Friday, 28 July 2017

Berkhamsted (BKM)

The first Berkhamsted station was built in 1838 by the London & Birmingham Railway. The line (which nowadays is part of the West Coast Main Line) was originally planned to cut through the site of Berkhamsted Castle however the plans were changed after the castle became the first building to obtain a protection order from parliament. The WCML now runs along an embankment next to the castle's barbican.

Information
Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: BKM
Opened: 1838
Platforms: 4
The original station was replaced by a larger station on the current site in 1875, the new site was just 100m from the old one. Most of the original station buildings are still in place and in use. One major change from Victorian days being the WCML electrification in the 1960s.

Berkhamsted is located in between Tring and Hemel Hempstead on the WCML and has regular trains through to London Euston and the North operated by London Midland and services on the West London Line operated by Southern.


All four lines of the WCML have platforms though the platforms on the slow lines are used mostly. At one time it was proposed to extend Crossrail to Berkhamsted and through to Tring but in the end the government decided not to proceed.
LM 350 112 on a Milton Keynes bound service

Waiting room

Main entrance

Alternative entrance

LM 350 234 on a North bound service

Main platform buildings