Old Street (OLD/ZOS)

Old Street is a stop on the Northern City Line between Moorgate and Essex Road and a stop on the Bank branch of the Northern Line of the London Underground between Angel and Moorgate.

Type: Transport for London
(Northern Line) &
Network Rail
(Northern City Line)
Station code: OLD/ZOS
Opened: 1901
Platforms: 4
The station was opened by the first deep-level underground railway in the world, the City & South London Railway, in 1901. The CSLR later became the Northern Line of London Underground.

The Northern City Line platforms were opened in 1904. This line also later became part of the Northern Line though the tunnels built for the Northern City Line were large enough for main-line trains and it was not connected to the rest of the Northern Line.

The Northern City Line passed to British Rail in 1976 with through services to as far as Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire [1].

The station surface building was rebuilt in 1925 with further redevelopments in 1968 and 2014. Northern City Line services are nowadays by Great Northern.
A Great Northern 313 stands at one of the Northern City platforms

Northern Line platform

Access to the Underground part of the station

Northern City platform

[1] Chris Heaps, BR Diary 1968-1977 (Ian Allan, 1988) p. 100

Malvern Link (MVL)

Malvern Link is a stop on the Cotwold Line between Worcester Foregate Street and Great Malvern.

Type: National Rail
(Cotswold Line)
Station code: MVL
Opened: 1859
Platforms: 2
Malvern Link was opened in 1859 as part of the joint scheme between the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway and the Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway to build a line between Hereford and Worcester [1]. Though the stretch between Henwick and Malvern Link opened in 1859 the line was not connected through to Worcester until the following year and Hereford in 1861. The station was soon taken over by the West Midlands Railway and after 1863 the Great Western Railway.

Malvern Link up until the mid-1960s had a goods yard and a bay platform. It also had fine station buildings but these were also lost in the 1960s, the station house still survives however. Wooden buildings were built to replace the lost original structures [2], these have recently been replaced by new stone buildings.

Malvern Link is served by the modern day versions of the West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway with regular services to destinations such as Birmingham Snow Hill, London Paddington and Hereford.
WMR 170 503 departs bound for Great Malvern

View of the station from the road bridge

Main station building

Access between the platforms is via this footbridge

Platform shelter

Another view of the main station building

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Worcester to Hereford (Middleton Press, 2004) p. 3
[2] Ibid. Fig. 50

Crewe (CRE)

Crewe is one of the great historic rail centres, a major junction on the West Coast Main Line and the gateway to the North West of England.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: CRE
Opened: 1837
Platforms: 12
Crewe station, which opened in 1837, dates from the building of the Grand Junction Railway which linked two existing railways and meant London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool were now connected by rail.

Crewe station is at the centre of a wide array of railway related sites including Crewe Electric Depot and Crewe Works which manufactured many locomotives ranging from the BR 9F to the HST power cars.

Crewe is a large station with twelve platforms, some of which are a considerable length. Services to the station are very varied and include WCML trains run by Virgin Trains and London North Western as well as local Northern and East Midlands Trains services plus Transport for Wales services to Chester and Wales. There are also Cross County and Caledonian Sleeper services and freight and special workings.

Much of the platforms are covered by canopies though there are quite a few gaps in these at platform extremities and it looks a bit dilapidated. As with all larger stations there are also the usual collection of coffee shops and kiosks. Due to its location Crewe and the great variety of traffic the station has remained a popular destination for enthusiasts.
350 110, in London Midland days, arrives

Northern 323 239 with a service for Manchester Airport

A Virgin Trains Pendolino, while a Thunderbird 57 rescue loco waits the other side of the wall

175 007, in Arriva Trains Wales days, stands at platform 6

A trio of DRS locomotives prepare to turn the air blue

66 125 takes a freight through Crewe

Hampton-in-Arden (HIA)

Hampton-in-Arden is a stop on the West Coast Main Line between Berkswell and Birmingham International in Solihull.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: HIA
Opened: 1884
Platforms: 2
Hampton-in-Arden's first station was opened by the London & Birmingham Railway in 1837 but was replaced by this station built by the London & North Western Railway in 1884.

The station had a goods yard which was closed in the 1960s. Until the opening of Birmingham International in the 1970s it fast services from London Euston to Birmingham New Street stopped at the station, it had long platforms able to host twelve coach trains [1]. Nowadays it is only served by shorter semi-fast LNWR services and parts of the platforms are now fenced off.

The station is in a cutting with access to the platforms via the road that crosses the line. The booking office is at surface level, this is a newer building that dates from electrification in the 1960s and a major rebuild of the station. The original wooden waiting rooms on both platforms and the station house were lost, replaced by the usual bus shelters.

Hampton-in-Arden is served by up to two trains an hour along the WCML in both directions.
A Virgin Trains Voyager passes through


Station sign

A LNWR Birmingham bound 350 arrives

Access is via the road bridge, the surface building can be seen in the background

A Virgin Trains Pendolino passes through

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Rugby to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2008) Fig. 90

West India Quay (ZIQ)

West India Quay is a junction on the Docklands Light Railway between Canary Wharf (which is just two hundred metres away) and Westferry or Poplar (depending on the branch). The station overlooks the former West India docks and warehouse. The platforms extend over part of the North dock.

