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GCR London Extension stations - Marylebone

An introduction to the Marylebone complex. This will build up gradually with a full-blown write-up to follow:

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An edited version of the RCH map of 1914 shows how the GCLE approached Marylebone in 1899 via the Metropolitan's route from Aylesbury coming in from the top NW corner and passing through Harrow-on-the-Hill, beyond which the GCR eventually got its own running line adjacent to the Metropolitan.

Also shown is the seven years later, originally unplanned addition of 1906 via the GW&GCJ line which can be seen coming in from Denham via Northolt Junction and South Harrow. More additions were made later and there are in fact three RCH maps showing how things developed. It was neither preordained nor as as simple as many modern writers have misrepresented. RCH map, author's collection.

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This version of the OS 25" map was revised in 1913 and published in 1935 and comes from the National Library of Scotland website, which is why it's not as sharp as in the flesh. However, the overview shows the scale of the enterprise with the line entering from the north and passing the oft-forgotten Goods Depot and even more forgotten Coal Yard before reaching the passenger station. National Library of Scotland.

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An old postcard from the early days soon after opening shows how light and airy the train shed was. Note the train of 6-wheel carriages. Author's collection.

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An artist's impression of an evening express about to depart from platform No 4. The carriages are somewhat whimsical but the loco can be identified as 11B class No 1032, built March 1903 and still carrying the Met's three-lamp headcode for all GCR passenger trains. I do like the way that the artist captured the ambience. Postcard: Author's collection.

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A slightly later view shows a main line arrival of Parker-style bogie stock at platform No1 behind an 11B 4-4-0, apparently carrying the normal express headcode which began to be carried from 1903. Note the empty churns awaiting collection and the horse box parked at the buffers. The petrol-powered London Taxi was about to take over. Postcard: Author's collection.

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A view across the platforms in 1948 is interesting because it looks like a display of new liveries and all the rolling stock, loco and carriages, are ex-LMS. Photo: CCQ. author's collection.

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A memory from the 1960s after the LMR had taken over and begun to provide Neasden with ex-LMS locos. Fairburn 2-6-4T No 42070 is shunting an express formation. Photo: author's collection.

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I close for now with a fairly modern scene and the station looking grander than ever. Two Turbo units are at the platforms and the station is busier than ever. Photo: Mick Baker.

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Other locations on the GCLE:

Neasden - is here.

Calvert - is here.

Catesby Tunnel - is here.

Nottingham Victoria - is here.

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