Kew Gardens (KWG)

Kew Gardens in the West of London serves the district of Kew, the station is between Richmond and Gunnersbury and is served by the London Underground's District Line and London Overground.
LO 378 226 at Kew Gardens

Type: Transport for London (District Line & London Overground)
Station code: KWG
Opened: 1869
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the London & South Western Railway in 1869 on a new branch line to Richmond. The North London and Great Western Railways also ran services from the station in it's early days. Finally the District Railway arrived in 1877 and has remained ever since, now part of the London Underground.

The station has two platforms and surviving Victorian station buildings. Access to the platforms is via a subway. Over the station is a Grade II listed footbridge dating from 1912 to allow residents to safely cross the tracks. It is a rare example of Hennebique Ferro-Concrete construction and retains it's smoke deflectors which protected passengers using the bridge from the soot and smoke of passing steam trains [1].

Kew is home to the botanical gardens of the same name and the nearby National Archives. The station is managed by Transport for London.
LO 378 226 arrives

Going back a few years LO 378 meets District Line D78 Stock

378 255 under the Hennebique Ferro-Concrete bridge

A LO 378 prepares to depart

Another view from back in the days of D Stock!

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 136