Belmont railway station (Harrow)

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Not to be confused with Belmont railway station (Sutton).
Belmont
Extract of 1900 Map showing L&NWR Stanmore branch.png
Location Belmont
Owner London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
1932 (1932) Opened (LM&SR)
1964 (1964) Closed (BR)
Replaced by none
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Belmont was a station in Belmont, north-west London. It was opened on 12 September 1932 by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway [1] as the only intermediate station on a short branch line (opened in 1890) running north from Harrow & Wealdstone to Stanmore, in anticipation of the Metropolitan Railway opening its own branch line to a new Stanmore station (now served by the Jubilee line) the same year.

Belmont railway station in 1957

Belmont station was rebuilt with a central island platform and a passing loop. The rebuilt station opened on 5 July 1937. The station was located on the north side of Kenton Lane to the west of Belmont Circle.

Belmont railway station (Harrow) in 1961

From the perspective of the branch line, the connection to the main line was north-facing, i.e. away from central London. Hence the branch line could not take direct commuter services from the city, limiting its operation to a shuttle service.

The direct service provided by the Metropolitan offered strong competition to the L&NWR station at Stanmore and passenger services beyond Belmont were ended on 15 September 1952, though a daily freight train served the goods yard at Stanmore. The passing loop was removed in 1955. The line to Stanmore was closed completely on 6 July 1964, as part of the railway cuts implemented under the Beeching Axe. Passenger services from Belmont to Harrow were withdrawn on 5 October 1964.

The track was lifted in 1966 and the station site is now occupied by a car park.

Stanmore branch
Stanmore Village
Belmont
Harrow & Wealdstone London Overground Bakerloo Line
Watford DC & Bakerloo lines southwards
West Coast Main Line southwards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Harrow
& Wealdstone

Line closed, station open
  British Railways
Stanmore branch
  Stanmore Village
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 51°36′06″N 0°19′08″W / 51.60169°N 0.31876°W / 51.60169; -0.31876