165010 to Marylebone, speeding past Sudbury Hill Harrow station on 9th April 2014. The platforms were widened over the lines of the lifted slow loop tracks; this train is therefore using what was originally the fast up track through the centre of the station. This opened in 1906 with the line between Neasden and Northolt Junction (now South Ruislip) and is within walking distance, but not directly connected, with Sudbury Hill station on the LUL Piccadilly Line. In 1969, there was a plan to close Marylebone and the Neasden to South Ruislip line and divert trains into Paddington on the route that had been served by expresses to and from Birkenhead Woodside until 1967. This wasn't implemented and Marylebone remains open. One of the reasons was LT's reluctance to extend Metropolitan Line electrification from Amersham to Aylesbury which would also have seen the end of BR trains between Marylebone and Aylesbury via Harrow-on-the-Hill station too.
Location: Sudbury Hill Harrow
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 73572