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    Part 2/2 for The Wannice and I on explore no.2.

    After Croxley Green we continued to Watford West Station.

    From the road, you could almost be mistaken that the station is still in use. Watford West Station is located on Tolpits Lane. Part of the Croxley Branch that was closed by the SRA in 1996 to allow for a road widening scheme which required a railway bridge to be removed between Watford West and Croxley Green Stations.

    There was a chance this station may have been re-opened as part of an extension of the Metropolitan Line but according to TfL, this looks very unlikely.

    Twelve years on, nature has really taken over, but we did find a few reminders of its past.

    Enjoy...


    Street level. The skip was part of a housing development next door.


    Looking down the steps to platform level.


    Across the road from the station entrance, looking towards Croxley Green.
    Try and note the buffer stops bottom left, probably to prevent any trains (should they run) from running out of track where the bridge had been removed


    DOO mirror


    Watford West, Network SouthEast


    Looking along the platform


    the_delta_force waits patiently for the next train


    Way Out


    British Rail trolley




    Semaphore signal


    Towards Croxley Green






    Part of an old telephone handset


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    Weird that they left the street level signs up, the undergrowth seems to be doing it's best to hide the place well!

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    The reason they left the signs up is because the station never officially closed. In fact, you can still buy tickets online for it, and a number of rather silly people have.

    Is it just me, or has that sign been cleaned since my visit? How very odd.

    Last edited by LiamCH; 20th Oct 08 at 20:11.

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    Really liking your Croxley Green and Watford posts, I work for the railway and had completley forgotten about this line being mothballed, its a fascinating reminder of how quickly nature begins to take over.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45100355@N04/

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    Did the train ever come?

    nature has taken over quickly, you would not think it was only 12 years

    Is their no buildings

    nice pics

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    Didn't know this line existed. Nice find! I might have a look myself some time.

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    I used to live in London and travelled on this line. Great find.
    In a surreal world it all makes sense

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    Thanks.

    All the stations were unstaffed so no buildings. I gave up waiting after a while.



    Quote Originally Posted by skittles View Post
    Did the train ever come?

    nature has taken over quickly, you would not think it was only 12 years

    Is their no buildings

    nice pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_delta_force View Post
    All the stations were unstaffed so no buildings. I gave up waiting after a while.
    Originally, there was a building. It's amazing how they spent all the money demolishing this building and replacing the brickwork for an unmanned station, when it would close just a few years later.

    http://www.lostlines.fotopic.net/p24722131.html
    Last edited by LiamCH; 21st Oct 08 at 16:58.

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    Really enjoyed your couple of reports of these abandoned stations guys! Nature is really taking over-it would be interesting to see it again in winter with less vegatation maybe?
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