LMS Route: Nuneaton to Coventry
LMS Route: Coventry Loop Line
Three Spires Junction: lnwrcll4175
The third of three 1929 'landscape' aerial views of the
sidings and the numerous Private Owner Wagons stabled at Three Spires
That most of the mineral wagons in this image showing
sidings at Three Spires Junction circa 1930 suggests that it is an assembly
point where trains are made up to the main collieries en route to Nuneaton,
Griff, Exhall, Newdigate and Keresley. It is also likely that some will be
forwarded to the sidings at Nuneaton for onforwarding to pits on the Trent
Valley line, as well as via the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway to the
collieries of Leicestershire and south Derbyshire. Possibly the two nearest
tracks are for unsorted wagons One thing is certain - they are all empty and
the only destination is to a colliery to be loaded and pass through this yard
in a train in an average of a weeks time. Unfortunately the image is not clear
enough to identify most of the wagons, but those of te Newdigate and
particularly the Griff colliery stand out.
The top row is a mixed load only two wagons of the C.W.S can
be identified. As the Arley colliery sold a lot of coal to the C.W.S., this may
be their destination.
The second row contains at least eleven Newdigate wagons and
this would be where it was bound for. Trains of empty wagons destined for
collieries usually were made up of a mix of colliery and private owner wagons,
and often a smattering of railway company wagons as well.
The third row is obviously heading for the Griff sidings, it
contains six Griff wagons and several apparently empty railway company wagons ,
not cleaned out, which would be bound for the various brickworks on those
sidings, as bricks were at the time carried usually in railway-owned wagons.
Note the two different lettering styles for the Griff wagons.
Only four wagons can be identified in the second row from
the front, one for Dunlop's of Reading and the other for Pemberton of Abingdon.
There are two for Ansley Hall fourth and fifth from the right hand end. One the
front row none can be positively identified.
This brings into focus the length of time take for a wagon
to leave the colliery and return empty. For the Griff Colliery, the Wath Main
Colliery six miles north-west of Rotherham. the six collieries of the Bolsover
company surrounding Mansfield: fourteen days average. For the wagons of the
Yeovil coal factor Bradford & Co their average was a very poor seventeen
trips a year. The best results, from the very skimpy records that have
survived, were those of the City of Birmingham Electricity Department, with an
admittedly unusually short haul to collieries no more than twenty miles away,
their wagons averaged 45 trips a year.