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The railway from Leamington Spa to Rugby was a 15m branch line built by the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) and opened in 1851 The branch connected Leamington Spa with the mainline from London to Birmingham (now the West Coast Main Line which had been opened in 1838 by the LNWR's predecessor, the London & Birmingham Railway (L&BR).
The line which opened throughout in 1851 was originally built as single track but as traffic grew the line was doubled in stages from Rugby. By 1884 the whole route to Milverton was double track. The lines were designated Up to Rugby and Down to Leamington Spa.
The Leamington Spa branch diverged from the LNWR mainline half-a-mile west of Rugby station at Trent Valley Junction. Local trains for Leamington Spa 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 Spa-Coventry lines was at Milverton.
In 1895, Marton Junction was constructed when the single track line from Weedon to Daventry was extended westward to join the Leamington Spa to Rugby line, 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Before that, however, regular passenger services on the Leamington Spa to Rugby line had been withdrawn in 1959 (although diverted passenger services occasionally used the line after this date).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, 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

[Thanks to those who have given me permission to use their work to illustrate the line more fully]

LEAMINGTON SPA TO RUGBY

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LEAMINGTON SPA TO RUGBY

MARTON JUNCTION TO WEEDON

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MARTON JUNCTION TO WEEDON