Evesham was formerly served by two railway companies each with their own station. The Oxford, Worcester
and Wolverhampton Railway opened their station in the town on 1st May
1852 whilst the London Midland Railway station opened on 4th May
1868. The only station now open is the one on the Worcester to Oxford
line as the Midland closed on 17th June 1963. The stations were
adjacent and shared a common approach road. A small locomotive engine
shed stood to the north of the station where the lines to Worcester and Ashchurch diverged.
Click here for more information about Evesham Locomotive Sheds.
Usually some of Worcester's allocation of 0-6-0 'Pannier' tanks plus
a Collett 2-6-0 tender engine or 0-6-0 locomotive were outstationed
here. Much fruit from the Vale of Evesham was loaded at the extensive
sidings here and latterly shunting duties in the freight yard were performed by a diesel shunter.
Early in 1968 Dave Bushell
photographed North British built class 43 'Warship' diesel hydraulic
locomotive No.D851 'Temeraire' at Evesham on the 17.15 service from
London Paddington to Worcester. The date of the photograph is not
known but is thought to be between April and July 1968. 'The Fighting
Temeraire' is the name of a famous painting by J.M.W. Turner which is
in the National Gallery and depicts an old ship being towed to the
scrapyard; a fate which would soon await the class 43 diesel locomotive.
Dave Bushell was at the road
bridge at Evesham in June 1982 to take this tranquil photograph of
class 37 diesel locomotive No.37267 shunting a short train of loaded
ballast wagons which it has left on the 'up' line, presumably during
a period of track maintenance.
This is the view from the 'down'
platform in the direction on Oxford.
At the west end of the station a
few sidings sometimes used by engineer's trains still remain. The
view through the bridge is looking towards the loco shed, the dark
shape that is visible through the right hand arch is the signal box
(built 1957-1958 replacing the two older ones). The red brick
building in the centre of the picture had three users during steam
operation. The nearest door on the end was the platelayers cabin, the
middle doorway was the carriage & wagon examiners cabin and
workshop whilst the far doorway was the shunters cabin. A little
nearer to the station and set back was a huge water tank to supply
the water for the locos. The water was pumped to the tank from a pump
house on the river bank on the up side just beyond the signalbox. The
pump was worked by electricity controlled by float switches in the
tank. Before an electric motor was put in there was a small
stationary boiler and all the firemen had to raise steam and fill the
tank before going off duty.
The passengers on platform 1 are
waiting for a train to Worcester. There is an impressive station
building complete with wooden seats on the 'up' platform.
Viewed from the station footbridge is the old LMSR station, now called
'The Signal House', beyond the parked cars.
All four photographs were taken by Andrew Smith on 12th July 2002.
This photograph was taken by
Andrew Smith on 17th August 2011 at a time when the line was closed
to allow the section from here to Moreton-in-Marsh to be converted to
double track. As can be seen the 'up' line was being relaid, the new
track for which is in the middle of the 'down' line.
provides this interesting anecdote about Evesham:
'Just came across your website it
is very interesting with the information on the sheds. My grandfather
John Cook ran a business which was in the LMSR Goods Yard and after
he retired my father ran it till it was closed in 1969. My Father was
Stephen Cook (Steve) the business was called The British Basket &
Besto Ltd - it did chip baskets and punnets for fruit, as I remember
the Baskets were made in Wisbech and came to Evesham to be
distributed. I always remember spending a lot of time with Dad's
secretary Beryl Sadler and a girl called Phyllis they always took me
to see the trains. I have some great memories of the railway in
Evesham. It was only a few years ago the last bit of Dad's
warehouse/offices were demolished, but i managed to get in before
that and on the wall was my two sister's mine and my brother's
heights and ages were still on the wall. I will try and get some
photos sorted for your website. Kind Regards Tom Cook.
has supplied this interesting article:
'Dear Andrew, I was looking
through an old magazine the other day and there was a picture of
78008 on a local from Kingham (Wos sub shed) to Oxford. there's only
one cop of the 78xxx 2MT and that is 78008 (78008 was at Worcester
from 1953 to 1962 - ACS). we had 78004 (on loan from Gloucester? -
ACS) sent to Evesham to work the 7.03 turn two trips Leamington, with
the covered tender the idea was to work without turning the loco, we
were made up with comfy seats, injectors in front very handy, and a
speedometer, we found that we peaked 75 to 80 mph between stations,
with station stops and water stops we averaged 30 mph for the whole
journey. Our back working the 9.05 am Leamington to Evesham loaded
anything from 6 to 10 coaches with return stock working and through
coaches from Paddington to Stratford upon Avon (full of Yanks) so at
times the 78xxx was very overloaded and really struggled up Hatton
bank. When going tender first and the coal was down a bit there was a
howling gale across the footplate bringing lumps of coal and slack
with it. The fire hole doors had a tendency to stick closed when they
got hot the only way to open them was heavy work with the coal pick
and levering with the fire irons, due to the overloading they were
removed from the passenger work at Evesham. They were then tried on
local pickups but to reverse during shunting it was 24 turns of the
reverser to change direction, causing delay to the shunting and
exhaustion to the Driver. The 82xxx 3MT were tried for a bit, but
they disappeared after a short time.
My Brother sent me a photo of the
LMSR river bridge also the loco in the background taken about 1924,
interesting is that the GWR shed roads are full of vans, no coal or
ash wagons. was the shed out of use? '
An extract from a 1930 Ordnance Survey map and shows both stations and the complex of lines.
This map is the copyright Doug Carver and reproduced here with permission.