Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway (STY)

Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway is a park-and-ride station in the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is on the Shakespeare (also known as the North Warwickshire Line) between Stratford and Wilmcote.
WMR 172 335 departs heading for Stratford-upon-Avon

Information
Type: National Rail (Shakespeare Line)
Station code: STY
Opened: 2013
Platforms: 2

The station was opened in 2013 (unusually for a modern railway project several months early!) to avoid passengers having to travel into Stratford (which suffers from traffic congestion) and providing far more parking spaces than the more contrained town centre station. The parkway station has seven hundred and twenty five spaces.

The station is unstaffed and has a ramped footbridge to allow access been the platforms. It is served by two West Midlands Railway trains an hour plus a Chiltern service (some which go through to London Marylebone) every two hours.
View of the station from a nearby bridge

Footbridge, steps or ramps

Platform facilities are limited to bus shelters

Entrance to the platform

A WMR 172 prepares to depart

High Wycombe (HWY)

High Wycombe is the first major stop on the Chiltern Main Line out of London Marylebone between Beaconsfield and Saunderton.
Chiltern 165 005 at High Wycombe

Information
Type: National Rail (Chiltern Main Line)
Station code: HWY
Opened: 1854
Platforms: 3

The station was opened as the terminus of a Great Western Railway broad gauge line in 1854, the station being designed by Brunel. This remained High Wycombe's station until 1864 when a new through station was opened. The original station building became a goods shed [1] and has now been listed and preserved.

The current station layout dates from a rebuilding by the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway in 1906 [2]. The station has two staggered platforms, it once had four through lines but the central lines were lifted in 1989-90 [3]. There is a bay platform for services terminating from London Marylebone (and until recently the parliamentary Chiltern Railways service from London Paddington). Originally access between the platforms was via a subway but this was replaced by a footbridge in 2015.

High Wycombe was once the terminus (though later the line was extended to Aylesbury) of the Wycombe Railway from Maidenhead, though this line was closed in 1970. The station is managed by Chiltern Railways.
Chiltern 165 032 arrives with a London bound service

View down the platform under the fine canopy

Platform 3, a bay

Vintage sign

Chiltern 168 004 pulls into the station

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Paddington to Princes Risborough (Middleton Press, 2002) Map. XXXVI
[2] Ibid. Fig. 92
[3] Ibid. Fig. 97

Oxted (OXT)

Oxted is a stop on the Oxted Line in Surrey between Woldingham and Hurst Green.
Southern 171 201 at Oxted


Information
Type: National Rail (Oxted Line)
Station code: OXT
Opened: 1884
Platforms: 3

Oxted was built as a joint effort by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and South Eastern Railway (a joint company was formed called the Croydon, Oxted and East Grinstead Railway) on the line between South Croydon and East Grinstead [1]. The station opened in 1884.

The line, which became known as the Oxted Line, was operated by steam and later diesel multiple units (in particular Class 3D / 207 "Oxted" Units [2]). The line through Oxted was electrified in 1987 [3]. Services to Uckfield are still operated by diesel multiple units however (nowadays Class 171s) as the Uckfield Branch has not been electrified.

The station has three platforms, one is a bay for services to Uckfield. Access between the platforms is via a tunnel. The station is managed by Southern.
One of the station entrances

Thameslink 700 134 arrives at the station

Main station building

Under the platforms

A Southern service prepares to depart, the bay platform is on the left

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Branch Lines to Tunbridge Wells (Middleton Press, 1988) Fig. 1
[2] Kevin Robertson & Hugh Abbinnett, Southern Region DEMUs (Ian Allan, 2012) p. 55
[3] Mitchell & Smith. Fig. 5

Cardiff Central / Caerdydd Canolog (CDF)

Cardiff Central is the main station in Cardiff. It is the largest and busiest station in Wales. As well as long distance services including to London Paddington, it is also the hub of local services around the capital.
Transport for Wales 143 623 at Cardiff Central


Information
Type: National Rail (South Wales Main Line, Valley and Local Lines)
Station code: CDF
Opened: 1850
Platforms: 8

Cardiff was opened in 1850 by the South Wales Railway. The land the station was to be built on was prone to flooding, Isambard Kingdom Brunel solving this by diverting the river Taff! When the station was opened services were run by the South Wales Railway and Great Western Railway. Cardiff was originally a broad gauge station but was converted to standard gauge in 1872.

In 1896 the station was expanded, including a flying junction for a link to the other central station Cardiff Queen Street. The number of platforms was also increased to six. The station was renamed Cardiff General in 1924. A few years later the station was rebuilt by the GWR, including the current Art Deco styled station building. The station is now Grade II listed.

The station was renamed Cardiff Central in 1973 by British Rail. The station gained an eighth platform and a new entrance to the South in the early 2010s as part of a modernisation of the station. The South Wales Main Line through Cardiff Central is currently in the process of being electrified with a completion date late in 2019.

The station is served by Transport for Wales, Great Western Railway and Cross Country.
1930s station frontage

A Class 158 in the new Transport for Wales livery

66 200 takes a freight through the station

TfW 150 208 stands at the station

View down the platform... and a Pacer!

