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Report - Down Street Disused London Underground Station - 20-02-07

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    BIG shout to Pauln for pulling some strings to get me in here... been wanting to see this place for years and thought it would never happen.. visited today with him and Citadelmonkey.

    Bit of history first, pics to follow shortly...

    Down Street, also known as Down Street (Mayfair), was a station of the London Underground's Piccadilly Line which closed in 1932. During World War II it was used as an air-raid shelter, notably by Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet. It is now disused.

    Down Street station lies between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly Line. Evidence of its presence can still be identified through the train windows between these stations by a change in the tunnel surface from black to a section of beige brickwork. It came into service on 15 March 1907, a few months after the rest of the line. The surface building was on Down Street, just off Piccadilly in Mayfair. It was never a busy station, as the surrounding area was largely residential and its residents were too wealthy to be regular tube passengers. The neighbouring stations were also fairly close by.

    After the station was closed it was immediately modified, with part of one platform tunnel becoming a junction providing access to a new siding between Down Street and Hyde Park Corner. In 1939 the platform faces were bricked up and the resulting space used as an underground bunker. The main wartime occupants of the station were the Emergency Railway Committee, but it was also used by Churchill and the war cabinet until the Cabinet War Rooms were ready for use. Since the end of the war the station has only been used as an emergency access point to the tube. The surface building is still standing.
     

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    Re: Down Street Disused London Underground Station - 20-02-07 -REPORT

    first lot.

    the original station building and the walkways and stairs

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    few more of the original station


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    1: Down street 'sidings'

    2: Live track/end of the platform, had to take this quick before the next train..

    3: bottom of lift shaft now escape stairs

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    last lot. the World War two bunker/offices for the government, and churchills bog and bath... the first pic is how the platforms look. bricked up with offices off the side.

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    Here are a few from me.....

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    Electrical Gear - everything was painted grey!
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    Original Sign for Westbound Platform ("trains to Hammersmith")
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    Yes this one is and I assume so are all the rest. I would strongly suggest you don't try and "bypass" them.

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