Friday, 28 October 2016

Golders Green (ZGG)

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Northern Line)
Station code: ZGG
Opened: 1907
Golders Green is a station on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line in North London and is a transport hub with an adjacent bus and coach station. The station was originally opened in 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway as a terminus.

The line was extended North in 1923. North of the station is Brent Cross with Hampstead being to the South of the station. An incompleted station is in between Golders Green and Hampstead, this was North End which was abandoned in 1906, though what was completed still remains and is used for storage [1]. Golders Green is the first station on this branch of the Northern Line to be in open air leaving London.

Golders Green was also home to a depot for the railway and this remains, though for the Northern Line these days, and is where most overhaul and maintenance work takes place on the line [2]. The station has 5 platforms (1 is unused) and 3 through roads.
Station canopies

Northern Line train departs

Approaching the station

[1] Ben Pedroche, Do Not Alight Here (Capital History, 2011) p. 134
[2] John Glover, ABC London Underground (Ian Allan, 1997) p. 41

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wilmcote (WMC)

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Type: National Rail (Shakespeare Line)
Station code: WMC
Opened: 1860
Wilmcote is 4 miles North of Stratford-upon-Avon and serves the historic village of the same name which is the site of Mary Arden's Farm (this is advertised on the station name signs). The original Wilmcote station dates from 1860 and was on the Hatton-Stratford Line with just a single platform. The current station dates from 1908 when the line from Birmingham to Stratford (and through the Cheltenham) was upgraded and doubled by the Great Western Railway [1].

Wilmcote station is just South of Bearley Junction where the Shakespeare Line is joined by a line from Leamington Spa. Wilmcote is served by London Midland and Chiltern Railways, some of whose services go through to London Marylebone.

Wilmcote is an unmanned station these days though retains its station buildings however neither are open to the public.
Birmingham / London platform and main station building

A London Midland 150 departs for Stratford
The footbridge

Station sign

Station building on Stratford platform

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 37

Friday, 21 October 2016

Portsmouth Harbour (PMH)

Information
Type: National Rail (Portsmouth
Direct Line) 
Station code: PMH
Opened: 1876
Portsmouth Harbour Station is situated on a pier in  Portsmouth Harbour in between Gunwharf Quays and the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard. The station is at the end of the Portsmouth Direct Line from London and has interchange with ferries to the Isle of Wight (and the Island Line of course) and Gosport.

The station was opened in 1876 as the terminus of the Portsmouth Direct Line from London Waterloo. Services from Waterloo still form the bulk of traffic though there are also regular services from Cardiff and along the coast. South West Trains, Southern and Great Western Railway currently serve the station which has 4 active platforms.


The station's proximity to military targets meant it suffered badly in the Second World War from German bombs in early 1941. The station was badly damaged in a raid on the night of January 11th which saw 13 cars from stabled EMUs destroyed and the platform structures burnt out. One platform was restored to use but the rest of the station remained unavailable until 1946 [1].
SWT 444 021

Exterior view, a SWT train can be just seen through the windows!

Southern 377 153 and SWT 450 105

[1] David Brown, Southern Electric Vol 2 (Capital Transport, 2010) p. 47

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Imperial Wharf (IMW)

Information
Type: National Rail (West London Line)
Station code: IWM
Opened: 2009
Imperial Wharf is a fairly recent addition to the London railway scene, the station was opened in 2009 between West Brompton and Clapham Junction and serves Chelsea, especially Chelsea Dock which is close by. Originally the station was going to be called Chelsea Dock but in the end the station took its name from the redeveloped brown field site next to it which now has hundreds of luxury flats on it.

The station is just North of the Thames and is served by London Overground and Southern. The station is elevated and is accessible via lifts or stairs from a ground floor ticket office.
LO 378 223 calls at the station

A Class 66 hauled freight passes through and is about to cross the Thames.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Cogan (CGN)

Information
Type: National Rail (Vale of
Glamorgan Line)
Station code: CGN
Opened: 1888
Cogan is a station a couple of miles South of Cardiff Central on the Vale of Glamorgan Line. The current station was opened in 1888 next to an existing station called Penarth Dock on the Penarth & Sully branch which was opened in 1878 this part of the station closed in 1962 though there are proposals to re-open a platform on this line at Cogan.

The current station is a fairly standard suburban one with "bus" shelters and a ticket machine but no staff. From Cogan there are regular services to Cardiff Central, Barry Island and Bridgend.
View from the footbridge

The footbridge which is Grade II listed, the Penarth branch can be just seen beyond the bridge going off to the right

Station sign
ATW 142 060 arrives with a Cardiff Central bound service

Friday, 7 October 2016

Royal Albert (ZRC)

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Docklands Light Railway)
Station code: ZRC
Opened: 1994
Royal Albert is a station on the Beckton branch of the Docklands Light Railway between Prince Regent and Beckton Park. The station opened in 1994 and is located next to the London Regatta Centre and Royal Albert Dock. From the platform there is a good view of London City Airport though this is on the opposite side of the dock (and has its own station anyway).

Like most DLR stations Royal Albert is unmanned and rather austere with little facilities apart from a ticket machine though both platforms have lift access.
A city bound train arrives at Royal Albert

Space under the station showing one of the lifts

This stretch, like much of the DLR, is elevated

A city bound train departs