Location of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire
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|Managed by||London Underground|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|14 November 1966||Goods yard closed|
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Rickmansworth is a London Underground (LU) station in the town of Rickmansworth, in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire to the north-west of London. It is served by the LU Metropolitan line and by Chiltern Railways. It is one of the few stations beyond Greater London served by the London Underground, and as a consequence is in Travelcard Zone 7, previously Zone A.
Until 1961, Rickmansworth station was the changeover point from steam to electric locomotives for Metropolitan line trains from Aylesbury (and Verney Junction) to London. The electrification was then extended north to Amersham and Chesham, leaving Aylesbury services to be served by British Rail Class 115 diesel multiple unit trains (since replaced by Chiltern Railways Class 165 and Class 168 units). Locomotive hauled trains (steam and electric) on the Metropolitan line were then replaced by the new trains of A60 and A62 Stock.
However, Rickmansworth is still the changeover point for drivers on the Metropolitan line. The majority of LU trains heading north to Amersham are timetabled to stop at Rickmansworth for about five minutes to change train staff. It is also the headquarters of the operational side of the northern section of the Met: It controls signals on the line from Northwood in the south to Watford/Chorleywood in the north and is one of the few locations on the Met where train drivers are based.
Many evening running Metropolitan line trains terminate at Rickmansworth due to the various sidings around the station. Ticket Barriers are in operation.
- 1 September 1887: station opened by the Metropolitan Railway, from the previous terminus at Pinner
- 8 July 1889: extension to Chesham opened
- 15 March 1899(?): Great Central Railway services began
- 2 November 1925: extension to Watford opened from both Rickmansworth and Moor Park; extension of electric train services as far as Rickmansworth
- 3 January 1960: passenger service Croxleyand Watford withdrawn
- 12 September 1960: electric train services extended from Rickmansworth to Chesham and Amersham
- 10 September 1961: last regular steam services withdrawn
- 14 November 1966: Goods yard closed
- 11 May 1987: early morning services to Croxley and Watford reinstated
On the London Underground, the station is served by trains on the Amersham branch of the Metropolitan line, where it is located between Moor Park and Chorleywood stations. There are also occasional services between Rickmansworth and Watford early in the morning, or late in the evening.
On the National Rail network, the station is served by Chiltern Railways trains between Marylebone and Aylesbury whose next stopping points in each direction are Chorleywood and Harrow-on-the-Hill stations. However, during peak time, Chiltern trains do not stop at Rickmansworth as a result of the short platforms making it unsafe to board or alight from 6 car or longer trains.
There are two tracks through the station, shared in both directions by London Underground and National Rail trains. A third old and unused platform (from the steam days) is still in place. This platform also served shuttle trains running to and from Watford through the West curve and Croxley.
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London to Aylesbury Line
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