Great Missenden (GMN)

Great Missenden is a stop on the London Marylebone-Aylesbury Line in Buckinghamshire between Wendover and Amersham
Main station building


Information
Type: National Rail (London Marylebone-Aylesbury Line)
Station code: GMN
Opened: 1892
Platforms: 2

Great Missenden was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in 1892, later also served by the Great Central Railway. The London Underground Metropolitan Line (as the Metropolitan Railway became) was electrified as far as Amersham in the late 1950s. The London Underground decided to not run trains any further than Amersham, Great Missenden was transferred to British Railways in 1961. 

The station's good yard was closed in 1966 [1]. A signalbox at the South end of the platforms was closed in 1984 and later preserved elsewhere. The original station building survives on the London side of the station though the matching buildings on the other side were demolished in 1964. A footbridge grants access between the platforms. The station is managed by Chiltern Railways with up to four trains an hour in each direction during peaks.
Another platform view, showing the footbridge



[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Rickmansworth to Aylesbury (Middleton Press, 2005) Fig. 77

Bearley (BER)

Bearley is a stop on the Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon Line bnetween Claverdon and Wilmcote in Warwickshire. Bearley was once a much larger junction station but is now a simple single platform unstaffed halt.
WMR 172 342 departs for Stratford



Information
Type: National Rail (Leamington Spa - Stratford-upon-Avon Line)
Station code: BER
Opened: 1860
Platforms: 1

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1860 on a single track branch. A line to Alcester was added in 1876 [1], with Bearley being the junction of the two lines, some services along the Alcester branch starting and terminating at Bearley. Unusually for a GWR station a bay platform was not added for the branch [2]. The Alcester branch was closed in 1951.

The station also had a cattle pen and siding behind the station building and a signalbox, both were gone by the end of the 1960s [3]. Bearley now has just a bus shelter but prior to 1965 had quite a substantial stone station building.

The Leamington Spa-Stratford-upon-Avon Line was doubled in 1939 (it was doubled South of Bearley in 1907 as far as Wilmcote). and a second platform added with a footbridge between the platforms. However, the line was singled again in 1969.

The station is now an unstaffed halt managed by West Midlands Railway though most services to the station are by Chiltern Railways, WMR services are by request.
Down the platform with just a bus shelter for company

Station sign

Look up the line towards Claverdon

Chiltern 168 326 arrives a Leamington bound service

Station entrance



[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Moor Street) (Middleton Press, 2006) Map. IV
[2] Colin G. Maggs, The Branch Lines of Warwickshire (Amberley, 2011) p.156
[3] Mitchell & Smith. Fig. 11

London Charing Cross (CHX)

London Charing Cross is a terminus of the South Eastern Main Line in London. 
Southeastern 376 002 stands at London Charing Cross


Information
Type: National Rail (South Eastern Main Line)
Station code: CHX
Opened: 1864
Platforms: 6

The station was opened by the South Eastern Railway in 1864. The station was built on the site of the Hungerford market [1] next to the Strand. The station was built with a single span iron roof. Trains approach the station via the Hungerford Bridge over the Thames. The roof was replaced in 1906 after a collapse the previous year.

Charing Cross became one of the main departure stations for boat trains to the Continent, however after the First World War London Victoria took much of this traffic and Charing Cross went into decline. There were plans in the 1920s and 1930s to close the station or relocate it on the South bank of the Thames though the plans were all eventually dropped.

The station was rebuilt in the 1980s with most of the roof removed over the platforms and replaced by a new development, a nine storey office block [2]. The station is adjacent to Charing Cross and Embankment underground stations. The station is served by Southeastern with trains to Dover and other destinations in the South East.
View back at the 1980s development
Two Southeastern 465s under the roof

Station concourse

View down platform 3 and 4

Platform clock with NSE branding

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Charing Cross to Orpington (Middleton Press, 1991) Fig. 1
[2] Ibid. Fig. 7

Sibleys for Chickney and Broxted

Sibleys was a stop on the Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway in Essex between Henham Halt and Cutlers Green Halt.
Sibleys station on opening [2]


Information
Type: National Rail (Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway)
Opened: 1913
Closed: 1952
Platforms: 1

Sibleys, in full known as Sibleys for Chickney and Broxted, was opened in 1913 by the Great Eastern Railway. As with other stations on the line it had a single low platform. The station had a booking office and an ex-GER coach body used as a parcels office [1]. This was later replaced by a former van body. The station had a siding with a loading gauge.

Sibleys was the name of a local farm, Chickney and Broxted being two nearby villages. The station was closed in 1952 along with the rest of the line.

[1] Vic Mitchell, Broxbourne to Cambridge (Middleton Press, 2012) Fig. 72
[2] "New branch of the Great Eastern", Railway Times (April 5 1913) p. 345

Orrell Park (OPK)

Orrell Park is a stop on the Merseyrail Northern Line Ormskirk Branch in Liverpool between Aintree and Walton
Merseyrail 507 016 arrives at Orrell Park


Information
Type: National Rail (Merseyrail Northern Line Ormskirk Branch)
Station code: OPK
Opened: 1906
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1906 as Orrell Park Halt (it lost the Halt part of the station name in 1948).

The station has a staffed booking office with ramps down to platform level. A footbridge allows transfer between the two platforms. The station is managed and served by Merseyrail with trains at up to every fifteen minutes interval in each direction.
View down the platform, the footbridge can be seen

507 028 at Orrell Park

View down the platform

507 028 arrives

Access ramp up to road level