HARROW & WEALDSTONE - STANMORE VILLAGE

(1890 - 1964)

 


 

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The platform at Harrow & Wealdstone where the services to/from Stanmore Village used to run. To get to Harrow & Wealdstone, the line had to take a northwesterly curve at its southern end. This prevented trains from running through to central London (they were facing in the wrong direction). Surely contributory to the line's demise.

(photo: c.1981)

 

 

 

 

 

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Harrow & Wealdstone.

(photo: c.1981)

 

 

 

 

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Looking in the opposite direction from the two photos above at Harrow & Wealdstone's distinctive station clock. The platform that served the Stanmore branch still remains unused, although a small section of it under the footbridge has been paved to allow a short-cut across it from the ticket office to platform 6.

(photo: May 2008)

 

 

 

 

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The location in Christchurch Avenue where the bridge carrying the line used to span the road.
There is still a dip in the road where it used to pass beneath the bridge but it is not as significant as it once was:

I grew up up near this railway in the fifties...there was a large dip under the Christchurch Ave bridge which used to fill with water to several feet deep after heavy rains making the road impassable to traffic. The road level is now considerably raised. The low-bridge RLH class double-decker bus on route 230 from Rayners Lane to Northwick Park station was employed to negotiate this bridge.

(Mike Moray, March 2012)

A link to a photo showing the bridge in its operational days is here.

(photo: Oct 2008)

 

 

 

 

 

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Part of the track bed between Harrow & Wealdstone and Belmont. The telegraph pole no longer exists.

(photo: c.1981)

 

 

 

 

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Looking south at the rebuilt bridge carrying Kenton Lane over the route of the line just south of Belmont station.

(photo: Mar 2008)

 

 

 

 

 

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Closed in 1964, these are the remains of Belmont station in about 1980 or so, looking south. All evidence of the station has been buried beneath a car park now. The path of the line continues northward for a distance.

(photo: c.1981)

For further photos and info about Belmont station, see www.disused-stations.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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A map of Belmont showing the area it served that now has no train transportation. The curve taking the line toward Harrow & Wealdstone (and away from central London) is apparent at the bottom left of the map.

 

 

 

 

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North of Belmont station, looking back in its direction.

(phto: Oct 2008)

 

 

 

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An old fence post still in situ.

(photo: Oct 2008)

 

 

 

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Much of the route between Belmont and Stanmore Village has been built on now. This is the site of Stanmore Village platforms - the arrows indicate the two edges of the rear of what remains of the station building.

(photo: Oct 2008)

 

 

 

 

 


Stanmore Village - the old station building, seen on the left here in 1952, its year of closure to passenger traffic, was built in the style of a church in order to appease local residents who might otherwise have objected to the building of the railway. It was largely demolished after closure but some parts of its frontage were retained and incorportated into the house that was built in its place. For a photo of that house, move your cursor over the image above.

Other websites showing some more original photos of Stanmore Village:
Dewi Williams' site and Nick Catford's site.

 

 (Top level photo courtesy of Andy Copplestone ©2005. Lower level photo - Mar 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

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(photo: Oct 2008)

 

 


 

 

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