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Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
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Keywords:Andrew Barclay, BW, Industrial, Steam, West Midlands
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Date modified19-Feb-13 09:49
AB 2053 1962-03-03 Coventry Admiralty Stores Depot Foleshill

AB 2053 1962-03-03 Coventry Admiralty Stores Depot Foleshill

Nominally independent, the Foleshill Railway was opened in 1901 to serve Webster's brickworks from a junction off the Coventry to Nuneaton line. In 1905 it was extended to serve the new Courtaulds factory and Coventry Ordnance Works. During the First World War the line carried much heavy ordnance traffic from the Admiralty works, some of which was in the form of gun barrels for the Royal Navy's Dreadnought class battleships. The Ordnance Works alone dispatched 40,000 tons of traffic and the Foleshill Munition Factory was responsible for another 232,500 tons of wartime traffic. The works was also connected to the Coventry loop line, which in later days carried the majority of the traffic. Coventry Ordnance Co was acquired by the Admiralty in about 1936 and re-equipped. Andrew Barclay works No. 2053 of 1938 was part of that refurbishment programme. Named Nellie, it was photographed at the Admiralty Stores Depot on 3rd March 1962, but would soon be scrapped.