Leominster (LEO)

Leominster is a stop on the Welsh Marches Line in Herefordshire between Ludlow and Hereford
TfW 175 007 departs

Type: National Rail (Welsh Marches Line)
Station code: LEO
Opened: 1853
Platforms: 2

The station was opened in 1853 by the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway, a joint venture between the GWR and LNWR. Two branch lines were later opened from Leominster, to Worcester and to Kington. The station had five platforms with fast lines passing through the station [1]. The two branches were closed in the 1950s. The station had an elevated signalbox over one of the platforms, this was closed in 1964. A goods yard closed in 1967.

The station now has just two platforms with one train per hour stopping in each direction between Manchester Piccadilly and Carmarthen, operated by Transport for Wales. The station has a ticket office open part time in the main station building.
This footbridge crosses the line

Main station building

Platform shelter

Station footbridge, with lifts

Preparing to depart

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Worcester to Hereford (Middleton Press, 2004) Fig. 40

Wythall (WYT)

Wythall is a stop on the North Warwickshire / Shakespeare Line in Worcestershire between Whitlocks End and Earlswood. Although just outside the West Midlands area the station is still included in the West Midlands PTE area.
WMR 172 331 departs for Stratford

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, lacking a goods yard. Original station facilities were a pair of pagoda style huts on the platforms. Not much has changed over the years 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.
Former ticket office

View down the platform

A West Midlands Railway 172 departs for Stratford-upon-Avon

Permit to travel machine, now removed

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

Mornington Crescent (ZMC)

Mornington Crescent is a stop on the Charing Cross Branch of the Northern Line between Euston and Camden Town
A Northern Line train prepares to depart

Type: Transport for London (Northern Line Charing Cross Branch)
Station code: ZMC
Opened: 1907
Platforms: 2

The station was opened in 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway, the original name mooted for the station being Seymour Street. The station was little used compared to other stations on the line and for a long time was not open on weekends with trains to Edgware not stopping at the station. The station was closed in 1992 to replace the lifts, due to funding projects and complications with the project the station remained closed for six years but re-opened in 1998. After it's re-opening (which at times was not certain [1]) the station has been open on weekends. The station retains it's original Leslie Green designed building and original blue tiles.

The station is probably most known for the spoof game Mornington Crescent which is featured on the long running Radio 4 comedy show "I'm sorry I haven't a clue".
Down the platform

Station building

Between the platforms

A Northern Line train departs

Waiting for the next

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 143

Burton Joyce (BUJ)

Burton Joyce is a stop on the Nottingham-Lincoln Line in Nottinghamshire between Carlton and Lowdham
EMR 156 470 arrives at the station

Type: National Rail (Nottingham-Lincoln Line)
Station code: BUJ
Opened: 1846
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1846. The station was built further away from the village centre than originally intended due to local objections. The station had a single siding and signalbox though both have now gone [1].

The platforms were shortened in the 1960s though the station remained open. The station's main building and wooden shelters have been replaced by the usual bus shelters. Access between the platforms is via the level crossing at the Lincoln end of the platforms. The station is managed by East Midlands Railway.
156 498 with a Newark Castle bound service

View down the platform

Level crossing

Looking towards the level crossing

Help point and bus shelter

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Nottingham to Lincoln (Middleton Press, 2013) Map. V

Guildford (GLD)

Guildford in Surrey is a junction of the London Waterloo-Portsmouth Direct Line, the North Downs Line (between Reading and Redhill) and the New Guildford Line to London Waterloo via Epson.
A SWR 455 arrives at Guildford, the main building is behind the unit

Type: National Rail (Portsmouth Direct, North Down
& New Guildford Lines)
Station code: GLD
Opened: 1845
Platforms: 8 (7 in use)

The station was opened in 1845 by the London & South Western Railway. Southern Railway electrified the line to Guildford in 1925 [1] (though it had been part of LSWR plans before grouping). The station was enlarged and rebuilt in 1880 with another rebuilding by British Rail in 1980.

The station has eight platforms though Platform 7 is not in use. Access between the platforms is either via a footbridge or a subway. Guildford is a busy station used by over eight million passengers a year. Most services are by South Western Railway with Great Western Railway, Southern and Cross Country also calling at the station.
SWT 450 088 stands at the station under the footbridge

Platform canopies
Station sign still showing now defunct Redstar parcel service logo

SWR 450 038 stands on platform 6, behind is the disused platform 7

[1] David Brown, Southern Electric Vol 1 (Capital Transport, 2010) p. 42