Coventry end of Foleshill station's up platform with the 1931 erected footbridge in the foreground
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Stations UK
Looking towards Nuneaton from the station's up platform with the footbridge, erected in 1931, in the foreground
Close up of the buildings on the down platform with the gentlemen's toilet sandwiched between the waiting rooms and the long shelter
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Stations UK
Close up of the down platform with the gentlemen's toilet next to the waiting rooms and the long open shelter
Looking from the Nuneaton end of the station towards Coventry along the down platform with the newsagents kiosk on the left
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry along the down platform with the newsagents kiosk on the left circa late 1950s
Close up of Foleshill station's up platform passenger shelter with news agent kiosk, brick built gentlemen's toilets and two timber huts
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the station's up platform and newsagent's kiosk, brick built gentlemen's toilets and two timber huts

Close up showing the Nuneaton end of Foleshill station with the goods yard located on the left beyond Lockhurst Lane bridge
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Lens of Sutton
Close up of the Nuneaton end of Foleshill station with the goods yard located on the left beyond the bridge

Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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Anon
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Rd estate on the right
Close up showing the waist height passenger footbridge as well as details relating to the platform's accommodation
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Anon
Close up showing the waist height passenger footbridge as well as details relating to the platform's accommodation
Looking towards Coventry from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
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Anon
Looking towards Coventry from the bridge with, on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
Looking towards Coventry from a DMU with Campton & Sons premises on the left and the down passing loop and munition sidings on the right
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G Coltas
Looking towards Coventry from a DMU with Campton & Sons on the left and the down passing loop on the right
View of the Foleshill station's down platform filled with factory workers commuting to all stations along the branch to Nuneaton
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
View of the down platform filled with factory workers commuting to all stations along the branch to Nuneaton

The station's down platform, booking office and booking hall together with the large passenger shelter are clearly shown in the view on 22nd October 1960
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
The down platform, booking office and booking hall and large passenger shelter on 22nd October 1960
Close up of the down platform's offices and waiting room with the Gentlemen's urinal sandwiched between them and the large shelter
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
Close up of the down platform's building with the Gentlemen's urinal between it and the large shelter
The steps from Lockhurst Lane bridge and the exterior of Foleshill Road station as viewed from Durbar Avenue on the 22nd October 1960
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
The steps from Lockhurst Lane bridge and the exterior of the station as viewed from Durbar Avenue
Close up showing the approach road which was created after the demolition of the stationmaster's house in the late 1920s
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
Close up of the approach road, built after the stationmaster's house was demolished in the late 1920s
Foleshill Road's stationmaster inspects the flowerbed created by his staff on 22nd October 1960
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
Foleshill Road's stationmaster inspects the flowerbed created by his staff on 22nd October 1960

The station's gate adjacent to the ornemental footbridge on the down platform was only used to handle the large number of factory workers employed locally
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
The station's gate adjacent to the footbridge was only used to handle the large number of factory workers
This view, taken on the 25th April 1987, shows the demolished Foleshill Road station looking towards Nuneaton
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Coventry Evening Telegraph
View showing the remains of Foleshill Road station looking towards Nuneaton on the 25th April 1987,

Foleshill Goods Yard and Sidings

Foleshill Station's goods yard looking rather empty reflecting the decline in traffic in the late 1950s and early 1960s
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M Rutherford
Foleshill Station's goods yard looking rather empty reflecting the decline in traffic in the late 1950s early 1960s
Close up showing mainly coal wagons standing in Foleshill goods yard with the Station Hotel and Lockhurst Lane in the background
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M Mensing
Close up showing mainly coal wagons standing in the goods yard with Lockhurst Lane in the background
Close up showing a number of timber and steel wagons standing fully loaded with coal on most of Foleshill station's six sidings
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Anon
Close up showing a number of timber and steel wagons fully loaded with coal on most of Foleshill station's six sidings
Close up of the coal stacking areas seen behind the wagons and located against the boundary wall of Campton & Sons Ltd's factory
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AW Flowers
Close up of the coal stacking areas located against the boundary wall of Campton & Sons Ltd's factory
Looking towards Coventry from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with on the left, Foleshill goods yard and Campton & Sons building
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Anon
Close up showing the station's goods yard, now empty and therefore allowing a clear view of the yard's layout

Close up showing primarily BR steel wagons in Foleshill goods yard with Shanks & Sons works in the background on Lockhurst Lane
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M Mensing
Close up showing primarily BR steel wagons in Foleshill goods yard with Shanks & Sons works in the background
Close up showing Foleshill goods yard's coal stacks which were formed by erecting worn out up ended railway sleepers as the walls
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M Mensing
Close up of Foleshill goods yard's coal stacks which were formed by using up ended railway sleepers as the walls

