Thursday, 30 November 2017

Edgware Road Bakerloo Line (ZER)

Edgware Road is on the London Underground tube map twice, confusingly there are two completely different stations with the same name! This station is on the Bakerloo Line and is separated by a few streets from the other Edgware Road station on the Circle and District Lines.
Information
Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line)
Station code: ZER
Opened: 1907
Platforms: 2

Edgware Road was the original Northern terminus of the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (later known as the Bakerloo Line) which opened in 1907. The line opened before the station was finished however and trains terminated at Marylebone for a few months [1] before Edgware Road finally opened.

There were a number of ideas for extending the railway beyond Edgware Road and in the end the line the scheme chose  was to extend to Paddington and beyond in the early 1910s, Edgware Road became a through station in 1913 [2]. Access to the platforms from the ticket hall is via lifts or 125 steps. The station was closed for a number of months in 2013 for lift refurbishment.

There have been proposals to rename this station to end confusion with the other Edgware Road though so far they have come to naught.
A Bakerloo Line train prepares to depart North

Brown and cream tiles are the predominate colour scheme underground

More brown

Access to the platforms from the ticket hall is via lifts or a lot of steps!

Former ticket counter
Station frontage

[1] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 20
[2] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 119

Monday, 27 November 2017

Nottingham (NOT)

Nottingham is a major station on the Midlands Main Line and also the terminus of the Derwent Valley and Robin Hood Lines. It is the only survivor of what were once a number of stations in the city.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Midlands Main Line)
Station code: NOT
Opened: 1848
Platforms: 7
Nottingham was opened by the Midlands Railway in 1848 though was not the city's first station (this being the now-closed Carrington Street station in 1839). The station was rebuilt in 1904 to compete with the new station, Nottingham Victoria, built by the Great Central Railway. Much of the surviving station dates from that rebuild.

Nottingham was renamed Nottingham City and then Nottingham Midland in the 1950s but the name was changed back to Nottingham when the other stations in the city were closed.

The station was redeveloped in the 2010s for £60 million. A new multi-storey carpark was built, as was a new passenger concourse and the station's original Grade II listed architecture restored. The station was also remodelled to add a seventh platform. In recent years the station has also become the hub of the expanding Nottingham tram network.
Footbridge linking the platforms


East Midland and Cross Country are two of the companies which serve Nottingham

East Midland Trains HST stands at Nottingham

A Cross Country Turbostar at Nottingham

Thursday, 23 November 2017

St. James's Park (ZSS)

St. James's Park is a tube station in central London. Above the station is the headquarters of Transport for London called 55 Broadway.

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Circle & District Lines)
Station code: ZSS
Opened: 1868
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the District Railway in 1868 on its line from South Kensington to Westminster. The station was rebuilt twice in the first half of the 20th century to incorporate the building of office space for the London Underground railway companies. The last rebuild taking place in the late 1920s during the building of 55 Broadway [1].

In 1949 the station was part of the original Circle Line route (when it was a "circle"). The station is officially called St. James's Park though there have been variations of the name used previously with various attempts at punctuation, one of these signs (St. James' Park) is still on one of the platforms [2].
Station entrance

An S Stock train prepares to depart
Platform view

The stairway giving access to the platforms can be seen behind this S Stock train
55 Broadway

Designed by Charles Holden 55 Broadway replaced an earlier building called Electric Railway House used as London Transport's headquarters. 55 Broadway was London's first skyscraper (and tallest office building at the time) utilising art deco and arts & crafts movement design and motifs. The design was not without its critics (especially of its avant garde statues on the exterior [3]) though the building is now recognised as a classic and has been Grade I listed (as has St. James's Park station below it).

Transport for London had planned to move from 55 Broadway and new uses such as a hotel or apartments were suggested however the planning restructions due to the listed status have made these plans problematic and at the moment 55 Broadway remains a TfL building.

