Identifying an abandoned station from the 1970s near Heathrow

Discussion in 'transport' started by editor, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  2. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    probably one on the Staines (GWR) branch

    one moment...


    Not that.

    The only substantial stations were Colnbrook (building doesn't match) and Staines West (building was end on at the terminus)

    And it's not one of the Uxbridge stations either.


    May not be that close, then.

    A few bits of the building look faintly London, Chatham & Dover Railway, but that doesn't prove anything.

    I can't think of anywhere LCDR that would have been closed around the right sort of time to be at that stage of dereliction around 1970...
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Good call, although the architecture doesn't look very GWR.
  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Do you know where the photographer was travelling from to get to Heathrow that day? The chances are it's on the same side of Heathrow as he started from, or not far in the other direction - there's a mention of Amesbury on the blog entry.

    First thought (if Amesbury is relevant) is maybe somewhere on the Midland & S Western line - "abandoned stations" hasn't covered that line yet, though.

    ETA - sod it, I'm going to log out otherwise I'm going to get sod all done today...
  5. Balham

    Balham If it ain't in London then, well, it just ain't.

    Had a look at closed stations in Wiltshire, closed stations in Berkshire, nothing stands out.
  6. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I'm afraid I'm not into railway stations or architecture, but just a thought.

    Are you looking at the building as a whole, or just the main larger bit of the building? The end bit looks like an extension that may have been added later (different brickwork) and therefore if doing a search on pictures, some could be discounted because you're expecting to see the extension maybe?

    I'm probably wrong though
  7. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    On the other hand, the top floor of the big building is completely different brickwork. Looks more like blockwork. However, chimneys on what looks like the extension building look like old brickworth, whereas the ones on the upper storey of the main building are blockwork. So maybe the extension wasn't built at a later stage but the 2nd storey was, although why they'd build upwards rather than next to main building... :hmm:

    I'm waffling :oops:
  8. Balham

    Balham If it ain't in London then, well, it just ain't.

    Perhaps there are railway bofs who can identify the area at least by the fraction of the signal box or the telegraph poles masts.

    Daft as it might seem Minnie The Minx what you say makes sense . . . take off the first dloor and I think I've seen it already. Coffee first though.

    Where I might have seen it is through the following searchs, Disused Railway stations of Wiltshire, Disused Railway stations of Berkshire, the same for London and Buckinghamshire.
  9. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    One of my colleagues is a great railway enthusiast - have emailed the photo to her to see if she has any idea.
  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baŠĻČned: All

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  11. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    My colleague doesn't recognise it as being near Heathrow.

    She thinks it's much more likely to be in the Amesbury area on the Midland and South Western line, mentioned by Puddy-Tat, as many stations in Wiltshire were closed in the Beeching era and after.
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  13. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    I've found images of all the stations on the Guildford - Christs Hospital - Shoreham line, and can't find a match.

    Alton - Winchester was still open in 1970 (part of which has now become the 'Watercress Line'

    Next line of enquiry is the lines through East Grinstead high level if we're going with the LBSCR architecture
  14. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Can you ask him if it might possibly be Stockbridge, Hants? Was on the Andover - Romsey line, closed to passengers in 1967.

    I'm going purely on

    a) on a possible route from Amesbury to Heathrow (on the A 30 - the station site has been obliterated by a new alignment of the A 30)

    b) very little other info. 'Disused Stations' hasn't covered the line at all. The only pictures I can find are limited -

    painting (can't embded) here

    and this -

    The slight curve, the canopy and the base of the support columns, the signalbox and the telegraph poles look right, but it's a long shot...
  15. Balham

    Balham If it ain't in London then, well, it just ain't.

    Gosh, well done [​IMG]. Seems to be the right one. How on earth did you find it?

    See what can be found out about the train now . .

    In 1961 47 was the headcode for Portsmouth & Southsea - Andover Junc (stopping service) via Netley, like here.
  16. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    I'm not sure why I tried searching for this - possibly because I couldn't remember ever seeing a Station in Stockbridge even though I travelled through it regularly from the early seventies.

    However, I've found an aerial photo including the station. Although it's only a very small part of the photo, it does look a bit like it!


    The photo comes from here: and appears to have been taken in 1928
  17. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I've found this picture also of Stockbridge and if you look at the main building, it's definitely blockwork and not brickwork


    Chimneys look the same and there's the canopy and footbridge
  18. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Great job btw Puddy :cool:
  19. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    and no picture of the station itself, but the sign c. 1914

  20. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    Yep, I agree! Amazing deduction as it's nowhere near Heathrow! :D
  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    I gave up looking for stations near Heathrow hours ago :D
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  22. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Just found this:

    from Visit Hampshire website

    However, the photos Hampshire has (like the ones supplied above) lists the date as c.1970 so 3 years out so maybe Editor's friend is slightly out with the date
  23. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    at that remove i think you can allow a couple of years error
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Here's the painting. It's looking like this could be the one....


    The page says it was taken in the early 1970s.
  25. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Yeah, was the 60s after all and apparently if you can remember them, you weren't there, so we'll have to put the wrong date down to a misspent youth
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The telegraph pole is bang on!
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Actually, if the canopy was altered, the top floor of the building looks an exact match.
    But the chimney doesn't seem quite right.

    What other stations were there on the line?
  29. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    If all the photos from Hampshire Council website concerning the demolition of the station and the removal of the bridge were taken at the same time it has to be at least 1970 as one picture shows a Hillman Avenger which was first on sale in 1970. :oops:
  30. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Chimney must have fallen off at some stage and been replaced as it's different, but the blockwork is still there and I'm more curious as to why. Don't think I've seen any like that. Initially thought maybe there had been a fire or storm damage but it's like that in early photos

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