Type: Transport for London
(Docklands Light Railway)
Station code: ZIQ
Opened: 1987
Platforms: 3
West India Quay was one of the original Docklands Light Railway stations and opened in 1987 [1]. It is where the line from Lewisham splits into the two branches to Stratford and Tower Gateway.

The station was closed in 1991 until 1993 due to construction work taking place in the area. The station will be the closest DLR station to Canary Wharf Elizabeth Line station when that opens at a later date.
Quay, West India Quay station behind, the Elizabeth Line station far right

Extending over the quay

Another view of West India Quay station

West India Quay, North Dock

The West India Docks are three docks on the Isle of Dogs in East London which is nowadays part of the Canary Wharf financial district. Once however they were part of a very different kind of trade being an integral part of the thriving London Docklands.

However the docks, as with other traditional docks around the UK, went into decline post World War Two. Much seaborne trade switched to container ships which required purpose built new facilities. By the end of the 1970s most sea trade has ceased in this part of London and the area was in heavy decline. The area was regenerated in the 1980s to become the shiny commercial and retail hub it is now. Although some parts of the docks were lost due to rebuilding (one of the docks was partially lost to become Canary Wharf tube station) most were retained as part of the redevelopment as skyscrapers rose and the old warehouses became apartments and restaurants.

North Dock was once the Import Dock and could contain up to six hundred vessels. There are somewhat less there now but a rather lovely collection of preserved ships all the same.
West India Quay

[1] Stephen Jolly & Bob Bayman, Docklands Light Railway (Capital Transport, 1986) p. 50

Long Buckby (LBK)

Long Buckby is a stop on the West Coast Main Line in Northamptonshire between Rugby and Northampton.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: LBK
Opened: 1881
Platforms: 2
Long Buckby, serving the village of the same name, was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1881. Nowadays it is a station on the Northampton Loop of the West Coast Main Line, the line through Long Buckby was electrified in the 1960s.

Originally the station has wooden station buildings with canopies on both platforms. However nowadays it just has the ubiquitous bus shelters.

The station is on an elevated section of track and has a part-time ticket office in a cabin at the bottom of one of the ramps down to ground level. Long Buckby is served by up to three trains an hour on the WCML between Birmingham New Street and London Euston. On Sundays there are also hourly services to Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent.
LNWR 350 377 heading North

A Euston bound service is approaching

Bridge over the road, the station entrance is visible just beyond

Bus shelter and information screen

Ticket office (closed today)

A Euston bound 350 264 departs

Moreton-in-Marsh (MIM)

Moreton-in-Marsh is a stop on the Cotswold Line between Honeybourne and Kingham. The terminus of the Stratford & Moreton Tramway, which opened in the 1820s, was also once next to the station.

Type: National Rail
(Cotswold Line)
Station code: MIM
Opened: 1853
Platforms: 2
The Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway reached Moreton-in-Marsh in 1853. The line later becoming part of the Great Western Railway. The Stratford & Moreton Tramway, a horse drawn tramway from Stratford-upon-Avon, commissioned a horse drawn connecting service which operated from 1853 [1]. This operated until the opening of the line from Honeybourne to Stratford in 1859.

Not long afterwards the GWR (as it then was) bought out and closed down much of the tramway and used it's Southern section as a conventional railway line to Shipton-on-Stour, services from Moreton station served by a bay platform [2], this branch opening in 1889 [3].

The original Moreton station was a rather cheaply made timber built one, the station was rebuilt in 1872-73 with some of the main station buildings still surviving in use [4].

The current Moreton-in-Marsh station is an interesting mixture of old and new. The main station building from the 1870s survives, along with it's GWR canopies but the footbridge is a recent replacement, the London Paddington platform has a modern waiting room. Due to the popularity of Moreton-in-Marsh with tourists some station signage is bilingual in English and Japanese.
A GWR Class 800 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh

View under the canopy of the main station building

Signal box

Another 800 arrives

View down the platform

A new station building opposite the older one

[1] Charles Hadfield & John Norris, Waterways to Stratford (David & Charles, 1968) p. 144 
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Moreton-in-Marsh to Worcester (Middleton Press, 2004) Map. III
[3] Hadfield & Norris p. 153
[4] Mitchell & Smith Fig. 6

Birkenhead Central (BKC)

Birkenhead Central is a stop on the Merseyrail Wirral Line between Hamilton Square and Green Lane.

Type: National Rail
(Merseyrail Wirral Line)
Station code: BKC
Opened: 1886
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the Mersey Railway in 1886 in a deep cutting and became the company's headquarters [1]. A depot and carriage shed was also built next to the station, these have now been closed. The station was refurbished in 2012 but still retains Mersey Railway branding.

The station retains a manned ticket office in the surface building, the platforms retain wooden canopies though also mixed with modern shelters and facilities. All services to Birkenhead Central are by Merseyrail with regular trains at up to fifteen minute intervals between Liverpool and Chester and Ellesmere Port.
Merseyrail 507 008 arrives with a Liverpool bound service

Platforms retain their canopies

Station building

Mersey Railway branding

508 127 heading South

Waiting to go

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Chester to Birkenhead (Middleton Press, 2012) Fig. 82