Melton Mowbray (MMO)

Melton Mowbray is a stop on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line between Leicester and Oakham.

Type: National Rail
(Birmingham-Peterborough Line)
Station code: MMO
Opened: 1846
Platforms: 2
The town's first station, known as Melton, was opened in 1846 by the Syston & Peterborough Railway. The station was re-sited to it's present location in 1848 and operated by the Midlands Counties Railway, later Midlands Railway.

The station has been renamed a number of times. It was renamed Melton Mowbray in 1876 though gained a South to it's name in 1923. This was changed to Midland in 1950 and Town in 1957 (in order to distinguish it from the now-closed Melton Mowbray North). The station name finally reverted to just Melton Mowbray in 1965.

Parts of the station building date from the original opening [1]. The station was refurbished in 2011 with new platform services and a replacement footbridge. The station has a ticket office, waiting rooms and some fine canopies. The station is managed by East Midlands Trains though most services which use the station are operated by Cross Country.
Two Cross Country 170s meet at the station

Main station building

View down the platform

Melton Mowbray is the rural capital of food

Station frontage

Melton signal box

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire & Rutland (Penguin, 1960) p. 192

Stonebridge Park (SBP)

Stonebridge Park is a stop on the Bakerloo Line and Watford DC Line of London Overground in North West London just off the North Circular Road.

Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line &
London Overground)
Station code: SBP
Opened: 1912
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1912, with Bakerloo Line trains stopping at the station from 1917. Adjacent to the station is one of the Bakerloo Line's depots. Parts of the station were rebuilt after the Second World War as the original were damaged during the Blitz. The Southbound platform building was rebuilt again in 1948 following a fire [1].

Stonebridge Park was the Northern terminus of the Bakerloo Line during the 1980s before services were restored through to Harrow & Wealdstone. However some Bakerloo Line still terminate at the station.
Two Bakerloo Line 72ts trains meet

View down the North bound platform

South bound platform building

A London Euston bound Class 378 arrives at the station

[1] Keith Scholey, Euston to Harrow & Wealdstone (Middleton Press, 2002) Fig. 92

High Wycombe (HWY)

High Wycombe is the first major stop on the Chiltern Main Line out of London Marylebone.

Type: National Rail
(Chiltern Main Line)
Station code: HWY
Opened: 1854
Platforms: 3
The station was opened as the terminus of a Great Western Railway broad gauge line in 1854, the station being designed by Brunel. This remained High Wycombe's station until 1864 when a new through station was opened. The original station building became a goods shed and has now been listed and preserved.

The current station layout dates from a rebuilding by the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway in 1906. The station has two staggered platforms, it once had four through lines but the central lines have now been lifted. There is a bay platform for services terminating from London Marylebone and the parliamentary Chiltern Railway service from London Paddington. Originally access between the platforms was via a subway but this was replaced by a footbridge in 2015.

High Wycombe was also once the terminus (though later the line was extended to Aylesbury) of the Wycombe Railway from Maidenhead, though this line was closed in 1970.
Chiltern 165 019 on a Banbury bound service

Original station building / former goods shed

Car park on the left, then the bay platform

Vintage sign on the platform

Station frontage

Chiltern 165 032 arrives with a London bound service

Wythall (WYT)

Wythall is a stop on the North Warwickshire / Shakespeare Line. Although just outside the West Midlands area the station is still included in the West Midlands PTE area.

Type: National Rail
(Shakespeare Line)
Station code: WYT
Opened: 1908
Platforms: 2
The station was opened in 1908 by the Great Western Railway as Grimes Hill Platform (Grimes Hill being the name of the area immediately adjacent to the station). In 1914 it was renamed Grimes Hill & Wythall Platform [1], in 1974 it became just Wythall. The station has always been rather basic, even lacking a goods yard. Original station facilities were a pair of pagoda style huts on the platforms. Not much has changed though the shelters are now concrete!
Wythall is served by trains on the hourly service from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon. Most Birmingham services terminate at Stourbridge Junction though some continue to Worcester Foregate Street. Wythall no longer has a ticket office though the building remains in place.
A West Midlands Railway 172 departs for Stratford-upon-Avon

Platform shelter

Permit to travel machine

Station sign and roof of former ticket office 
Ticket office building can be seen top right

Another West Midlands Railway service arrives at the station

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham Moor Street (Middleton Press, 2006) Map. XIX

Aldgate (ZAD)

Aldgate is a stop on the Circle Line and the City terminus of the Metropolitan Line (since 1941). It is located in the City of London.

Type: Transport for London
(Circle &
Metropolitan Lines)
Station code: ZAD
Opened: 1876
Platforms: 4
The station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in 1876 as an extension to the East from it's original terminus at Farringdon [1]. Building the extension had been difficult which caused some delays in opening it [2]. The line was extended South to Tower Hill in 1882 completing the Circle Line (though this did not become a separate line officially until 1949).

