Sunday, 31 July 2016

Queen's Park (QPW)

Type: National Rail (London Underground)
Station code: QPW
Opened: 1879
Queen's Park is situated on the West Coast Main Line in North London. It is served by London Underground Bakerloo Line trains and London Overground trains on the Euston-Watford line. The station is owned by Network Rail but managed by TfL.

The station has 6 platforms though only 4 are currently in use. These platforms are sheltered from the elements by an overall roof.

Currently no Main Line services call at the station after London Midland stopped in 2013 though that may change in future. An interesting aspect of the station is that the Bakerloo Line has one of its depots at the station with carriage sheds at either end of the platforms. Northbound Bakerloo Line trains indeed leave through one of these carriage sheds (see photo below).
A Bakerloo Line trains pulls into the station

The Northern carriage sheds

LO 378 213 arrives on a North bound service

The view from a Bakerloo Line train passing through the depot

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Shanklin (SHN)

Type: National Rail (Island Line)
Station code: SHN
Opened: 1864
Shanklin is the Southern terminus of the Island Line, the last remaining part of the national railway network on the Isle of Wight - which once was an extensive network of 36 stations across the island but now is reduced to a single line between Ryde Pier and Shanklin (plus the Isle of Wight Steam Railway).

Originally the line continued past Shanklin down to Wroxall and Ventnor but these stations were closed in the late 1960s largely due to the extra cost of electrification to these stations as an extra sub-station would have needed to have been built [1]. Shanklin once had 2 platforms but only 1 is used now (the other platform has been turned into a flower garden) but there still remains a ticket office and a shop and the station building is Grade II listed. Two trains an hour leave Shanklin for Ryde.
A view of the main building

483 007 at Shanklin

[1] R.J. Maycock & R. Silsbury, The Isle of Wight Railways From 1923 Onwards (Oakwood Press, 2006), p. 227

Monday, 25 July 2016

Crewe (CRE)

Type: National Rail (West Coast Main Line)
Station code: CRE
Opened: 1837
Crewe is one of the great historic rail centres, a major junction on the West Coast Main Line and the gateway to the North West of England. Crewe station dates from the building of the Grand Junction Railway which linked 2 existing railways and meant London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool were now connected by rail. Crewe station is at the centre of a wide array of railway related sites including Crewe Electric Depot and Crewe Works which manufactured many locomotives ranging from the BR 9F to the HST power cars.

Crewe is a large station with 12 platforms, some of which are a considerable length. Services to the station are very varied and include WCML trains run by Virgin Trains and London Midland as well as local Northern and East Midlands Trains services plus Arriva Trains Wales services to Chester and Wales. There are also Cross County and Caledonian Sleeper services and freight and special workings.

Much of the platforms are covered by canopies though there are quite a few gaps in these at platform extremities and it looks a bit dilapidated. As with all larger stations there are also the usual collection of coffee shops and kiosks. Due to its location Crewe and the great variety of traffic the station has remained a popular destination for enthusiasts.
173 003 departs from under the extensive canopies

A track machine pauses

67 021 passes through light engine

A Pendolino and a Class 57 either side of the wall

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Welcome to Calling at...

This is my third railway focussed blog, the first is my Railway Photos Blog and TOPS Tastic which concentrates on individual classes of locomotive and multiple units. Calling at... on the other hand looks at the stations of Britain. Now this will mostly be National Rail network stations but will also include preserved line stations and also stations in metro networks like the London Underground.

Only stations i have actually been to will be covered. So if a station you like has not been covered all you need to do is give me time... All photos and videos are by myself and therefore are subject to the relevant copyrights.