Evesham (Midland) Station
I find Evesham (Midland) Station fascinating! If ever the
competition between railway companies needed a clear illustration it
could be found at Evesham. The Midland station was side by side
with the GWR station as this extract from my father's 1946 Cheltenham
and Evesham maps shows:-
The Midland station is the lower red dot while the GWR one is the upper
dot. Of course, being an LMS man he never photographed the GWR
station on his visit. Note all the orchards shown on the map!
The Midland station was on the line from Barnt Green to Ashcurch that
now only goes as far as Redditch. It closed on 17 June 1963.
Angus got in touch to say that in the early BR years before the
ex-Midland station shut, "One unusual feature of this station was that
although the station buildings were separate, with the car park in
between, they were treated as one station with the ex-GWR station
as Platforms 1 and 2, while the ex-MR platforms were 3 & 4. The
'porters' used to travel from one side of the car park to the other to
attend to the trains on the ex-Midland line."
The MIAC site
us that it is the GWR station that survives today as the current
Evesham Station. Thankfully, the Midland station building also
survives and is called 'The Signal House'
Evesham (MR) Stn from W - 13/11/62
east, the station building on the Redditch bound platform is the
building that is now known as 'The Signal House'. The road bridge
in the distance is where the third photo was taken from as it carries
High Street over the line.
Angus kindly provided this
picture of ex-GWR 'Collett' 3745 that was taken from under the
canopy seen in the centre of my father's picture. His notes on
the back say that the train had come from Ashchurch and he believes it
dates from September 1961.
Evesham (MR) Stn from E - 13/11/62
|Here we are
at the other end of the platform looking west. This view clearly
shows the typical Midland style wrought iron footbridge. The
nearby sign, not unexpectedly, reads, "Passengers are requested to
cross the line by means of the bridge". In the distance there
appears to be some sidings occupied by goods wagons.
Evesham (MR) Stn from High St - 13/11/62
shot from the High Street and looking west provides a complete view of
the station including a water column on the far right. I wondered
if that was an
engine shed on the left but thanks to Mike for letting me know that it
was a goods shed as illustrated on his Warwickshire
The GWR station was just off to the right of this view.