LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
LMS Route: Hampton in Arden to
Whitacre Station: mrwj1164
Looking towards Derby and Leicester from the Birmingham end
of Whitacre Station's up platform circa 1959. The station was relatively busy
during its ownership by the Midland Railway. Roger Waring notes that passenger
numbers grew from 14,680 in 1872 to 19,029 in 1922, the last year of the
Midland Railway's existence before it was absorbed into the LMS. However the
greatest number carried was in 1882 when numbers spiked at 23,744 only to fall
back to 16,128 in 1887. There is no obvious reason as to why the numbers would
grow by fifty per cent and then more or less return to the previous passenger
numbers. The only other traffic figures of note for 1882 was the significant
spike in the amount of mineral class loads originating from Whitacre Junction.
In 1877 only 655 tons were moved whereas in 1882 this rose to a staggering
9,042 tons only to fall back to 885 tons in 1887.