Friday 13 February 2015

Near the Knuckle [5]

An Appeallingly Amusing Acronym
Bedpans are usually constructed of stainless steel and may be cold, hard and uncomfortable. On the other hand, stainless steel is easy to clean and durable. Also, the supporting area of some products is very small and prolonged use can cause pressure ulcers. To solve these problems, new ergonomic bedpans have been developed, which support the patient with a larger area of warm plastic.

When suburban service from London to Bedford were electrified, the project gained the ungainly soubriquet "The Bedpan Line".

Paris' undergound line 14 was originally branded as "Meteor" (METro Est-Ouest Rapide) and line E of the RER "big train" network was Eole (Est Ouest Liaison Express). French bus networks are often branded with clever but appropriate acronyms.

Which brings us (at last!) to (K)nuckle!

"NUneaton, Coventry, Kenilworth and LEamington (Spa)"

The acronym refers to planned developments on railway lines fom Coventry to Nuneaton and Coventry to Leamington Spa.

Nuckle North : Coventry to Nuneaton

The line was built for the London and North Western Railway and was opened on the 2 September 1850. On 26 January 1857, 23 of the 28 arches of the Spon End viaduct collapsed.
This meant trains travelling south terminated at Coundon Road while the viaduct was rebuilt. This took 3 and a half years to complete and services to Coventry were restored on 1 October 1860.

The line originally had intermediate stations at Coundon Road, Foleshill, Longford and Exhall, Hawkesbury Lane, Bedworth and Chilvers Coton.
In 1917, Daimler Halt was opened between Coundon Road and Foleshill. But this was a private halt for the use of workers at the adjacent Daimler factory, and was not accessible to the general public.

The line was closed in 1965 and re-opened 22 years later; followed in May 1988 with a replacement station at Bedworth.
The Nuckle proposals provide for to extra stops ...
... at the Ricoh footy arena ...
... and at Bermuda Park near Nuneaton. One snippet from Bermuda Park is that the footway between the two platforms ...
... recycles an old bridge that used to cross the canal.
Work has "officially" started on both sites with the obligatory shiny shovel and soundbite snippet.

Nuckle South : Coventry to Leamington Spa
Stations at Warwick Milverton and Kenilworth were closed in 1965; but as part of Nuckle a new Kenilworth station is proposed. No date is yet given for the start of construction but Kenilworthians have been invited to comment on three possible designs for the station building.

1. Very Traditional; 2. Very Modern and 3. Half and half. Click on the composite to enlarge.
And this is what the old station looked like.
Alan, our correspondent, was enjoying his Ranger ticket and had diverted to Leamington Spa. Alan concludes his tale:-

At Leamington sat a Cross Country voyager.

The platform screen said this was the 1823 to Snow Hill but eventually admitted that it was the 1812 to Manchester Piccadilly, next stop Coventry. 1848 from Coventry back to Northampton.

Looking at the map in London Midland’s "Ranger" leaflet produced a slight panic as the Leamington to Coventry line is not shown. However the ticket inspector happily accepted the ticket and a later look at the National Rail website confirms that the line from Leamington to Coventry via Kenilworth is a valid route.

So not just near the Knuckle, but along part of the Nuckle!

 Next bus blog : Saturday 14th February 


  1. The retro option for Kenilworth station got planning permission earlier this week - see

  2. Daimler Halt was a public station from 1956* and featured in timetables without any qualification (unlike Ampress Halt, Lympstone Commando and such which WERE closed to the public.) I don't think it would have been in public timetables if the public couldn't escape from it!

    *So says the Railway and Canal Historical Society's monumental 'Railway passenger stations in GB-a chronology'.