What's new

Post a thread

Post a report or anything else to the forums

See latest posts

Latest posts across the community

Contact Staff

Our team are here to help if needed

1983 Jubilee Line LU Stock, Harpur Hill HSL Buxton, June 2015

True_British_Metal

Full Member
Joined
Aug 27, 2013
Messages
70
Reaction score
127
Points
33
Solo jaunt.

I'd looked at this a year back, but was too tired waiting for security to move away when stood at the fence. So having done another explore nearby earlier, I made another trek up to Harpur Hill.

I'm well known for being a huge fan of railways and trains in particular, considering this is where my roots in exploring and much of my childhood are. That said I snub stuff like DMUs/EMUs and Underground stock, simply because they don't have the same appeal as the rusting, decayed hulk of a loco. I'm sure all of you can agree. So why did I make the effort with this? Well, three things: I've photographed a lot of the withdrawn Underground stock that's being shipped to Booth's in Rotherham, so that piqued my interest a bit. Secondly, now the last of the 1983 stock has been moved after 15+ years in open storage from South Harrow to Booth's, these have become EXTREMELY rare so it's worth capturing this whilst it's around in such a photogenic state. Lastly, I may as well have a look if I'm in the area.

Comparing to pictures from a few years ago, a lot of the stock that was stored here has been moved away and presumably scrapped, leaving three driving cars: one outside, two inside. As far as I'm aware the stock is used in bomb testing of some kind, and evacuation techniques in light of the 7/7 bombings. Maybe. It's a health and safety testing site so it makes sense.

Already somewhat knackered from earlier, I dragged myself up to Harpur Hill, and all was quiet. No security, no sign of activity across the site. Get over the fences and you're in, nice and easy. So that's what I did.

19485670522_040db653df_b.jpg


If I'm not mistaken, this is the ex-Cockfosters or Acton stock that's moved here. After years of open storage and vandalism, the carriages have been completely sabotaged inside and out, but nevertheless are chock full of photogenic features.

19304577730_c1c40a2675_b.jpg


19496531921_c04880a89a_b.jpg


19492081115_68295ddb2f_b.jpg


To paraphrase my favourite band, I can think of no greater caption than "Welcome to the scene of the crash"...

19304505988_ee9d04b9b0_b.jpg


18869687584_ca9599364d_b.jpg


19485833282_2ac7587b4c_b.jpg


Despite being graffed up inside, it was interesting to see the cabs virtually intact and untouched. From experience these are often the places where (guilty as charged, I did once as a kid) people often nick stuff for souvenirs and the like. Either that or they smash them up.

19306138119_1a2727b237_b.jpg


Dead end

18871661843_d55f0ea424_b.jpg


The bomb tunnel

19306224029_55a21fa0f8_b.jpg


Not in service

19496742871_bfcec6b3c8_b.jpg


19304840168_1801c2be23_b.jpg


19304886910_a2c45ca909_b.jpg


To conclude, it's not that interesting a site but it's worth sharing. Sadly I feel I'm clutching at straws now that en-masse withdrawals, scrapping and storage of locos that for decades were commonplace have long since ended. Long gone are the days of asking permission from the yard foreman to look round a depot to take pictures of the derelict stock left there. Long gone are the days when you can easily sneak in undetected and not have to face the wrath of a bolshy prick who you have the misfortune of being caught by, notwithstanding more CCTV, formidable fencing and most of all, the threat of a fine and prosecution by BTP. The answer is yes, a report I posted on 28 in 2011 led to BTP knocking at my door and fining me £50 for trespass. Not a lot relative to what it could have been, but still I was out of pocket all because I posted it publicly.

True, there are still some true goldmines left on the continent, the prime examples of which are Falkenberg/Elster and Istvantelek in Germany and Hungary respectively, but nothing in the UK anymore. Not unless it's covered by CCTV and forbids photographers most of the time. Life goes on though, eh?

Love and best wishes as always,

TBM x

 
Last edited by a moderator:

skeleton key

Full Member
Joined
Jun 26, 2011
Messages
5,374
Reaction score
39
Points
0
A great set and write up there and good to see.

Never nice when the old bill come knocking thats for sure :p

:comp

 

Lara

Full Member
Joined
Jan 23, 2013
Messages
2,771
Reaction score
43
Points
0
I really enjoyed reading this, and great set there, thanks for sharing :)

 

mookster

Full Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2012
Messages
1,130
Reaction score
381
Points
0
You're right about the decline of train graveyards, even the one at Roux in Belgium has been cleared.

There is a VERY tasty one in Pennsylvania which I hope to visit soon though.

 

Bonesout

Oblivion State Supporter
Joined
Jan 30, 2013
Messages
266
Reaction score
51
Points
28
Missed this first time round. Just found it...... Good stuff indeed ......

 
Top