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Report - Highgate Ghost Station, North London - October 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by The_Raw, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Highgate station was originally constructed by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway in the 1860s on its line from Finsbury Park to Edgware. It was purchased in July 1867 by the larger Great Northern Railway (GNR) and opened on 22 August 1867.


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    How it looked in 1868 with a passing loop in the middle for trains terminating at Highgate


    The station was rebuilt during the 1880s with a new island platform on the site of the former passing loop. The side platforms were from this point onwards disused.

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    A photo from the early 20th century showing the different layout


    As part of the 1935 'New Works' plan to incorporate the Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace lines in to the London transport network the station was one again rebuilt with a new brick platform building. Shortly before the start of WW2 the lines began to appear on underground maps. With the start of WW2 however the service was reduced and never quite picked up again.

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    How it looked in 1941


    Closure was announced in 1953 as the number of passengers travelling on the line didn't justify it's electrification. A shuttle service continued to run until 3rd July 1954 when the station closed to passenger traffic.

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    In the 1950s just before closure


    This section of line between Finsbury Park & Highgate remained open to freight traffic until 1st October 1962 and it has been abandoned ever since. I sourced the history & pics from here http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/h/highgate/

    I visited with Extreme Ironing, it was a really fascinating little place even though it didn't take long to get round it. I hope to go back there some time and photograph it on a misty morning.

    These are the sealed off tunnels on the east side.
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    The 1940s brickwork station
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    The house on the right used to be part of the station but is now an occupied private property
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    No idea what this machinery was once used for….
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    Old advertising/timetable boards in the middle
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    Heading for the staircase
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    The cage shut for the last time
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    Through the cage you could see the bottom of the stairs bricked off with a just a worker's entrance
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    Think this may have been an old waiting room…..
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    Looking back along the platform
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    The tunnels at this end (west) of the station are completely overgrown
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    Parts of the trackbed have been covered with plastic sheeting to prevent water seepage into the northern line concourse below
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Fantastic! Something a bit different. Walking around an overgrown station is something I'd quite fancy to be honest.
     
  3. slayaaaa

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    Ooh yay, something new in London. :D Cheers for posting mate :thumb
     
  4. Boomstick84

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    Liking this, as mentioned above, something a bit different!

    Considering it's in London it looks quite a peaceful place from your shots.

    Nice one :thumb
     
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    Its surprising how little graff there is down there, hasnt changed at all since i did it. Nice leisurely stroll this.
     
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    Didn't realise they had colour film in 1860 :)

    Nice ones mate :thumb

    Very walking Dead ish :) Surprised its still there TBH

    No joy with the Tunnels I take it ?
     
  7. mrwhite

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    lovely, looks sooo scary..but as its on the doorstep of highgate underground its do able on your own (so your dont shit your pants)
     
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    Can't believe how complete that place is! Wonder if it will ever get renovated?
     
  9. mrwhite

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    im doing this as my first report this weekend even though its gonna rain, hope i can do the place justice with my images
     
  10. REEF

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    Haven't seen this in ages. I did a tour here many years ago with a guy who had the keys to the tunnels.
    An interesting way to spend a afternoon.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. Wevsky

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    Sealed off tunnels aye..nice report mate :thumb
     
  12. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    What time mate ? just to save the Chavs etc some time waiting around to do you over ;)
     
  13. mrwhite

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    Hahaha Highgate ain't known for chavs lol

    I'm more worried of george michael doing me over
     
  14. Eight-Seven

    Eight-Seven This is not a good idea. Let's do it.
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    Looks awesome! Top job son
     
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    I used to live just down the road from there.
    The station is right next to Highgate Woods which is why it looks so countryfied.

    Nice photographs.
     
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