Willington (WIL)

Willington is a stop on the line between Birmingham New Street to Derby in South Derbyshire. The station is in between Burton-on-Trent and Peartree (though no trains stop at both stations).

Type: National Rail
(Birmingham-Derby Line)
Station code: WIL
Opened: 1839 (Closed 1968)
Re-opened: 1994
Platforms: 2
The station was opened in 1839 by the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway. Due to the proximity of Repton School it was renamed Repton & Willington in 1855. The station had goods facilities though goods services stopped in 1964. The station was closed completely in 1968.

A new station opened in 1994. The station is served by Cross Country Trains only (though managed by East Midlands Trains). There is usually a two hourly service in each direction with hourly trains in the early morning and less frequent trains in the evening. There are no Sunday services. The station is unstaffed with basic bus shelter facilities. The station is on an embankment.

Nearby was Willington Power Station, a coal powered station with a rail link delivering coal. The station was decommissioned in 1999 though the cooling towers are still visible from the railway line.
Cross Country 170 107 passes through

View towards Burton

Platform shelters and public information screen

Access between the platforms under the viaduct

A Cross Country service heads through

Station sign

Clapham South (ZCA)

Clapham South is a stop on the Northern Line on the Southern edge of Clapham Common. The station is in between Clapham Common and Balham stations.

Type: Transport for London
(Northern Line)
Station code: ZCA
Opened: 1926
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the City & South London Railway (later the Northern Line) in 1926 as the first new station of it's Southern extension to Morden [1]. The station was designed by Charles Holden and finished in Portland Stone. In 1941 a deep-level bomb shelter was built next to the station, see below for more details.

The station is Grade II listed.
A Northern Line train prepares to depart
Escalators to the surface

The way up, lit by these nice lamps

Down the platform

Clapham South Deep Level Shelter

Clapham South was the site of one of eight deep shelters built in 1941 to protect the public from bombing in the Second World War (two others were planned but not built). The shelter was built using the same techniques as London Underground used for the tube and also some of the same materials including tunnel linings.

The shelter is substantial, consisting of a number of four hundred metre long tunnels around thirty metres below the surface. The shelter included sleeping accommodation, washing and catering facilities and a medical area.

The shelter was completed and opened in 1942. By now the Blitz was over but the shelter was needed in 1944 when the German V-1s began falling on London. After the war the shelter had a new role as initial accommodation for migrant workers who had arrived on the MV Empire Windrush without anywhere else to stay [2]. The shelter was also used as a hotel for visitors to the Festival of Britain in 1951 and later on for document storage. 
The shelter was made using the same techniques (and materials) as the tube 
Access to the tube station from the shelter

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 112
[2] Chris Nix, Clapham South Deep-Level Shelter (London Transport Museum, 2017) p. 11

Melton Mowbray (MMO)

Melton Mowbray is a stop on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line between Leicester and Oakham.

Type: National Rail
(Birmingham-Peterborough Line)
Station code: MMO
Opened: 1846
Platforms: 2
The town's first station, known as Melton, was opened in 1846 by the Syston & Peterborough Railway. The station was re-sited to it's present location in 1848 and operated by the Midlands Counties Railway, later Midlands Railway.

The station has been renamed a number of times. It was renamed Melton Mowbray in 1876 though gained a South to it's name in 1923. This was changed to Midland in 1950 and Town in 1957 (in order to distinguish it from the now-closed Melton Mowbray North). The station name finally reverted to just Melton Mowbray in 1965.

Parts of the station building date from the original opening [1]. The station was refurbished in 2011 with new platform services and a replacement footbridge. The station has a ticket office, waiting rooms and some fine canopies. The station is managed by East Midlands Trains though most services which use the station are operated by Cross Country.
Two Cross Country 170s meet at the station

Main station building

View down the platform

Melton Mowbray is the rural capital of food

Station frontage

Melton signal box

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire & Rutland (Penguin, 1960) p. 192

Wythall (WYT)

Wythall is a stop on the North Warwickshire / Shakespeare Line. Although just outside the West Midlands area the station is still included in the West Midlands PTE area.

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, even lacking a goods yard. Original station facilities were a pair of pagoda style huts on the platforms. Not much has changed 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.
A West Midlands Railway 172 departs for Stratford-upon-Avon

Platform shelter

Permit to travel machine

Station sign and roof of former ticket office 
Ticket office building can be seen top right

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

Aldgate (ZAD)

Aldgate is a stop on the Circle Line and the City terminus of the Metropolitan Line (since 1941). It is located in the City of London.

Type: Transport for London
(Circle &
Metropolitan Lines)
Station code: ZAD
Opened: 1876
Platforms: 4
The station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in 1876 as an extension to the East from it's original terminus at Farringdon [1]. Building the extension had been difficult which caused some delays in opening it [2]. The line was extended South to Tower Hill in 1882 completing the Circle Line (though this did not become a separate line officially until 1949).

Aldgate is made up of a triangle of lines with two island platforms. The two outer platforms have through lines for the Circle Line and the two inner platforms form the Metropolitan Line's City terminus [3].
A Circle Line S7 Stock train pulls into Aldgate

A Metropolitan Line S8 Stock train arrives

Station roundel

Looking down towards the buffers

S8 Stock train waiting for new passengers

An S8 Stock train arrives after a long journey along the Metropolitan

[1] Mike Horne, The Metropolitan Line (Capital Transport, 2003) p. 5
[2] Desmond F. Croome, The Circle Line (Capital Transport, 2003)  p. 14
[3] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 98

Alvechurch (ALV)

Alvechurch is the penultimate stop on the Worcestershire end of the Cross-City Line before reaching Redditch.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: ALV
Opened: 1859
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the Redditch Railway and operated by the Midland Railway in 1859. It was later owned by the London Midland & Scottish Railway and then British Railways. In 1962 services beyond Redditch ceased and Alvechurch was threatened with closure under Beeching.

However the station survived though with a poor service until the station became part of the West Midlands PTE and became part of the Cross-City Line in 1980. The platform was moved to the North when the line was electrified in 1993. Nowadays the station is managed by West Midlands Trains.

The line from Barnt Green to Redditch is largely single track and Alvechurch had a just single platform until the addition of a passing loop at Alvechurch (and the construction of a second platform) in 2014 to enable a greater frequency of service to Redditch. This required also the addition of a footbridge.
WMT 323 202 arrives with a Redditch bound service

Look down the line towards Redditch

Station view from the entrance

Footbridge has lift access

Station sign

WMT 323 210 arrives with a Lichfield bound service

Harlesden (HDN)

Harlesden is a station on the Watford DC Line in North West London (now part of London Overground) and also a stop on the Bakerloo Line.

Type: Transport for London
(Bakerloo Line &
London Overground)
Station code: HDN
Opened: 1912
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1912 as part of the Watford DC electrified line out of London Euston. Harlesden still retains many of it's original LNWR features. It was transferred to Transport for London in 2007.

The Bakerloo Line began serving Harlesden in 1917 [1] after the building of a junction at Queen's Park, this was the first time tube trains and main line trains has shared the same tracks [2] though the difference in train heights and thus the problems with the different height of the platform and the tube train is a problem that persists to the present day.
A Bakerloo Line station arrives at Harlesden

View down the platform as a Bakerloo Line 72TS stands at the station

The station retains these canopies

Another Bakerloo Line train at Harlesden

This Bakerloo Line train is departing North

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 129
[2] Mike Horne, The Bakerloo Line (Capital Transport, 2001) p. 33