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LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Tamworth
LMS Route: Hampton in Arden to Whitacre

Whitacre Station: mrwj123a

Close up of MR 0-6-0 No 2641 at the head of a single coach train to Hampton

Close up of image 'mrwj123' showing more clearly MR 2F 0-6-0 No 2641 on the Hampton to Whitacre one-coach Parliamentary train. By 1844 the opening of alternative routes to both Birmingham and London saw the Hampton service rapidly decline down to one train per day from 1902. Whilst uneconomic the Midland Railway could not avoid its obligations under parliamentary legislation until economy measures under the Emergency Act resulting from the First World War finally allowed its closure on 1st January 1917.