Lost Infrastructure - Rugby North Bays
The real Rugby station once had busy bay platforms at the North end of the station numbered platform 3, 4, 5 and 6. These would have seen local services to Birmingham, Leicester, Leamington and the Trent Valley. Beeching's mid 60's line closures saw the loss of Leicester and Leamington services but as late as 1986 as shown below they had a good few local services using class 303, 304, 310, 321 and 323 units down the years. Parcels trains regularly stopped over in the North bays too.
A freight stock exhibition in July 86 saw withdrawn but still a classic exhibit in 40013 have company with 25901 in platform 6. The 2004 "improved" timetable saw Rugby loose the majority of its terminating services but the 2 surviving bay lines (platform 3 and 6) were used as stabling for West Coast "thunderbirds" and sometimes up to 6 Freightliner "sheds".
Rebuilding of Rugby station which finished in 2006 saw the bays track ripped up and the whole area between the main island platforms filled with tons of spent ballast..This is how the former bays remain today, obviously the huge ballast area now has buddleia and weeds growing, surely the spare land could be put to better use?
May - Sep 86 timetable Mon-Fri
0600 Rugby - Birmingham
0635 Rugby - Stafford (via TV)
0710 arr - 0621 ex Birmingham
0725 Rugby - Birmingham
0846 arr - 0742 ex Stafford (via TV)
0931 Rugby - Stafford (via TV)
1148 arr - 1041 ex Stafford (via TV)
1220 Rugby - Stafford (via TV)
1624 Rugby - Birmingham
1655 arr - 1533 ex Stafford (via TV)
1719 Rugby - Stoke (via TV)
1743 arr - 1651 ex Birmingham
1841 arr - 1751 ex Birmingham
1946 arr - 1840 ex Stafford (via TV)
North Bay phots
47840 on thunderbird duties in platform
2 of the North Bay on 240704 Rugby's North bays have seen a great variety of both
unit and loco power, but for the last 12 years the site of where the busy bays
once stood, they have become a field of empty ballast, progress....! Any more Rugby North bay memories to
Rugby's North bays have seen a great variety of both unit and loco power, but for the last 12 years the site of where the busy bays once stood, they have become a field of empty ballast, progress....!
Any more Rugby North bay memories to share?