Stanmore Village railway station
|Opened by||London & North Western Railway|
|Key dates||Opened 1890 (L&NWR)
Closed 1952 (BR, to passengers)
Closed 1964 (BR)
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Stanmore (or Stanmore Village) was a station in Stanmore, Greater London in what was previously Middlesex. It was opened on 18 December 1890 by the London & North Western Railway as the terminus of a short branch line running north from Harrow & Wealdstone. The station was located on the south side of the junction of Gordon Avenue and Old Church Lane (the section north of the junction was originally named Station Road).
The connection to the main line at Harrow & Wealdstone station faced away from London preventing through trains operating without a reversal; the passenger service was thus operated as a shuttle from Harrow and Wealdstone to Stanmore, usually by a push-pull unit.
The opening in 1932 by the Metropolitan Railway of its own Stanmore station about 1 km (0.62 mi) to the north-east (later served by the Bakerloo Line and now by the Jubilee Line) with a then direct service to the West End and the City of London offered strong competition to the L&NWR station. An intermediate station on the branch line was constructed at Belmont, opening on 12 September 1932. The station was renamed from Stanmore (LMS) to Stanmore Village on 25 September 1950. Declining receipts lead to the passenger service being withdrawn on 15 September 1952 but services continued between Belmont and Harrow. The London Transport 158 bus route provided alternative services. A daily freight train continued using the line beyond Belmont until the line was closed completely on 6 July 1964, as part of the railway cuts implemented under the Beeching Axe. By then the run-round loop shown in the photographs had been removed and the goods wagons were propelled from Harrow and Wealdstone station. Before the line was closed completely, the service to Belmont had been provided by a diesel multiple unit, affectionately referred to as the "Belmont Rattler".
To help the station blend with its surroundings it was designed to resemble a church, including a short spire. The platform buildings were demolished in the 1970s for the construction of a road of new houses, September Way, which was built along part of the track alignment. Part of the main station building was incorporated into a new home, minus the spire, and a plaque indicates the site of the station.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|