Wendover (WND)

Wendover serves the Buckinghamshire town of the same name and surrounding villages, although a National Rail network station nowadays it was once part of the London Underground.

Type: National Rail (London
Marylebone-Aylesbury Line)
Station code: WND
Opened: 1892
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in 1892 on it's extension through to Aylesbury [1]. The station was also served by the Great Central Railway from 1899.

When the Metropolitan Railway became part of London Underground Wendover was one of the stations on the Metropolitan Line although served by steam services (steam locomotives taking over from electric locomotives at Rickmansworth [2]). The decision was made to only electrify the Metropolitan as far as Amersham thus when steam hauled trains ceased on the Metropolitan Line in 1961 only British Railway services served Wendover from then on. British Railways took the station over.

Wendover is now managed by Chiltern Railways who run all services to and from the station on the Aylesbury to London Marylebone line. The station was modernised during the Network South East era with further changes in 2013 when a new footbridge with lifts was built. The old footbridge is still in place but has no access to the platforms, instead being used by people crossing the station.
Chiltern 165 021 departs heading for Aylesbury Vale Parkway

The old station footbridge 
A Chiltern service arrives, the main station building and new footbridge can be seen

Main station building

Under the canopy

View down the platform as a Chiltern service departs

[1] Mike Horne, The Metropolitan Line (Capital Transport, 2003) p. 16
[2] Ibid. p. 69

Reading (RDG)

Reading is one of the busiest stations outside of London and is a major transport interchange being the junction of a number of busy lines such as the Great Western Main Line and lines to London Waterloo and Oxford, with an adjacent bus station too.

Type: National Rail (Great Western
Main Line and others)
Station code: RDG
Opened: 1840
Platforms: 15
The station was originally opened by the Great Western Railway in 1840 [1] and was the a terminus of the Great Western Main Line for a few months until the line was continued onto Bristol.

The station was renamed Reading General in 1949 to distinguish it from Reading Southern however the name reverted back to Reading when the other station closed and was merged into Reading General in the early 1970s. Reading now hosts services that are diesel, AC and DC electric powered.

The station has had a number of redevelopments over the year, the latest being finished in 2014 which added five new platforms, new footbridges and access routes and some track layout modifications including flyovers to try and alleviate the bottleneck the station had become by the 2000s.

Over sixteen million people use Reading per annum on services operated by Great Western Railway, Cross Country and South Western Railway. Reading will also become the Western terminus of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line from 2019.
GWR 166 218 prepares to head off for the West

Class 800, the new face of GWR express services

Two more Class 800s

SWR 450 083 represents third rail traction at Reading

A GWR service heads off

View of the rebuilt station

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Reading to Guildford (Middleton Press, 1988) p. 2

Page's Park

Page's Park is one of the two stops, and headquarters of the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.

Type: Preserved Railway
(Leighton Buzzard
Narrow Gauge
Opened: 1969
Platforms: 2
The Leighton Buzzard Light Railway was formed in 1919 linking sand quarries at Double Arches with the mainline railway at Grovesbury sidings in Leighton Buzzard. The railway was built to 610mm narrow gauge. The railway survived into the 1960s though traffic began to drop after the Second World War.

A group of preservationists began running passenger trains on the line at weekends in 1968, the final sand trains ran the year afterwards and the line was taken over as a heritage line [1] (unlike most heritage lines the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway was never actually closed). The sidings at Grovesbury have now been built over and the Southern terminus of the railway is at Page's Park.

