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Highgate Ghost Station, North London - October 2014

The_Raw

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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.



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.​


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.​


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
 
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Those tunnels look really interesting bet the padlocks are the maximum security f off versions. Nice post!

 

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I liked this report a lot, i will have to drag you back there as i would like to see this me self :)

 

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Thanks guys

Those tunnels look really interesting bet the padlocks are the maximum security f off versions. Nice post!
yep, you know it....

 
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