SP7021 : Former railway junction

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from Edgcott, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Former railway junction
Former railway junction
This photograph looking north-west shows the site of Grendon Underwood Junction on the Great Central Railway, which when it opened in 1899 was the last main line double track railway to be built. Here the main section of the railway that came from Sheffield and Nottingham in the north, that is from the direction of the bridge, split in two.

On the line on the left, which is now a single track but still used by freight trains, see SP7022 : Railway line & former railway junction, the trains ran to Aylesbury and then onto Marylebone in London. However the line had to be shared with the Metropolitan Railway from Quainton Road station onwards, which is 4km to the south-east.

In the foreground are a few sleepers and part of a points mechanism, which is all that remains at this point of the alternative route to the London terminus via High Wycombe and which was not shared. Further back however, behind the camera, the track has not been dismantled and the line, though disused, runs south for some distance, see SP7021 : Dismantled railway looking north 2.

Here is a photograph from 1905 of the Grendon Underwood Junction signal box and junction close to the position of this photo, with the alternative line from High Wycombe coming in from the left, LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 April, 2007   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 July, 2007
Railways > Railway junction (former)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 709 219 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:53.5121N 0:58.2334W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 709 219
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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