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GCR London Extension stations - Calvert

The most southerly of the stations on the London Extension during construction of the Southern Division. Opened in 1899, closed to passengers on 4th March 1963, and to parcels traffic 26th January 1964. An initial selection of pictures focussing on the station buildings, in chronological order.

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A picture from the 1930s taken off the station overbridge, looking south towards Aylesbury and Marylebone. A busy scene with the line to the brickworks curving away across the fields to the right behind the signal box. The station is as-built with the original awnings still in place. Real Photos.

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A post-WWII scene from the mid 1950s with A3 No 60106 Flying Fox in marvellous condition with the Up "South Yorkshireman" at speed on the express. Photo: Author's collection.

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Sometime in the late 1950s or early '60s, 8F No 48423 rolls through the station with a Class 9 intermediate freight. The shed plate is alas unrecognisable. Is that a breakdown crane I see behind the loco?

The original gas lights were still in use on the station. High on the skyline is the entrance to the steps descending from the road bridge, incorporating the chimney from the staff room underneath. Photo: Author's collection.

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The signal box seen from across the neck of the goods yard. Part of the horse and cattle pen is in the left foreground. c1959. Photo: Author's collection.

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The years have passed in this view from around 1960 looking north. The original gas lights have finally been updated with electric lighting and the wooden awning replaced with an asbestos one. Author's collection.

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Taken around the same time, this closer view shows the gent's lavatory and the smart new bicycle shed. Author's collection.

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It's 1963 and the last year of service as a DMU bound for Aylesbury waits while elderly passengers board the train. Author's collection.

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The site remained open for the brickworks for several more years but the abandoned station began to decay and where there had once been flower beds, pride of the station staff, weeds began to take over. Looking south with BR-built Palbrick wagons for the bricks to the right. Author's collection.

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The other side of the station on the same day with some goods wagons in the yard. A short ex-GCR signal remains in use, now fitted with an upper quadrant arm. Author's collection.

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A more dismal scene is hard to image with ex-LMS "Black Five" No 44872 by the platform. It seems to be carrying a hand-painted "2D" which was Banbury at the time. Author's collection.

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