Shadwell (SDE/ZSW)

Shadwell is a stop on the London Overground East London Line between Whitechapel and Wapping. The adjacent DLR station is between Tower Gateway / Bank and Limehouse
LO 378 216 heads off

Type: Transport for London  (London Overground &
Docklands Light Railway)
Station code: SDE (Overground)
Opened: 1876 (Original)
1987 (DLR)
Platforms: 4

The station was opened by the East London Railway in 1876. Between 1900 and 1918 the station was known as Shadwell & St George-in-the-East but reverted back to the original name thereafter. The station was served by the District and Metropolitan Railways and later became part of the London Underground's East London Line. The East London Line station was closed between 2007 and 2010 before being re-opened as part of the London Overground.

The original ticket hall was replaced in 1983 [1]. Interchange was the DLR station was improved with a gated access point to the North of the station. The station has two facing platforms underground with a surface level ticket office.

Shadwell DLR station is officially a different station though is adjacent to the London Overground station [2] (less than fifty metres away). It opened in 1987 as one of the original DLR stations. The station has an island platform on a viaduct with entry at surface level. The London, Tilbury and Southend Line out of London Fenchurch Street passes the DLR station (though there is no physical connection).
Docklands Light Railway platform

Overground entrance, the sign for the DLR station can be seen

A c2c 357 passes the DLR station

View along the Overground platform, which is fairly narrow

Another view of the DLR platform

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, East London Line (Middleton Press, 1996) Fig. 94
[2] Stephen Jolly & Bob Bayman, Docklands Light Railway (Capital Transport, 1986) p. 22

Bromsgrove (BMV)

Bromsgrove is the station at the bottom of the famous Lickey Incline in Worcestershire (between Barnt Green and Droitwich Spa). It is a stop on the Birmingham-Worcester Line and one of the termini of the Cross-City Line.
WMR 323 219 stands at Bromsgrove

Type: National Rail (Birmingham-Worcester Line & Cross-City Line)
Station code: BMV
Opened: 1840
Platforms: 4

Bromsgrove was opened by the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway in 1840 and later operated by the Midland Railway who had a wagon works next to the station [1]. The station didn't get off to a good start, a few months after opening a steam locomotive exploded at the station killing the crew.

The station went into a long decline, in 1969 the station reduced to a single platform serving the (dwindling) number of trains stopping in both directions in peak hours only. The original station buildings were also removed [2]. A second platform was added in 1990.

In 2007 plans were made to build a new Bromsgrove station next to the old one (slightly more to the South). Although problems with funding and contaminated land delayed the building it finally opened in 2016. The new station has four platforms and since July 2018 has hosted Cross-City Line trains after electrification of the Lickey Incline.

Only West Midlands Railway serves Bromsgrove nowadays (Cross Country also did until recently but no longer), as well as Cross-City services to Four Oaks, Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley via Birmingham New Street there are also services to Hereford via Worcester Foregate Street, Great Malvern and Worcester Shrub Hill.
Worcester bound WMR 170 635 stands at the station

An approaching Cross Country 170 about to pass through the station

Station forecourt

View down the platform towards Worcester


[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Bromsgrove to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2006) Map. III
[2] Ibid. Fig. 9

Manor Road (MNR)

Manor Road is a stop on the West Kirby branch of the Merseyrail Wirral Line between Hoylake and Meols
Merseyrail 508 120 departs for West Kirby

Type: National Rail (Merseyrail Wirral Line)
Station code: MNR
Opened: 1940
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1940, the line it was on was the former Wirral Railway line which was electrified in 1938. The station gained the same Art Deco style station buildings as other stations on the line with concrete canopies [1].

The station has a staffed booking office. Access between the two platforms is via a footbridge. The station is managed by Merseyrail who also operate all services to/from Manor Road.
Main station building

Shelter with concrete canopy

Another view of the main building as seen from the footbridge


Merseyrail train stands at the station

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Birkenhead to West Kirby (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 48


Llangybi was a stop on the Carnarvonshire Railway in Gwynedd, North West Wales between Ynys and Chwilog

Type: National Rail (Carnarvonshire Railway)
Opened: 1869
Closed: 1964
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Carnarvonshire Railway in 1869 on it's line from Caernarfon to Afon Wen, though only for fairs and markets, the station being some distance from the village of Llangybi. The station became part of the London North Western Railway in 1870 and from 1872 had services every day. The station originally had a single platform but in 1915 gained a second when a passing loop was built at Llangybi. The platforms were rebuilt out of concrete just after the Second World War.

Although the line was fairly busy during the Summer due to holiday traffic, during the Winter months it was very quiet. The line was a victim of the Beeching Report and Llangybi, along with the rest of the line, closed in 1964. The former station building survives as a private dwelling.
Platform view, a signalbox was at the end of the platform (KD collection)

Bank (ZBA)

Bank is a large transport hub in the City of London interlinked to Monument tube station. 
Waterloo & City Line 65501 arrives at Bank

Type: Transport for London (Central, Northern, 
Waterloo & City Lines & Docklands Light Railway)
Station code: ZBA
Opened: 1900
Platforms: 10

The first station called Bank (named after the Bank of England) was opened by the City & South London Railway (now the Northern Line) in 1900. However, the Waterloo & City Railway's terminus then called City opened in 1898. This station was renamed Bank in 1940 though the station and line did not become part of the London Underground until 1994. The Central London Railway (now Central Line) extended to Bank in 1900, opening a couple of months after the CSLR.

Due to the proximity of the CSLR platforms to Monument station an escalator link was opened between the two stations in 1933 [1]. In 1991 the Docklands Light Railway extended to Bank. 

The Bank-Monument complex is one of the busiest on the Underground with sixteen entrances and four ticket halls. Work has been ongoing since 2016 to improve passenger access and facilities. Some of this work involves a new Southbound tunnel for the Northern Line, this will use space from King William Street, the former CSLR station next to Monument. 
Northern Line 51608 arrives

Waterloo & City Line platform

One of the many tunnels in the Bank complex

Another tunnel, it might take someone over an hour to walk every tunnel

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 101