LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
Nuneaton Abbey Street Station: mrna1671c
Close up of image 'mrna1671' showing the bridges carrying
the MR's lines to Ashby and Leicester over the West Coast Main Line. The
Midland line to Leicester is seen crossing the Trent Valley at the bottom of
the photograph whilst the branch from Abbey Junction to Ashby is seen curving
away to the right. On the right is the junction carrying LNWR traffic from the
West Coast Main Line to Ashby. The sidings between the line connecting to the
Trent Valley line and the line to Leicester were designed to accommodate long
mineral trains. Its not known whether these sidings were used as exchange
sidings between the LNWR and Midland in the days before grouping in 1923.
However since the 1860s the Midland did have running rights to Coventry over
LNWR lines where it had a goods shed in the LNWR goods yard so its more likely
that exchange traffic between the companies would have taken place at the
LNWR's more extensive facilities.