55 Broadway

Entrance on the station concourse

[1] Helen Divjak, 55 Broadway (London Transport Museum, 2016) p. 4
[2] Jason Cross, London Underground 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 153
[3] Paul Moss, London Underground (Haynes, 2013) p. 75

Monday, 20 November 2017

Wood End (WDE)

Wood End is a stop on the North Warwickshire Line (now known as the Shakespeare Line) inbetween Danzey and The Lakes. The station serves the Warwickshire village of Wood End near Tanworth-in-Arden and close to the border with the West Midlands region.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Shakespeare Line)
Station code: WDE
Opened: 1908
Platforms: 2
Like other stations on the line Wood End was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1908 next to the 161m long Wood End tunnel. The station was originally known as Wood End Platform [1] and this name was kept until the late 1930s at least. The station, located in a cutting, was never a major affair, serving a sparsely populated area. The station had no goods yard though did have a ticket office and a staff of 2.


Station facilities were basic however, comprising of wooden structures [2]. The ticket office being damaged by fire in 1967. A concrete footbridge was built at Wood End in 1949. This was removed in 2014 when new stairs were built down to the platforms via access ramps from the main road.

The station is now an unmanned request stop. The only facilities being two concrete shelters and public information screens. The station has an hourly service during the week though no Sunday service.
Next train coming soon

London Midland 172 338 arrives with a Birmingham bound service

View towards Birmingham

View towards Stratford-upon-Avon

Elaborate stairs down to the platform

Brand new station sign, the station was receiving a refresh in November 2017

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Moor Street (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 59
[2] Colin G, Maggs, The Branch Lines of Warwickshire (Amberley, 2011) p. 139

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Embankment (ZEK)

Embankment is a major interchange station on the London Underground on the North bank of the Thames near Trafalgar Square and inbetween London Charing Cross and London Waterloo.

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo, Circle,
District & Northern Lines)
Station code: ZEK
Opened: 1870
Platforms: 6
The station was opened in 1870 by the District Railway as part of its extension from Westminster to Blackfriars [1]. The station was near to Charing Cross railway station and also named Charing Cross. The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway's (later Bakerloo Line) deep-level tube line reached the station in 1906. Although next to the District Railway station and with an interchange the Baker Street & Waterloo called their station Embankment (Charing Cross) [2].

The Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (later the Northern Line) reached the station in 1914. To avoid confusion the entire station was renamed Charing Cross in 1915. The station was renamed Charing Cross Embankment in 1974 and finally to just Embankment in 1976. The Bakerloo/Northern Line station Strand/Trafalgar Square station to the North was renamed Charing Cross [3]!


Embankment is served by the Circle & DIstrict Lines on the sub-surface platforms and the Bakerloo & Northern Lines on the deep-level platforms. The station received a major refurbishment in 1988 with gloss white vitreous panelling in many areas of the station. LU commissioned the artist Robyn Denny to produce artwork to lighten up the station which resulted in the coloured streamer design [4].
An S Stock train departs on the sub-surface platforms

Northern Line 95ts 51646 arrives on a North bound service

This way to the Bakerloo Line

Sub-surface platforms

A Bakerloo Line train waits to depart

As does a District Line train

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 120 
[2] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 18
[3] Chris Nix, Hidden London Charing Cross (London Transport Museum, 2017) p. 5
[4] Paul Moss, London Underground (Haynes, 2014) p. 140

Monday, 13 November 2017

St Helens Central (SNH)

St Helens Central is on the Liverpool-Wigan line and is part of the Merseyrail City Line network.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Merseyrail City Line)
Station code: SNH
Opened: 1858
Platforms: 2
St Helens Central wasn't the town's first station though, it was built by the St Helens Canal & Railway as St Helens in 1858 to replace two earlier stations built in 1833 and 1849.

Once the station was a busy junction with a number of different routes and lines but these were gradually closed in the post-war period to leave just the Liverpool-Wigan (and Preston-Liverpool) routes. The station had an overall roof but this was demolished in the 1960s and the number of platforms reduced to two.

The station was renamed St Helens Shaw Street in 1949 with the current name change in 1987 (a different station called St Helens Central station closed in 1952). The station was rebuilt in 1961 with a further rebuild including the striking current station building and a new footbridge being completed in 2007.

