LH Group, Barton under Needwood

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LH Group, Barton under Needwood

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:45 pm


LH Group                                                    
Graycar Business Park                                  
Barton under Needwood                              
DE13 8EN  

For parking at the KitchenCo / Travelodge

A38 Southbound
Barton under Needwood
DE13 8EH

Purchased by the LH Group Services LTD and consequently moving to the Barton under Needwood premises in 2004, the Hunslet Engine Company undertake repairs and overhauls to various classes of shunter. These include the Freightliner fleet, aswell as the industrial scene. The HEC also provide the hire of their own small shunter fleet, with WH Malcolm being one such company who has taken the advantage.

On the 5th October 2012, the company was purchased by the Wabtec Rail Group.


By Car - By leaving the M1 at junction 24 ( or 24a if coming southbound ), take the A50 signposted for Stoke on Trent. Continue along the dual carriageway until you reach junction 4, which is the A38 for Birmingham, Derby and Burton on Trent. Take the exit and upon reaching the island, take the 2nd exit for the A38 Birmingham. Follow for approx 8 miles, passing the Branston turn off in the process. This is the last junction you'll pass before reaching the Travelodge. From here, proceed for a further mile, and after passing the Bartonfields Garden Centre on your left, take the turning onto the former Little Chef car park.

If travelling northbound on the A38 from the Lichfield - Tamworth - Birmingham direction, you'll need to come off at the Branston turn off, this signposted for Burton and the A5121. Then rejoin the southbound carriageway and proceed as mentioned in the last few sentences above.

Once parked up, head along the grass verge northwards towards Burton ( the grass verge is fairly wide ). When you've passed about half of the industrial estate complex, there is a small style in the hedgerow - it is easily visible as it is a public footpath. Follow the path around the edge of the LH Group premises, to where the shunters and other stock can easily be seen. Walking time from the car park will take you about 5 minutes.

By Rail - Unfortunately, the closest station is Burton, this being quite a good walk away. However, a Lichfield bound bus route takes the A38, but this starts from Burton bus station. For details, times etc, follow the link below..


Ask for Barton Fields garden centre, with walking time from the stop being approx 5 minutes. Upon alighting, you'll need to walk along the grass verge towards the Lichfield direction and take the style, this mentioned in the driving directions.

Alternatively, a Burton to Tamworth XC service passes the rear of the LH Group. However, given the speed and where the shunters are parked, viewing could prove to be difficult. Identifying these clearly will be impossible also. If starting from Burton, you'll need to be facing the direction of travel and sitting on the right hand side. The buildings will come into view about 5 minutes after departure. And if from Tamworth, the best way is to sit with your back on the direction of travel and on your right hand side. The LH buildings will be immediately visable once passing the Central Rivers Bombardier depot. A return journey will roughly cost about £6.00.

Notes - Most of the shunters will easily be visable from the footpath. However, those who are waiting to leave following repairs, will usually be parked near the Travelodge and out of sight. You can sometimes view these from the hotel's car park, although you may get challenged by the staff by being on their premises.

At the time of writing ( April 2013 ), the Little Chef had closed down and is up for sale. The car park can still be used, although this may change if and when new owners come in.
In December 2014, the building is now in the hands of the KitchenCo. It is unsure at present, what impact this will have on the parking situation.

The grass verge and parts of the footpath will get overgrown in the summer months, with nettles the main hazard. With this and given the height of some of them, it isn't advisable to be wearing shorts on your visit !!

If you follow the said path alongside the LH Group yard, this leads to a footbridge, which spans the mainline. This is an ideal location for photography, filming or just general spotting.

Vantage Points - Just the footpath. No other vantage points ( apart from a passing train ) are on offer. And as you'll only be a few feet away from the shunters, you don't really need anymore !

Photos - View from the footpath.
            View of the compound.
            The view from the footbridge, looking north towards Burton.
            And south, in the Tamworth direction.

Maps - Road.
         Birds eye.
         Ordnance survey.

Current Allocation:

01510 - White & purple
08571 - Wabtec black
08615 - Wabtec black
08785 - Freightliner
08873 - RES
08913 - Yellow, blue and a green bodyside band. Has a yellow roof

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