Russell Square (ZRS)

Russell Square is a stop on the London Underground Piccadilly Line between Holborn and Kings Cross St Pancras.
A Piccadilly Line train departs

Information
Type: Transport for London (Piccadilly Line)
Station code: ZRS
Opened: 1906
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway in 1906 later becoming part of the London Underground Piccadilly Line. The station surface was designed by Leslie Green in his typical red tiled style. The platforms were finished with a unique light green and cream design to aid station recognition for illiterate passengers [1] as did all sub-surface stations on the line [2]. The tile walls also have the station name prominently displayed in tiles. Both surface and sub-surface parts of the station have been well preserved. London Underground though have looked at building a larger ticket hall [3]. The station is Grade II listed.

The station has no escalators. Access between the surface and platform levels is via three lifts or one hundred and seventy five steps (naturally the former is advised by signage on the station!)

The station was used in the 1970s horror film Death Line.
Station name in the tiles

Station building

Down the platform

Lifts or a lot of steps!

A Piccadilly Line train stands at the platform

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 153
[2] Desmond F. Croome, The Piccadilly Line (Capital Transport, 1998) p. 14
[3] Ibid. p. 78

Wilmcote (WMC)

Wilmcote is six and a half kilometres North of Stratford-upon-Avon and serves the historic village of the same name which is the site of Mary Arden's Farm (this is advertised on the station name signs).
WMR 172 340 arrives with a North bound service

The original Wilmcote station dates from 1860 and was on the Hatton-Stratford Line with just a single platform. The current station dates from 1908 when the line from Birmingham to Stratford (and through to Cheltenham Spa) was upgraded and doubled by the Great Western Railway [1].

Information
Type: National Rail (Shakespeare Line)
Station code: WMC
Opened: 1860
Platforms: 2

Wilmcote station is just South of Bearley Junction where the Shakespeare Line (as the line is now known) is joined by a line from Leamington Spa. Wilmcote is managed and served by West Midlands Railway and also served by Chiltern Railways, some of whose services go through to London Marylebone.

Wilmcote is an unmanned station these days though retains its original GWR built station buildings however neither are open to the public. Access between the platforms is via a GWR footbridge.
View down the platform looking North

New signage

GWR footbridge

View South

Station sign

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Stratford-upon-Avon to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2006) p. 37

Loughborough (LBO)

Loughborough is a stop in Leicestershire on the Midland Main Line between Barrow-upon-Soar and East Midlands Parkway.
43 050 heads through Loughborough on the last day of East Midlands Trains operation

Information
Type: National Rail (Midland Main Line)
Station code: LBO
Opened: 1872
Platforms: 3

The station was opened in 1872 by the Midland Railway though was not Loughborough's first station (this was opened in 1840 to the South). The station retains much of it's Midlands Railway architecture (and is Grade II listed) though the canopies have been reduced. The station was known as Loughborough Midland while the town had three stations (the others being Loughborough Derby Road and Loughborough Central).

The station had two platforms on the two fast lines but in 1993 a third platform was added on one of the slow lines to serve Ivanhoe Line services. Platforms to serve an extension of the Great Central preserved railway (which now uses Loughborough Central) are planned.

The station is managed by East Midlands Railway who took over from East Midlands Railway in August 2019.
Main station building

EMT 222 001 arrives

Platforms 3 and 2

Station forecourt

An EMT HST passes through

Addlestone (ASN)

Addlestone is a stop on the Chertsey branch of the London Waterloo to Reading line. The Surrey station is situated between Weybridge and Chertsey.
SWR 458 520 arrives at Addlestone


Information
Type: National Rail (London Waterloo - Reading Line)
Station code: ASN
Opened: 1848
Platforms: 2

Addlestone was opened by the London & South Western Railway in 1848 at the same time as the rest of the Chertsey branch. Later on, when the station was owned by the Southern Railway, the line through Addlestone was electrified in 1937 [1].

Both platforms have brick buildings and canopies. There is a level crossing at the Southern end of the two platforms as well as a footbridge.
SWR 450 100 passes through

View from the footbridge

Station entrance

SWR 707 025 departs heading for Weybridge

Another SWR 707 arrives heading towards Virginia Water

[1] David Brown, Southern Electric Vol 2 (Capital Transport, 2010) p. 36

Wavertree Technology Park (WAV)

Wavertree Technology Park is a stop on the Liverpool-Manchester Line in the Liverpool suburbs. Although the station is fairly new it is flanked by two of the oldest railway stations in the world Edge Hill and Broad Green.
Northern 323 223 departs Eastbound

The station was opened in 2000 to serve the Wavertree area of Liverpool and the technology park of the same name. The line through the station was electrified in 2015.

Information
Type: National Rail (Liverpool - Manchester Line)
Station code: WAV
Opened: 2000
Platforms: 2

The station is served by Northern with four trains in each direction to/from Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western, Crewe, Manchester Piccadilly, Warrington Bank Quay and some other destinations at peak times.

The station is in a cutting (it is on the Western end of the Olive Mount cutting which was driven through in 1830) and has a staffed ticket office and the usual collection of platform bus shelters.
View down the platform towards Lime Street

Northern 323 223 arrives

Northern 319 361 arrives

Platform shelter

Northern 319 372 departs