The Liverpool-Wigan line was electrified in the early 2010s and since 2015 St Helens Central has been served by electric services operated by Northern.
Northern 319 378 and 319 367 meet

View of the station (and the roof of a 319) from the footbridge

Station building

Platform sign advertising local attractions

Northern 319 362 arrives with a Wigan bound service

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Finchley Central (ZFC)

Finchley Central is a stop on the Northern Line's High Barnet Branch and also the junction for the short branch to Mill Hill East [1].

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Northern Line)
Station code: ZFC
Opened: 1867
Platforms: 3
Finchley Central predates the London Underground however, it was built by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway as a North London suburban railway. By the time it opened in 1867 it was owned by the Great Northern Railway [2]. The station, originally called Finchley and Hendon, was on a line to Edgware with a branch to High Barnet was opening in 1872. The station was renamed Finchley (Church Road) in the late 1890s though since 1940 has been known as Finchley Central.

The station became part of the London Underground during the aborted Northern Heights project in the late 1930s with the station becoming part of the Northern Line and being electrified in 1940. The original line to High Barnet was cut back to Mill Hill East [3] with the main line continuing on to High Barnet. Although now a London Underground station it was still host to British Railways freight until 1962 when the goods yard was closed.

There were plans to replace the original station buildings with new though this was cancelled along with the rest of the Northern Heights project post-war [4]. Finchley Central thus has some of the oldest buildings remaining on the Underground. Finchley Central has three platforms, one for the Mill Hill East shuttle.
95ts 51555 pulls into Finchley Central on a Southbound service

Looking North

A North bound train arrives, the Mill Hill East shuttle on the far platform

All platforms retain canopies

Platform 1

Signalbox to the South of the island platform

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 124
[2] John Scott Morgan, London Underground in Colour Since 1955 (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 50
[3] Siddy Holloway, Highgate Wilderness Walkabout (London Transport Museum, 2017) p. 14
[4] Paul Moss, London Underground (Haynes, 2014) p. 106

Monday, 6 November 2017

Danzey (DZY)

Danzey is a stop on the North Warwickshire Line (nowadays branded as the Shakespeare Line) between Henley-in-Arden and Wood End.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Shakespeare Line)
Station code: DZY
Opened: 1908
Platforms: 2
Danzey was opened by the GWR in 1908 when the North Warwickshire Line was opened. Danzey itself only serves a few houses and farms in Danzey Green with the closest settlement of any size Tanworth-in-Arden a mile away. Danzey was originally known as Danzey for Tanworth [1].

Despite the rural nature of the station it had a goods yard and as many as six men worked at the station during the Interwar Period. The station had a signalbox which closed in 1970. The goods yard closed in 1964.

The station is unmanned now, it has no ticket purchasing facilities though is equipped with public information screens and a help/information phone. The footbridge and platform shelters date from 1993. It is a request stop with an hourly service in both directions. Danzey does not have a Sunday service.
LM 172 331 arrives with a Birmingham bound service

Platform shelter

Platform view from the footbridge

Station sign

Station view from a nearby bridge

GWR style nameboard, originally would have said Danzey for Tanworth
[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Moor Street (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 55

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Queen's Park (QPW)

Queen's Park is situated on the West Coast Main Line in North London. It is served by London Underground's Bakerloo Line trains and London Overground trains on the London Euston-Watford Junction line (also known as the Watford DC Line). The station is owned by Network Rail but managed by Transport for London.

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line &
London Overground)
Station code: QPW
Opened: 1879
Platforms: 4
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1879 on its mainline from London to Birmingham.

The Bakerloo Line reached the station in 1915 on its extension North to Watford Junction (though later the service was been cut back to Harrow & Wealdstone). The LNWR rebuilt the station to accommodate the Bakerloo Line [1] with four new platforms arranged as two islands. The station retains six platforms (two being on the WCML slow lines) though only the four on the two islands are used apart from during engineering work or special services.


London Overground trains use the outer platforms and Bakerloo Line trains the two inner platforms. 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).
LO 378 213 arrives on a Watford bound service

View from a Bakerloo Line train passing through the depot

A Bakerloo Line train, notice the overall roof

Two Bakerloo Line 72ts tube trains pass at the Watford end of the station 
A Euston bound London Overground train

A North bound Bakerloo Line 72ts tube train enters the station

[1] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 31