Tamworth railway station
Tamworth Station Building
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|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||4|
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Tamworth is a split-level railway station which serves the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England. It is located where the Cross Country Route passes over the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line, in the United Kingdom, although there is no longer a rail link between the two lines.
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The original station was opened on 12 August 1839 by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway on its original route from Derby to Hampton-in-Arden meeting the London and Birmingham Railway for London
The joint station didn't acquire the "High Level" and "Low Level" names until 1924. Since it was expected that only local trains would call, the platforms were on loops, with the running lines left clear for expresses. At that time there was a north to west curve linking the, by then, Midland with the LNWR line. Since it was the crossing of two major lines – one Bristol to Newcastle, the other Euston to Aberdeen – it was important for the Royal Mail transferring upwards of 2000 bags every night.
A north to east curve was also built very early on by the Trent Valley Railway and the Birmingham & Derby Junction railway, and track was laid on it, but it is not known whether it was ever used. It was certainly lifted by the turn of the century. The track left the Trent Valley line and climbed on an embankment until it crossed the River Anker via a bridge, then entered a cutting until reaching the Midland line. The bridge, known locally as the Spider Bridge, was demolished sometime during the late 1960s by the Royal Engineers, and the cutting was filled in shortly afterwards, so there is little to see nowadays except for the vegetation-covered embankment leading to the bridge.
Prior to the introduction of diesel engines, Tamworth Railway Station was particularly well known to 'train spotting' enthusiasts as the closest station to Birmingham at which the larger and faster steam engines could be seen on the London to the North West Coast Line. The south-east corner, where the lines crossed, was at that time a vacant field, and used to be filled with spotters who would bring refreshments and spend the whole day there. A housing estate now occupies that spot.
There was a large water tower and pumping station at the east end of the low level, pumping water from the River Anker below.
The original station was demolished in 1961 and the rebuilt station opened in 1962 and at the same time the Trent Valley Line was electrified, requiring the High level line and platforms to be raised by two feet.
Accidents and incidents
- On 14 September 1870, a mail train was diverted into a siding due to a signalman's error. It crashed through the buffers and ended up in the River Anker. Three people were killed.
There are four platforms:
- Platforms 1 and 2 on the low level (the West Coast Main Line):
- Platforms 3 and 4 on the high level (on the Cross Country Route):
London Midland operates a regular Monday to Sunday semi-fast hourly service between London and Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent which calls at Tamworth. This service uses Class 350 multiple units. Some peak services start or terminate at Northampton.
- 1 train per day from London to Glasgow Central via Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle (Monday to Friday only);
- 1 train per day from London to Lancaster via Preston (Monday to Friday only);
- 2 trains per day from London to Preston, one of which stops to set down only (reduced to 1 train per day on Saturdays and Sundays);
- 1 train per day from London to Liverpool Lime Street via Stafford and Runcorn (Monday to Saturday only, increased to 2 trains per day on Saturdays);
- 1 train per day from London to Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe (Monday to Friday only);
- 1 train per day from London to Crewe via Stafford, which stops to set down only (Monday to Friday only).
Eastbound, there are:
- 1 train per day from Lancaster to London (Mondays to Fridays only);
- 2 trains per day from Liverpool Lime Street to London (reduced to 1 train per day on Saturdays and Sundays);
- 1 train per day from Manchester Piccadilly to London (Mondays to Fridays only).
All Virgin Trains services are operated by Class 390 Pendolinos.
Grand Central has been given permission to run 6 trains a day from London to Blackpool North from 2018, with conditional permission for a stop at Tamworth dependent upon future capacity after infrastructural work. 
Northbound, the typical Monday-Saturday frequency of services is as follows:
- 2 trains per hour to Nottingham via Derby;
- 1 train per 2 hours to Glasgow Central via Derby, Sheffield, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.
On Sundays this is reduced to 1 train per hour to Nottingham and 1 train per 2 hours to Glasgow.
Southbound, the typical Monday-Saturday frequency of services is as follows:
- 1 train per hour to Cardiff Central via Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa;
- 1 train per hour to Birmingham New Street only;
- 1 train per 2 hours to Plymouth via Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads and Exeter St Davids. Peak-time services are extended to Penzance.
On Sundays the hourly service to Birmingham does not operate.
- Dudley Port railway station, which also had 2 levels until the 1960s.
- Retford railway station, on 2 levels since the 1960s (previously a flat crossing).
- Lichfield Trent Valley railway station
- Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station, on 2 levels, opened in 1995.
- Shotton railway station
- "Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway". Aris’s Birmingham Gazette. British Newspaper Archive. 12 August 1839. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "Private Opening of the Trent Valley Railway". Derby Mercury. British Newspaper Archive. 30 June 1847. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "Railway Stations. Alterations in Names of Tamworth Stations". Tamworth Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 17 May 1924. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- Pixton, B., (2005) Birmingham-Derby: Portrait of a Famous Route, Runpast Publishing
- Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. pp. 38–39. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0.
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 67
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 65
- Topham, Gwyn. "Virgin has a rival: GNWR to run London to Blackpool west coast rail service". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 51 & 57
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Cardiff – Nottingham
|Burton on Trent|
|Birmingham New Street||CrossCountry
South West – North East
|Lichfield Trent Valley|
|Lichfield Trent Valley|
|London Euston||Virgin Trains
|Lichfield Trent Valley|
|London Euston or
|Lichfield Trent Valley|
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Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway
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