Post by angelislington on Jan 11, 2009 17:40:41 GMT
When MRFS42 and I were in the Smoke yesterday, I showed him the remains of the City Road station. (Oh, he was very pleased and excited by it!)
What is the purpose of the remaining building? Purely ventilation, or does it have emergency access or anything else?
(While we were there a train went past and we felt a lovely warm gush of air, welcome on such a freezing day. Later we were in a pub near the old CCEHR station - which in the end I believe was never used - and everyone but me could feel the floor vibrate ever so slightly as a train went below. It kind of disappoints me when I can't spot these little signs of past worlds.)
I think it is now primarily for ventilation purposes. don't forget also the old signalling cabin between Angel and Kings Cross, noticable by the hump in the track; this was solely provided to break up the long section between those stations. I've done a complete walk from Old Street to Kings Cross and seeing the surface buildings, subconsciously know what lies beneath. I wonder how many other passers by know this?
I think it is now primarily for ventilation purposes. don't forget also the old signalling cabin between Angel and Kings Cross, noticable by the hump in the track; this was solely provided to break up the long section between those stations.
Weston Street, presumably; I thought the only 'box that controlled both lines with a pair of blockbells for each line (as it was working to 4 other 'boxes). Are you thinking of the 'dip' in the southbound just in advance of the second signal out of Kings Cross?
EDIT: I am a silly sausage - on reading Artery's reply I realise I've left 'Elephant' out of the sentence above - which on further thought has struck me that Spooner Lascelles was thinking of Elephant on the original bit of the CSLR and not later extensions.
Post by railtechnician on Jan 13, 2009 9:51:59 GMT
I can't help wondering if the 1970s chalked graffiti is extant at City Road. Back in 1977/8 Whitechapel New Works were doing some resignalling work there during the day. In those days signal installation was very labour intensive and most drilling, cutting etc was done with hand tools rather than power tools. The fitter on site was close to retirement age as I recall and had some 'new starters' sent along to assist him with some of this work which included drilling of steel relay racking with a belly brace, a tough job compared to the modern day aluminium racking and power tools. Anyway the several young lads decided to blow off some steam as it were by 'winding up' the fitter as was often the habit of the time. In one of the darkened passages they hung up a white paper overall suit (quite new at the time) and began some banter about underground ghosts. Inevitably the fitter walked into it at some point and there used to be some graffiti referring to it, something along the lines of 'Here lies the ghost of Stan ....' .
Always a company man, very much a lurker now as I slowly fade away.