TL1733 : Ickleford: Trackbed of the former Bedford to Hitchin railway

taken 7 years ago, near to Ickleford, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Ickleford: Trackbed of the former Bedford to Hitchin railway
Ickleford: Trackbed of the former Bedford to Hitchin railway
It's difficult to imagine now but this was briefly once the route of one of the country's main arterial railways out of London. By 1857 the Midland Railway had built a line from Leicester to Hitchin via Bedford through here, using the Great Northern Railway's track south of Hitchin to get to King's Cross. However congestion and consequent delays to their trains forced the Midland Railway to build their own line into London from Bedford to St Pancras. This was completed by 1868, so 11 years after it was built the line through here was downgraded to a cross-country route. The original double track was reduced to a single track along most of the route by 1911, and, despite brief wartime increases in traffic due to the military bases along the route, passenger trains ceased running at the end of 1961. Freight trains lingered on for another 8 years before they too were withdrawn and the track lifted.

The slightly raised ground to the left is part of the earthworks for the railway.

Please see TL1732 : Ickleford: Trackbed of the former Bedford to Hitchin railway for an image about 100 metres to the south in the next grid square in that direction and TL1832 : Ickleford: Trackbed of the former Bedford to Hitchin railway for a further image in the grid square to the south-east.
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Sunday, 13 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 June, 2010
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Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 179 330 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:58.9935N 0:17.0701W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 179 330
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