1931 and 1934 aerial views of Foleshill station and Goods Yard

A 1931 aerial photograph of Foleshill Road station's goods yard showing a mix of timber and coal being carried in open wagons
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Britain from Above
A 1931 aerial photograph of the goods yard showing a mix of timber and coal being carried in open wagons
Close up of the 1931 aerial photograph of the goods yard showing the weigh bridge and office by the entrance, top right
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Britain from Above
Close up of the 1931 aerial photograph of the goods yard showing the weigh bridge and office by the entrance
This 1931 aerial view of Foleshill station shows the lengthened platform and the old structures on the original platform
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Britain from Above
A 1931 aerial view of the station shows the lengthened platform & the old structures on the original platform
This 1931 aerial view of Foleshill station's goods yard shows part of the goods shed on the left and the coal sidings behind
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Britain from Above
A 1931 aerial view of the goods yard shows part of the goods shed on the left and the coal sidings behind
Another 1931 aerial view of Foleshill station's goods yard but showing all of the goods shed on the left the siding servicing it
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Britain from Above
Another 1931 aerial view of the goods yard but showing all of the goods shed and the siding servicing it

The first of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The first of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The second of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The second of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The third of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The third of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
Looking towards Birmingham this late Victorian view of the station master's house shows the level crossing closed to road traffic
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Britain from Above
The fourth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The fifth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The fifth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station

The sixth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The sixth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge the station
The seventh of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The seventh of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The eighth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The eighth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The ninth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The ninth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
The tenth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over Foleshill Road station
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Britain from Above
The tenth of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station

Looking towards Birmingham this late Victorian view of the station master's house shows the level crossing closed to road traffic
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Britain from Above
The last of several 1931 aerial photographs of the building of Lockhurst Lane bridge over the station
A 1934 aerial view of Foleshill station which clearly shows that it has been lengthened by the addition of a timber framed structure
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Britain from Above
A 1934 aerial view of Foleshill station showing the platform lengthened by the addition of a timber structure
A 1934 aerial view of Foleshill station's extended platform and its signal cabin seen on the right
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Britain from Above
A 1934 aerial view of Foleshill station's extended platform and its signal cabin seen on the right

Locomotives seen at or near Foleshill Station

Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48686 is seen running tender first whilst at the head of a Nuneaton bound train of empty oil tank wagons
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M Mensing
Ex-LMS 8F 2-8-0 No 48686, running tender first, at the head of a Nuneaton bound train of empty oil tank wagons
LMS railway photo
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M Mensing
Another view of No 48686 in charge of the train of oil tank wagons, the first four being fitted with a pair of bogies
Looking towards Nuneaton as English Electric Type 4 No D339 passes the former site of Foleshill goods yard which has now been fenced off
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J Hyde
English Electric Type 4 No D339 passes the former site of Foleshill goods yard which has now been fenced off
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No 41322 is seen on a two-coach auto fitted Nuneaton to Leamington local passenger service
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Anon
BR built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T
No 41322, auto fitted, on a Nuneaton to Leamington two coach local passenger service
View of the Daimler Motor Company's 0-4-0ST 'Daimler' at the head of a train of specially built wagons exiting the factory's sidings
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LMS Photograph
Daimler Motor Company's
0-4-0ST 'Daimler' heads a train of specially built wagons exiting the factory's sidings

British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75063 passes Campton & Sons works as it approaches the station on a local service
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AW Flowers
BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75063 passes Campton & Sons works as it approaches the station on a local service
British Railways built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No 46446 is seen pulling out of Foleshill station's goods yard at the head of train of oil tanks
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AW Flowers
BR built Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0
No 46446 is seen pulling out of the station's goods yard at the head of train of oil tanks
Ex-L & Y 0-4-0ST 'Pug' No 51204 is seen working the Dunlop sidings to the south of Foleshill station circa 1958
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Anon
Ex-L & Y 0-4-0ST 'Pug' No 51204 is seen working the Dunlop sidings to the south of Foleshill station circa 1958
A Metro Cammel two-car DMU unit has just passed the former Munitions Sidings as it approaches Foleshill station on a local Nuneaton service
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M Mensing
A Metro Cammel two-car DMU unit passes the former Munitions Sidings as it approaches Foleshill station
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 49439' is seen at the head of of a northbound freight as it passes the down refuge loop and munitions sidings
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M Mensing
Ex-LNWR 0-8-0 'Super D' No 49439' is seen at the head of of a northbound freight as it passes the down refuge loop

