Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Shanklin (SHN)

Information
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)

Information
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 being my Railway Photos Blog which was followed by British Diesels & Electrics (this concentrates on individual classes of locomotive and multiple units).

Calling at... on the other hand looks at the stations of Britain. Which stations? Well this includes all National Rail network stations. It also included preserved line stations and also stations in metro networks like the London Underground, even closed stations too... so more or less everything!

However 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 as i will get there eventually. Although this blog began well before the All The Stations project (July 2016 to be exact) i have been inspired by Geoff & Vicki's adventures and will one day visit every single station in the country. Though at my current rate it will take over 20 years...

All photos and videos are by myself and therefore are subject to the relevant copyrights.