TQ1085 : A Chiltern train passes Ruislip Gardens Underground station

taken 3 years ago, near to Eastcote, Hillingdon, Great Britain

A Chiltern train passes Ruislip Gardens Underground station
A Chiltern train passes Ruislip Gardens Underground station
On 20th November 1905 the Great Central Railway opened a new route for freight trains between Neasden Junction and Northolt Junction (just to the east of South Ruislip), and on 1st March 1906 passenger services began from High Wycombe to the Great Central's then new terminus at Marylebone. The line was built though open country, yet impressive stations were provided. However, passengers tended to opt for the parallel (now Piccadilly) line, and by 1968 the service was said to be the sparsest in London. Plans were afoot to close it between Neasden and South Ruislip and direct trains into Paddington, but the line has survived.

Another line was built between 1903 and 1906 from the Great Western Main Line at Old Oak Common to the Chiltern Main Line at South Ruislip. A full history of these lines can be seen at LinkExternal link

In no area at a comparable distance from London was development so slow. In the hamlet of West End at Northolt only three houses were built between 1837 and 1935. It was not until the late 1950s that most of the area out to West Ruislip had become built over. The Great Western Railway provided a number of halts in addition to Greenford and West Ruislip and served them by infrequent trains right up to 1947, in spite of the rising tide of suburban development after 1935. There was no station at Ruislip Gardens at the time that the Great Western’s line was opened. The station opened on 9 July 1934. The present Underground station was built for the Central line extension of the 1935-40 New Works Programme of the London Passenger Transport Board which was designed to improve transport in London. An extra pair of tracks were built to the south of the old tracks from Acton to Denham for the exclusive use of Central line trains. The widened lines were opened to Greenford on 30th June 1947 and on to West Ruislip on 21st November 1948. The section to Denham was not proceeded with because of the introduction of the London Green Belt after the Second World War. South Ruislip Underground station opened on 21st November 1948. The main line services stopping at Ruislip Gardens ceased on 21st July 1958 and the station closed, Chiltern trains now passing through non-stop to the north of the Underground station as seen here. A Central line train bound for Epping can be seen in the distance.
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Wednesday, 20 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 21 April, 2016
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1035 8580 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.6177N 0:24.5717W
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