Close up showing Foleshill Station Signal Box which was situated beneath Lockhurst Lane overbridge and on the down line
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J Hyde
Close up of Foleshill Station Signal Box which was situated on the down line beneath Lockhurst Lane overbridge
British Railways Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73003 is standing at the up platform with a local passenger service to Coventry
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AW Flowers
BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0 No 73003 is standing at the up platform with a local passenger service to Coventry
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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P Riley
BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0
No 75011 on the 5:10pm Coventry to Nuneaton service by passes Webster sidings
British Railways built Fairburn 4MT 2-6-4T No 42062 passes Foleshill goods yard with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger service
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AW Flowers
BR built 4MT 2-6-4T No 42062 passes Foleshill goods yard with a Coventry to Nuneaton local passenger service
LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 109 passes Foleshill goods yard whilst at the head of a four coach Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service
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AW Flowers
LMS 3P 2-6-2T No 109 passes the goods yard at the head of a Nuneaton to Coventry local passenger service

Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3725, having come off the rails adjacent to Compton and Sons factory, awaits the breakdown gang
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P Lee
Ex-MR 2F 0-6-0 No 3725, having come off the rails by Compton and Sons factory, awaits the breakdown gang
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 is seen entering Foleshill station on an down local passenger service
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Anon
BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 is seen entering Foleshill station on an down local passenger service
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
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Anon
BR 4MT 4-6-0No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
British Railways Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
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Anon
BR 4MT 4-6-0 No 75035 departs Foleshill station on a down local passenger service to Nuneaton
A Park Royal DMU comes to a halt at Foleshill station on 7:10 pm Nuneaton to Leamington Avenue local service
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M Mensing
A Park Royal DMU comes to a halt at the station on 7:10 pm Nuneaton to Leamington Avenue local service

A view of Foleshill goods yard taken from the Signal cabin as a Nuneaton bound DMU approaches
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M Wells
A view of Foleshill goods yard taken from the Signal cabin as a Nuneaton bound DMU approaches
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 'Hughes Crab' No 42970 is seen passing Foleshill Road Signal Cabin on a Class K service in 1964
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M Wells
Ex-LMS 2-6-0 'Hughes Crab' No 42970 is seen passing Foleshill Road Signal Cabin on a Class K service

Ordnance Survey Maps, Trackplans and Schematic Drawings

An 1888 Ordnance Survey map showing mainly countryside where the Foleshill Railway was later to be built
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National Library of Scotland
An 1888 Ordnance Survey map showing mainly countryside where the Foleshill Railway was later to be built

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National Library of Scotland
An 1902 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
An 1912 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
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National Library of Scotland
An 1912 Ordnance Survey map showing Foleshill Station and its goods yard in a mainly rural area of Coventry
Looking towards Nuneaton from Lockhurst Lane road bridge with the up platform beneath and Dunbar Road housing estate on the right
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National Library of Scotland
An 1936 OS map showing Foleshill Station and a goods yard has been expanded both with a seventh siding
Diagram of the various sidings and connections along the Coventry and Nuneaton branch from Courtaulds to Three Spires Junction
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Anon
Diagram of the various sidings and connections along the branch from Courtaulds to Three Spires Junction

A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the goods shed and two sets of sidings adjacent to Foleshill station
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the goods shed and two sets of sidings adjacent to Foleshill station
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route from Nuneaton to Coventry plus the Loop Line
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route from Nuneaton to Coventry plus the Loop Line
A 1930s LMS Control strip map showing the route between Nuneaton No 1 Signal Box and Coventry No 3 Signal Box
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M Hollick
A 1930s LMS Control strip map of the route between Nuneaton No 1 Signal Box and Coventry No 3 signal box

Rob Rankin remembers, 'I worked at Foleshill Station in 1959 to 1961. Mr Palmer was the Station Master and I worked with Mrs Hazelton, Bobby Cameron was the ticket clerk and Ernie Hill was the signalman. I also went to Coundon Road station to help out for a hour a day and to Daimler Halt to issue tickets in the morning because it was unmanned. My duties started at 4:30am and I had to open up, light fires in both waiting rooms and get the rest of station ready and clean. Mrs H and I would do the station's flower beds (we did win best looking flower beds once, which I'm quite proud about). I also cleaned, refilled and trimmed the wicks on the signals at the station. Also, on the odd occasion I would help out at Hawkesbury Lane Station. When working as a porter on the late shift, I would see passengers leaving to go home from the many factories near by. Also, there was a very active goods yard. When I finished early shifts, I would go up the signal box and learn a bit about signaling from Ernie. Lovely memories - best job ever'.