Aylesbury (AYS)

Aylesbury is a major stop on the London Marylebone-Aylesbury Line (though not the terminus!) It is also a stop on the Princes Risborough-Aylesbury Line. Aylesbury was once the terminus of the London Underground Metropolitan Line.

Information
Type: National Rail (London
Marylebone-Aylesbury Line)
Station code: AYS
Opened: 1863
Platforms: 3
Aylesbury station was opened in 1863 by the Wycombe Railway originally as a broad gauge line via Princes Risborough. This line was converted to standard gauge when the Aylesbury & Buckingham Railway reached the town and was taken over by the Great Western Railway.

The Metropolitan Railway reached Aylesbury in 1892 [1] though served a separate station, Aylesbury (Brook Street) next to the original station. Two years later this closed and the Metropolitan Railway used the GWR station [2] which was rebuilt and expanded in 1893. The Grand Central Railway reached Aylesbury in 1899 and Aylesbury became a stop on the Great Central Main Line out of London Marylebone.

From 1948 Aylesbury became the terminus of the Metropolitan Line, though trains were steam hauled from Rickmansworth onward. However after electrification as far as Amersham London Underground discontinued the use of steam and services beyond Amersham ceased in 1961.

Aylesbury was in a poor state by the 1980s but was renewed as part of Network South East's improvement of services out of Marylebone. A new maintenance depot was built next to the station in 1991 as the operational headquarters of the Chiltern Line [3].

Aylesbury is now managed by Chiltern Railways, recently it had had step-free access to the platforms added.
Chiltern 165 002, the main station building in the background

Looking North, this train will terminate at Aylesbury Vale Parkway

Chiltern 168 003 on the storage siding

Busy scene with all three platforms occupied

Chiltern 165 038 in the depot

View down the platform

[1] Mike Horne, The Metropolitan Line (Capital Transport, 2003) p. 16
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Branch Lines to Princes Risborough (Middleton Press, 2003) Fig. 1
[3] Ibid. Fig. 12

Credenhill

Credenhill is a now closed station in Herefordshire on the Hereford, Hay & Brecon Railway between Hereford Moorlands and Moorhampton. It served a small village and also the former RAF Credenhill (now the headquarters of the SAS!)

Information
Type: National Rail
(Hereford, Hay &
Brecon Railway)
Opened: 1863
Closed: 1962
Platforms: 1
The railway grew out of an early nineteenth century tramroad with the eventual line connecting Hereford to Three Cocks Junction where it joined the Mid-Wales Railway. Credenhill was an intermediate station on the first section that opened between Hereford and Moorhampton in 1863. The full line was opened the following year.

The line was later amalgamated into the Midland Railway and later the LMS. Although through passenger services did go through to Swansea for a time the line never became a trunk route. Later the station became part of British Railway's Western Region but remained a backwater.

Credenhill was closed in 1962 as passenger services along the line ceased. The line closing for good in 1964.
Credenhill, with Midland Railway style nameboards (KD collection)

Godalming (GOD)

Godalming is a stop on the Portsmouth Direct Line between Farncombe and Milford.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Portsmouth Direct Line)
Station code: GOD
Opened: 1859
Platforms: 2
Godalming's first station was opened in 1849 by the London & South Western Railway as a single platform terminus. This was replaced by the current station (though the original station remained in use for passenger services until 1897) by a new station was opened in 1859 as the line was continued South to Havant.

The original station was retained as a goods yard, the original station building being used as the office. The yard was closed in 1969 [1].

The original station building still exists and is in a good condition with the original style canopy. However the shelter on the up platform (platform 1) have been replaced by modern shelters [2]. A modern footbridge with lifts is a recent addition, replacing a subway.

Godalming is managed by South Western Railway, there are usually at least two trains an hour in each direction.
SWR 444 014 departs for Portsmouth

One side of the station now has modern shelters

Main station building 
A SWR service prepares to depart

Looking down line towards (eventually) Portsmouth

A London Waterloo bound service passes through

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Woking to Portsmouth (Middleton Press, 1985) Fig. 38
[2] Ibid. Fig. 43

Hatton (HTN)

Hatton sits at the junction of the Chiltern Main Line and a branch line to Stratford-upon-Avon. The station is in between Lapworth and Warwick Parkway.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Chiltern Main Line)
Station code: HTN
Opened: 1852
Platforms: 3
The station was opened by the Birmingham & Oxford Junction Railway in 1852 at Hatton Junction. Later on it was owned by the Great Western Railway. The station was pretty extensive with brick buildings on both platforms (one being an island platform for the main and the branch) with canopies [1]. The station also had a goods yard and a turntable.

Hatton also once served a further branch to Alcester (via Bearley) though this line has now closed.

Nowadays the station is an unmanned halt with just a couple of bus shelters, a footbridge and a permit to travel machine. The railway lines still exist though but most trains do not stop at the station these days but it is still pretty well connected with three platforms in use.

During the day there are services between Birmingham Moor Street and Leamington Spa every couple of hours and regular services between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon. There are also a few services through to Worcester and London Marylebone in the mornings and evenings. Most services are operated by Chiltern Railways (who manage the station) with a few by West Midlands Railways.
Chiltern 168 113 passes through

General view of the station

The Leamington train prepares to depart

Footbridge

Station sign

Shelter on the island platform

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Moor Street) (Middleton Press, 2006) Fig. 3

Kilburn (ZKI)

Kilburn is a stop on the Jubilee Line between Willesden Green and West Hampstead. Metropolitan Line trains pass Kilburn but do not stop at it.

Information
Type: Transport for London
(Jubilee Line)
Station code: ZKI
Opened: 1879
Platforms: 2
The station was opened as Kilburn & Brondesbury by the Metropolitan Railway in 1879, it kept this name until 1950 when it was renamed Kilburn [1]. As with other stations on this branch of the Metropolitan Line (as it became after the creation of London Transport in 1933) the station was taken over by the Bakerloo Line in 1939.

The station was rebuilt at the same time. An island platform serving the Bakerloo Line replacing two facing platforms. In 1940 the Metropolitan Line stopped serving the station, though continue to pass on through Kilburn [2] on the two outer tracks [3]. The Chiltern Main Line also passes the station.

In 1979 the Stanmore branch, including Kilburn, of the Bakerloo became the Jubilee Line. The station received a major refurbishment in 2005.
Stratford bound 96ts 96103 arrives at the station

A Metropolitan Line train passes

Platform building

View down the platform 
Under the canopy

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Baker Street to Uxbridge & Stanmore (Middleton Press, 2006) Fig. 20
[2] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 136
[3] Mike Horne, The Jubilee Line (Capital Transport, 2000) p. 21

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.

Information
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.

Information
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.

Information
Type: Preserved Railway
(Leighton Buzzard
Narrow Gauge
Railway)
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.

Information
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.

Information
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