LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
LMS Route: Nuneaton to
Coventry Station: lnwrcov600a
Close up of image 'lnwrcov600' showing further examples of
parcels traffic which were dispatched from the station by passenger train.
Whereas most people would consider parcel traffic to be moving boxes, for
nearly 150 years on the railways it could include any item that could be
transported in a vehicle passed fit for being attached to a passenger train.
This could be vacuum fitted Vent vans (as seen image 'lnwrcov610a') or 50 foot brake vehicles (as seen in
image 'lnwrcov599') or even placed in the guards
compartment on passenger services. The motor tricycle, seen above and built by
a Coventry company for the use by disabled people, being an extreme but typical
example of how broad the term parcel traffic could be. As stated previously,
the 1838 station had no parcel facilities much to the annoyance of local
businessmen and merchants who were therefore compelled to go to Birmingham to
collect their goods. This did not change until the second station was built a
couple of years later.