Tamworth (TAM)

Tamworth is split into a high-level station on the Cross Country Route and a low-level station on the West Coast Main Line.

Information
Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line &
Cross Country Route)
Station code: TAM
Opened: 1839
Platforms: 4
The high-level part of the station came first, being opened by the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway in 1839. The London & North Western Railway built platforms for it's Trent Valley Line in 1847 which ran underneath the earlier line. A new joint station was built and shared between the LNWR and Midland Railway [1].

This station was replaced by a modern design in 1962 [2], the Trent Valley Line (now part of the West Coast Main Line) was electrified at the same time. The high-level lines had to be raised to allow for the catenary.

The two parts of the station were officially named "high-level" and "low-level" in 1924, this naming convention remaining until 1971 [3]. Both levels of the station once had numerous sidings, freight yards and the high-level had a turntable. These have all now gone including the once busy Royal Mail facility that would handle hundreds of mailbags a night and required twenty postmen [4].
A Cross Country 170 on the high-level line

LM 350 123 heads off for London Euston, the high-level platforms are above

Mayflower leads an excursion along the WCML

Both levels of the station see a lot of freight traffic, this one on the high-level...

And this one on the low-level

A Virgin Trains Pendolino heads through


[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Tamworth to Derby (Middleton Press, 2015) Fig. 1
[2] David Lawrence, British Rail Designed 1948-97 (Ian Allan, 2016) p. 83
[3] Vic Mitchell, Birmingham to Tamworth and Nuneaton (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 66
[4] Ibid. Fig. 70