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Nuneaton Station is situated on the West Coast Mainline, 97 miles from London Euston in Warwickshire, it is also Criss Crossed by the Birmingham - Leicester line, with the branch to Coventry at the Southern End.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger wise, all expresses are now Pendolino operated with mainly Euston - Liverpool Lime Street services calling, the Birmingham - Leicester/East Anglia services are operated by Central Trains with a mixture of Classes 156, 158, 170 and the occasional 153 and 150. There is an hourly London Midland service using the superb Desiro class 350 units north & south stopping in platform 2 for northbound services & platform 5 for southbound services.
There is a good variety of freight, mainly freightliners, Steel to and from Corby and Margam.
In the evenings though, 3 or 4 car trains pass through with DB Schenker/Freightliner 66s, whilst DRS operate the prestigious WH Malcolm traffic and the late night nuclear flasks. Class 92s also ply their trade with enterprise traffic to and from Dollands Moor.
The Station is located in the Centre of Nuneaton, adjacent to the A444. The Station staff are friendly and there are several CCTV cameras located around the Station.
With the Station next to the A444, the main Coventry - Burton On Trent road, getting to the Station is quite easy, although the road layout was altered a few years ago, to form a one-way system, the Station is clearly signposted on the approach to Nuneatons ring road - Roanne Ringway.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Nuneaton Station map co-ordinates
Either use the main station car park at £6 ( but get there early as its usually full for 08:00) or park over at the Dunelm carpark which is £4.50 for over 4 hrs. This car park fills very quickly.
Asda - advised not to park here as attendants regulary patrol the car park. Cars have been clamped!
Nuneaton is served by an hourly Virgin Trains service to and from London and Liverpool, Central Trains provide 2 trains an hour, the Birmingham - Lincoln Central services and Birmingham - Stansted Airport services.
If you come by bus, the bus station is located on the opposite of ASDA, and as such is less than a 5 minute walk. In fact both the Bus and Train Stations can be seen from ASDA. Stagecoach provide the main bus services from Coventry and Leicester and serve mainly local towns such as Atherstone, Bedworth and Hinckley with a very frequent service. Arriva also operate the 158 route from Leicester.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Toilets are located on Platform 2, which is also adapted for disabled people, there is also an additional disabled toilet on Platform 7, all of which are connected by lifts and footbridge.
Alternatively, ASDA provide a good selection of food and drink in their customer canteen, all of which is very reasonably priced.
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Nuneaton Station general view map
Nuneaton Station close up map
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In general, photography is possible throughout the whole day, and if you are in the right position, the canopies can help block out flares, this is Trial and Error though.
As for videoing, again the canopies help but overall should make very pleasant videos. Unfortunately, the Fire Station and Ambulance Station are nearby and the sirens can be picked up very clearly as they go out on their next call.
the Northern end of Platform 2/3 should make a nice location, as you can also see trains as they cross the flyover on the approach to Platform 6 and 7.
For northbound freight the best place is at the north end of platform 1. Any freight coming from Birmingham now uses the flyover apart from the Bedworth tanks.
Freightliners and intermodals from Birmingham and Hams Hall use the flyover and pass platform 7 before using a new junction to gain acess to the WCML for the south.
Some great shots can be had from the end of platform 7 as the freights come over the flyover.
Any southbound freight from the north will usually use platform 5.
Photography from this platform is almost useless as there is no clear shot at the north end.
The southern end allows clear photos of freight coming off the Leicester line.
General views - All photographs © James Power unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
From the Central trains platform
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking north west
From the foot bridge
Fig 4 - Looking south east
Fig 5 - Looking south
The OTP and loco bay to the south of the station.
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