Watford West Station

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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...

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

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Looking down the steps to platform level.

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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

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DOO mirror

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Watford West, Network SouthEast

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Looking along the platform

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the_delta_force waits patiently for the next train

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Way Out

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British Rail trolley

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Semaphore signal

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Towards Croxley Green

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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.

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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.
 

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

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Agreed with what's said, its interesting to see recently redundant railway remains then the usual 1960s closures and relics of the steam era.
 

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Apparently this station has more tickets purchased to it than a couple of stations are still in use, with real trains calling at them!

It has had Bus replacement services for the last 13 odd years.... still Devon transport is worse!!
 

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The stations on these lines were massively scaled down in the final years and pictures of the scaled down stations taken in the final few years before the 1996 mothballing of the line show the stations in their final years. The pictures for Watford West give us the comparison between the original station and the scaled down station as well as a few pictures of the station after abandonment showing how nature has taken its toll on thei site over the years.

http://www.westwatfordhistorygroup.org/watfordtocroxleygreen.htm

photos at:

http://www.westwatfordhistorygroup.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=11837664
 
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