Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hatton (HTN)

Information
Type: National Rail (Chiltern Line)
Station code: HTN
Opened: 1852
Hatton sits at the junction of the Chiltern Main Line and a branch line to Stratford-upon-Avon. Originally Hatton was quite an extensive station with a ticket office, goods sidings, three signal boxes and a turntable but all of these are long gone now! [1]

Nowadays the station is an unmanned halt with just a couple of bus shelters, a footbridge and a permit to travel machine. The railway lines still exist though but most trains do not stop at the station these days but it is still pretty well connected with 3 platforms in use. During the day there are services between Birmingham Moor Street and Leamington Spa every couple of hours and regular services between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon. There are also a few services through to Worcester and London Marylebone in the mornings and evenings.
View from the road bridge looking towards Leamington Spa

A Birmingham bound express powers through behind a Class 67

Signal for the Stratford branch

The view towards Birmingham, which is where this Chiltern DMU is bound

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Moor Street) (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 6