Aldgate is made up of a triangle of lines with two island platforms. The two outer platforms have through lines for the Circle Line and the two inner platforms form the Metropolitan Line's City terminus [3].
A Circle Line S7 Stock train pulls into Aldgate

A Metropolitan Line S8 Stock train arrives

Station roundel

Looking down towards the buffers

S8 Stock train waiting for new passengers

An S8 Stock train arrives after a long journey along the Metropolitan

[1] Mike Horne, The Metropolitan Line (Capital Transport, 2003) p. 5
[2] Desmond F. Croome, The Circle Line (Capital Transport, 2003)  p. 14
[3] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 98

Alvechurch (ALV)

Alvechurch is the penultimate stop on the Worcestershire end of the Cross-City Line before reaching Redditch.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: ALV
Opened: 1859
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the Redditch Railway and operated by the Midland Railway in 1859. It was later owned by the London Midland & Scottish Railway and then British Railways. In 1962 services beyond Redditch ceased and Alvechurch was threatened with closure under Beeching.

However the station survived though with a poor service until the station became part of the West Midlands PTE and became part of the Cross-City Line in 1980. The platform was moved to the North when the line was electrified in 1993. Nowadays the station is managed by West Midlands Trains.

The line from Barnt Green to Redditch is largely single track and Alvechurch had a just single platform until the addition of a passing loop at Alvechurch (and the construction of a second platform) in 2014 to enable a greater frequency of service to Redditch. This required also the addition of a footbridge.
WMT 323 202 arrives with a Redditch bound service

Look down the line towards Redditch

Station view from the entrance

Footbridge has lift access

Station sign

WMT 323 210 arrives with a Lichfield bound service

Harlesden (HDN)

Harlesden is a station on the Watford DC Line in North West London (now part of London Overground) and also a stop on the Bakerloo Line.

Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line &
London Overground)
Station code: HDN
Opened: 1912
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1912 as part of the Watford DC electrified line out of London Euston. Harlesden still retains many of it's original LNWR features. It was transferred to Transport for London in 2007.

The Bakerloo Line began serving Harlesden in 1917 [1] after the building of a junction at Queen's Park, this was the first time tube trains and main line trains has shared the same tracks [2] though the difference in train heights and thus the problems with the different height of the platform and the tube train is a problem that persists to the present day.
A Bakerloo Line station arrives at Harlesden

View down the platform as a Bakerloo Line 72TS stands at the station

The station retains these canopies

Another Bakerloo Line train at Harlesden

This Bakerloo Line train is departing North

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 129
[2] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 33

Shanklin (SHN)

Shanklin is the Southern terminus of the Island Line, the last remaining part of the national railway network on the Isle of Wight. The island once was an extensive network of thirty-six stations across the island but now is reduced to a single line between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin (plus the Isle of Wight Steam Railway which branches off the Island Line at Smallbrook Junction).

Type: National Rail
(Island Line)
Station code: SHN
Opened: 1864
Platforms: 1
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 continue the service to these stations as an extra sub-station would have needed to have been built [1].

Shanklin once had two platforms but only one 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.
483 007 at Shanklin

483 007 will head back North to Ryde soon

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

Chiswick Park (ZCI)

Chiswick Park is a stop  in Chiswick, West London on the District Line branch to Ealing Broadway. Although Piccadilly Line trains pass through the station only the District Line stops at it.

Type: Transport for London
(District Line)
Station code: ZCI
Opened: 1879
Platforms: 2
The station was opened as Acton Green by the Metropolitan District Railway in 1879 [1]. It was later renamed Chiswick Park & Acton Green in 1887 before the final change to just Chiswick Park in 1910.

The station was rebuilt in 1933 with a Charles Holden designed "brick drum" for the ticket hall [2]. The station was rebuilt for the Piccadilly Line Eastern extension though the Piccadilly has never stopped at Chiswick Park, the line's trains instead usually pass through on the two central fast lines. This means the two platforms are separated by a fair distance. Both platforms have an extensive concrete canopy.
A West bound District S7 train departs

The platforms are separated by four lines

Station roundel 
An Eastbound S7 train arrives

A Piccadilly Line 73ts train passes through 
Delightful platform lights

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 110
[2] Paul Moss, London Undeerground (Haynes, 2014) p. 99

Haddenham & Thame Parkway (HDM)

Haddenham & Thame Parkway serves the two villages in the station name and as the name also implies has extensive parking facilities. The station is on the Buckinghamshire-Oxfordshire border, the two villages it serves being in either county.

Type: National Rail
(Chiltern Main Line)
Station code: HDM
Opened: 1987
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by British Rail in 1987 about 800m away from the site of the original Haddenham station which closed (along with Thame station) in 1963 [1]. Originally the station just had a single platform due to the single line nature of the Chiltern Main Line at the time.

The line was (re)doubled in 1998 and an extra platform added to the station to serve it [2]. Both platforms have been lengthened and the station building extended in the 2010s. Car park capacity has also been increased.
Chiltern 168 111 on a London Marylebone bound service

Main station building


Large shelter on the London platform

Chiltern 165 009 arrives with a Banbury bound service

Chiltern 165 022 with another Banbury bound service

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Princes Risborough to Banbury (Middleton Press, 2002) fig. 31
[2] Ibid. fig. 34