Marvellous Monday

This was our first workday held on a week day and everything was perfect. We had fabulous weather, two roaring bonfires, six or so volunteers and boy did we clear a whole load of trees in the picnic clearing.

Standing under the Victorian footbridge looking northwards

We burnt off all the brash and made a log pile.
 
 
This is going to be great for insects and mosses, lichens and fungi. I am really excited to see what will be attracted to it in the summer of next year.
 
Some good news, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have decided to write a Management Plan for the greenway. They are going to do this free of charge and it will be loads better than our existing one, which is really just a plan for scrub clearance.
 
Thanks to all that came today. Really made a huge difference, again. Next workday in a couple of weeks time when we can take out the rest of the trees around the picnic clearing and burn off the brash, rake the ground to get all the loose bits up and build another log pile. And then we have it all to do again on the other side of the bridge!
 
A little bit of history about the railway-line if you are interested..
  
The original proposal for the line was put forward by the Rugby, Leamington and Warwick Railway Company (which soon became the Rugby and Leamington Railway). The Act for the railway received Royal Assent on 13 August 1846. The undertaking was sold to the LNWR on 17 November 1846.

However, the line from Rugby was not the first to reach Leamington. The L&BR had opened a branch from its mainline at Coventry in 1844 which terminated at Milverton, midway between Leamington and Warwick. This terminal Station was originally called Leamington despite being a mile from the town. When the LNWR line from Rugby was built in 1851, it extended west of Leamington crossing the River Leam on a stone Viaduct to make an end-on connection to the branch from Coventry.

Meanwhile, however, the Great Western Railway (GWR) Oxford to Birmingham line was being constructed through Leamington and the line from Rugby ran parallel to it. The GWR’s original Leamington station opened in 1852 and its successor on the same site is still open today. Two years later, the LNWR opened its own station alongside the GWR station. The LNWR’s station was north of the GWR’s and at a slightly lower level. This new station was named Leamington Avenue and the former LNWR terminus on the line from Coventry was renamed Warwick (Milverton).

The line from Rugby to Leamington opened throughout on 1 March 1851. It was originally built as single track but as traffic grew the line was doubled in stages from Rugby: by January 1884 the whole route to Milverton was double track. The lines were designated Up to Rugby and Down to Leamington.

The Leamington branch diverged from the LNWR mainline half-a-mile west of Rugby Station at Trent Valley Junction. Local trains for Leamington used the down (north) end bay platforms at Rugby. At the other end of the line, services from Rugby ran through to Warwick (Milverton) and this practice continued until closure because the loco shed and servicing depot for the Rugby-Leamington-Coventry lines was at Milverton.

In 1895, a junction was constructed when the single track line from Weedon to Daventry was extended westward to join the Rugby to Leamington line. Marton Junction was two miles west of Marton station in a deep cutting through a ridge of high ground. The junction remained in use until the withdrawal in the mid-1980s of the infrequent freight trains supplying the Rugby Portland Cement Company’s works beside the line near Long Itchington.

Before that, however, regular passenger services on the Rugby to Leamington line had been withdrawn in June 1959 (although diverted passenger services occasionally used the line after this date). General goods traffic lasted a few years longer but the line closed as a through route in the mid-1960s. However, as noted above, the line from Rugby as far as Marton Junction (together with the first three miles of the line towards Weedon) remained open until freight services to the cement works finished.

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Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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