Also maybe of interest, the OPO mirrors and monitors seem to be in place ready except at Uxbridge where no sign of them at all. Perhaps the Heritage negotiations took just as long then as more recently... Fun to hear the signal bell on this obviously two person operated train.
goldenarrow not at all! I live on the branch and Ruislip Manor has been one of my local stations for decades. Anything about the branches history, especially pictures and video, is fascinating. It all looks so familiar, but just different as well.
On the subject of Ickenham, it doesn't look like it has any waiting rooms (or, at least, in the position they are now). When were they built?
It was in place to link Village Way and High Worple crossing the railway just west of the end of the reversing siding. I can only assume it was never used as this was a name given by p-way gangs when it was removed leaving only the stumps that remain today.
Child of Middlesex, student of the City, resident of the Metropolitan
The 1916 OS map shows a bridge linking two fields. The 1935 OS map has the bridge linking Village Way with fields south of the railway. The 1944 OS map shows development south of the railway has apparently ignored the bridge The 1956 OS map implies the bridge is a dead end due to property boundaries, although it is a smaller scale map than the others. The 1960 OS map shows the bridge linking Village Way to the garden fence of the last house on Newlyn Gardens.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2020 12:24:15 GMT by Chris M: chronological
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I notice that at Uxbridge all the lines are free. Is there any particular protocol dictating which line is allocated to which train – are they taken in rotation or what? I first travelled from Ruislip Manor to Uxbridge in the late 40s, although I cannot claim any clear recollection. I do however remember very clearly the coal staithes at Ruislip. Can anyone tell me when they were taken out of use?
According to the Ruislip Online website (http://www.ruisliponline.com/tube/ruislip.htm), which credits the LT Museum for the info, ‘A small goods yard was provided to the east of the station on the London-bound side, with facilities for coal and cattle and a dock from which road vehicles could be put on and off trains’. I suppose the coal would have been delivered by rail for onwards distribution - I remember ‘Cade’s Coals’ as one company, with gold on red livery and another with white on black whose name escapes me. Presumably, the freight movements would be by BR?
I only noticed recently that the bridge to the west of the station appears to be built to accommodate another track that would route behind the westbound platform. Was that ever installed I wonder? The interesting link above doesn't show it in any photo, but maybe it was there at another time.
Perhaps it was the loco run round for the goods trains.