Leapgate Private Sidings

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OS Map Hartlebury to Stourport 1960
OS Map Wilden 1951, with Leapgate Private Sidings south of the line on the right

The Leapgate Private Sidings were situated between Hartlebury and Stourport at 133m 36ch. They served a depot of the Regent Oil Company (named Texaco after 1967) which opened on 28 August 1939. The depot had no road connection and was probably connected to the Government Pipeline Storage System, a secret fuel supply network created during the Second World War which included a branch running from Ellesmere Port to Avonmouth via Stourport.[1][2]

The two sidings, one on each side of a gantry, would each hold up to 13 20-ton or 17 10-ton tank wagons. Access to the sidings was controlled by a 2-lever ground frame operating the points and a facing point lock, released by the electric token for the Hartlebury to Stourport section. UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) to 30 wagons were propelled to the sidings from Stourport, led by a brake van[3].

See also


  1. GPSS on historic-uk.com
  2. CLH Pipeline (Formerly GPSS) on Wikipedia
  3. Marshall (1989) p. 87.