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Marylebone – then and now

Sunday, March 14 2010

‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44984 dumped at Marylebone Station circa 1965.
Photo BTWT archive.

Note Rossmore Road overbridge behind, built to accommodate the throat of a westward extension of Marylebone Station which was never built. Some of the necessary land was actually purchased by the Great Central Railway Company. It was taken over by the British Transport Commission, and was then used for building flats and the HQ of the British Waterways Board. Subsequent property development has further encroached the station from the West. The new platforms constructed by Chiltern Rail had to be situated to the  North, considerably extending the distance passengers have to walk to reach the station concourse.

A view taken underneath Rossmore Road looking towards the former turntable pit near where the ‘Black 5’ was dumped. From a much larger picture by the Fact Compiler taken on 13.03.2010.

(Click on the image to see the original on the Railway Eye blog.)

I wonder how long a small boy would be left alone to wander around here with a camera before being stopped under the Terrorism Act?

The land necessary to accommodate an extended station throat can be clearly seen on this Google Maps satellite image. The raised land to the West of the throat area was the site of Marylebone Goods yard.

Subsequent property development has further encroached the station from the West. The new platforms constructed by Chiltern Rail had to be situated to the  North, considerably extending the distance passengers have to walk to reach the station concourse.

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