Pages's Park is home to the railway's main engine shed and storage sidings for rolling stock. The station has two platforms and a run-round loop. A new station building was opened in 2016 replacing a temporary structure that had been in place since 1976. The new station building took some design ideas from the former LNWR mainline station in the town which was demolished in the late 1980s.
Orenstein & Koppel No. 11 PC Allen prepares to run around it's train

A train stands at the station

A view down the station

Beaudesert and a coach rake outside the engine shed

Battery electric shunter NG23 inside the engine shed

PC Allen takes on water

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Watford to Leighton Buzzard (Middleton Press, 2004) Fig. 114

Claverdon (CLV)

Claverdon is a stop on the branch line between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Type: National Rail
(Leamington Spa-
Stratford-upon-Avon Line)
Station code: CLV
Opened: 1860
Platforms: 1
The station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1860, initially as a single broad-gauge line though it was converted to standard gauge in 1869. The station was built with a single siding which was converted into a goods loop in 1885 [1].

The line between Hatton and Bearley was doubled in 1938, a new station was built to the West of the original [2] with a second platform being added at Claverdon (the second line followed the alignment of the old goods loop, a new goods siding was also laid to replace the loop). New station buildings were built at the same time which in most cases still exist though not all now in railway ownership. The second track was lifted in 1969, the former platform still exists. The goods facilities are also now long gone.

Claverdon is now an unmanned halt though in the 1920s had a station master and two porters [3]. Claverdon is served by Chiltern Railways (mostly between Leamington and Stratford though some services go on through to London Marylebone). West Midlands Trains also stop at Claverdon once a day.
View of the platform from a road bridge

The former second platform can be seen on the left

Station sign

Looking down the platform, the old station was the other side of the bridge

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Moor Street) (Middleton Press, 2006) Map. III
[2] Colin G. Maggs, The Branch Lines of Warwickshire (Amberley, 2011) p. 123
[3] Mitchell & Smith. Fig. 6

Gloucester Road (ZGR)

Gloucester Road is a London Underground station in Kensington, West London serving a number of sub-surface and deep-level "tube" lines.

Type: Transport for London
(Circle, District &
Piccadilly Lines)
Station code: ZGR
Opened: 1868
Platforms: 5
The station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway as Brompton (Gloucester Road) in 1868 on it's line from Paddington to South Kensington. The line was later connected to the District Railway when it extended West from South Kensington to West Brompton [1].

A deep-level station called Gloucester Road was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway in 1906 on it's underground line between Finsbury Park and Hammersmith. The original station was renamed Gloucester Road in 1907 to match the deep-level station. The tube station had a separate station building which still exists but is now mainly used for retail [2], both stations now share entrances and a ticket office.

Nowadays the station is served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines (no longer by the Metropolitan). The station has been much changed over the years, the sub-surface platforms were rafted over in the 1990s [3][4] to allow apartments and shops to be built on top though the station has retained a number of historic features including platform indicators. One of the four original sub-surface platforms is now disused.
The sub-surface platforms

View from the footbridge 
A District Line S7 stock train bound for Ealing Broadway

Platform indicators

An S7 stock train waits to depart

Disused platform 4

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 126
[2] Desmond F Croome, The Piccadilly Line (Capital Transport, 1998) p. 75
[3] Paul Moss, London Underground (Haynes, 2014) p. 160
[4] John Scott Morgan, London Underground in Colour since 1955 (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 17

Wylde Green (WYL)

Wylde Green is a stop on the Northern half of the Birmingham Cross-City Line between Chester Road (which actually is closer to Wylde Green itself) and Sutton Coldfield.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: WYL
Opened: 1862
Platforms: 2
The station was opened in 1862 by the London & North Western Railway on it's line from Birmingham New Street to Sutton Coldfield. The station was built to the standard layout then used by the LNWR with wooden platform buildings including a booking office and waiting rooms.

The station had no goods facilities though did have a signal box [1], this has now gone. A brick booking office has been retained though platform shelters are now of the corrugated iron type.

The station became a park & ride station in the 1970s with the addition of an adjacent car park with space for forty-five cars (now fifty-one). The line through Wylde Green was electrified in 1993. The station is served by West Midlands Trains.
323 210 (in London Midland days) stops at the station

View down the platforms

[1] Vic Mitchell, North of Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 96