Seaforth & Litherland (SFL)

Seaforth & Litherland is on Merseyrail's Northern Line and is to the North of Liverpool city centre.
Type: National Rail
(Merseyrail Northern Line)
Station code: SFL
Opened: 1850
Platforms: 2

The station was opened as Seaforth in 1850 by the Liverpool, Crosby & Southport Railway as the railway extended its line South to Sandhills. The station was renamed Seaforth & Litherland in 1905.

The station was also the Northern terminus of the Liverpool Overhead Railway which extended to Seaforth Sands in 1905 [1]. The railway later having a carriage shed and workshop adjacent to the station [2]. The LOR line was closed in 1956.

The station today has 2 platforms either side of an island. Access to the platforms is via a covered walkway from the street.
Merseyrail 508 126 arrives with a Southbound service

Carpark station sign 
Covered walkway up to the ticket office and platforms

Station entrance

Platform sign

Merseyrail 507 021 departs for Southport

[1] Martin Jenkins & Charles Roberts, Merseyside Transport Recalled (Ian Allan, 2014) p. 20
[2] Jonathan Cadwallader & Martin Jenkins, Merseyside Electrics (Ian Allan, 2010) p. 12

Ealing Broadway London Underground (ZEB)

Adjacent to Ealing Broadway national railway station the tube station is a West London terminus of both the Central and District Lines.
Type: Transport for London
(Central & District Lines)
Station code: ZEB
Opened: 1879
Platforms: 5

The national railway station at Ealing Broadway was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1838. The origins of the tube station date from 1879 [1] when the Metropolitan District Railway opened a station to the North of the GWR one as a terminus of a branch from Turnham Green. The District Railway line was electrified in 1905.

The Central London Railway reached Ealing Broadway in 1920 using a GWR freight only line [2], the line later being transferred to London Underground. The CLR services used the GWR station not the District Railway one. When the national railway station (by now operated by BR) was rebuilt in 1961 the new ticket hall served all lines, the separate District Line ticket hall being closed.

The London Underground part of Ealing Broadway now has five platforms. The Central Line uses two platforms and the District Line three. Part of two of the District platforms is covered by a short canopy which includes early Underground signs used before the roundel became ubiquitous.
District S7 Stock train arrives 

Pre-roundel Underground sign

Central Line 92TS train prepares to depart East

View of the canopy over two of the District platforms

End of the line

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 114
[2] J. Grahem Bruce & Desmond F. Croome, The Twopenny Tube (Capital Transport, 1996) p. 26

Stonehouse (SHU)

Stonehouse is a stop on the Gloucester-Swindon Line, between Gloucester and Stroud.
Type: National Rail
(Gloucester-Swindon Line)
Station code: SHU
Opened: 1845
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway (later GWR) in 1845 as Stonehouse (Burdett Road) to distinguish it from a slightly earlier station called Stonehouse, later known Stonehouse (Bristol Road). The other station closed in the mid-1960s. Stonehouse's original station buildings survived until the 1970s.

Stonehouse's two platforms are short and can only comfortably handle two-car trains. Longer trains such as HSTs also stop there with selective door unlocking. Work is currently ongoing for extensions to both platforms. When the work is complete the platforms will be extended from 50m to about 160m. There is a ticket office but it is currently a portacabin.
GWR 43 154 at the tail of as Swindon bound HST

Station view from the footbridge

New platforms, the temporary ticket office can be seen on the right

Mitcham Junction (MIJ)

Mitcham Junction is a station in Merton, South London. Once a junction of two lines (hence the name) now it is an interchange for National Rail and Tramlink.
Type: National Rail
(Sutton & Mole Valley Lines)
Transport for London
(Croydon Tramlink)
Station code: MIJ
Opened: 1868
Platforms: 2 (+2 Tramlink)

The station was opened in 1868 as a junction of the Sutton & Mole Valley and West Croydon to Wimbledon Lines. The latter line was closed in 1997 to become part of the Croydon Tramlink.

Both National Rail platforms have canopies, access between them is via a footbridge.

Mitcham Junction is served by Southern (who manage the station) and Thameslink and is well connected with trains to Wimbledon, London Victoria, London Blackfriars, St Albans, Epson and Sutton among others.
Thameslink 700 004 on a North bound service

Tram 2531 departs heading for Wimbledon

Station canopy and footbridge

Look down the platform

Two trams meet at Mitcham Junction

Southern 377 215 departs the station

Lambeth North (ZLN)

Lambeth North is the penultimate stop Southbound on the Bakerloo Line and the line's original (but temporary) Southern terminus.

Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line)
Station code: ZLN
Opened: 1906
Platforms: 2
Lambeth North was opened as Kennington Road in March 1906 along with the rest of the original stretch of the Baker Street & Waterloo Railway. The Southern terminus of the line was (and still is) Elephant & Castle but this was not ready for the initial opening so Kennington Road served as the Southern terminus until August [1].

The station was renamed Westminster Bridge Road in July (while still the terminus) and didn't get the name Lambeth North until 1917 [2]. In WW2 Lambeth North was badly damaged by a nearby hit of a very large German bomb and had to have parts of the tunnel and platforms rebuilt.

Access to the platforms from the Leslie Green designed surface building and ticket office is via lifts and a spiral staircase. The station is the nearest tube station to the Imperial War Museum. Just North of the station is a crossover and an access line to the Bakerloo Line's London Road depot.
A 72ts train arrives

Look down the platform

Station signs
[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 137
[2] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 25

Blakedown (BKD)

Blakedown serves the Worcestershire village of the same name which is near to Kidderminster.
Type: National Rail
(Snow Hill Lines)
Station code: BKD
Opened: 1852
Platforms: 2

Blakedown was opened in 1852 by the Great Western Railway as Churchill (Churchill was the name of an adjacent village and the neighbouring parish, Blakedown village was transferred to the parish in 1888). The name was later changed to Churchill & Blakedown before finally being changed to just Blakedown. The now disused signal box by the level crossing still carries the old name.

Blakedown is a simple unstaffed halt with just a couple of bus shelters on the platforms. Access between the two platforms is via the level crossing.
WMT 172 341 arrives with a Birmingham bound service

GWR style station nameboard

Entrance to the Kidderminster platform

Station sign

Signal box, notice the station name 
Level crossing