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Opening London Necropolis railway station[edit]

The London Necropolis railway station was a special railway station constructed by the London Necropolis Company for funeral trains, specifically to serve their Brookwood Cemetery. Opened on 13 November 1854 just outside London's Waterloo station on the London and South Western Railway, three-carriage trains took coffins and mourners from the station - located between York Street (now Leake Street) and Westminster Bridge Road - directly to platforms within the cemetery. The station was rebuilt at 121 Westminster Bridge Road in 1902 when the mainline station was reconstructed. Prior to 1900 funeral trains usually ran once each day but after this only operated "as required" until by the mid-1930s they only ran twice each week; much of their traffic having moved to the road network. On the night of 16 April 1941 the station was hit by bombs and never rebuilt or re-opened. However, the entrance to the station still stands in Westminster Bridge Road. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Necropolis_railway_station

The Brookwood Cemetery Railway An unusual feature of Brookwood Cemetery was that it had its own private railway running through the grounds. The main reason for this was that the Cemetery was over 25 miles from central London, and the only convenient method of transporting coffins and mourners was by the London & South Western Railway. The funeral trains began to operate from 13 November 1854 when the Cemetery opened to the public. A private Necropolis terminus was provided just outside Waterloo station. The original station (1854-1902) was located between York Street (now Leake Street) and the Westminster Bridge Road. This station was replaced by a more extensive building in 1902. This was due to the complete reconstruction of Waterloo Station. The original terminus was demolished at about this time. The new station was located at 121 Westminster Bridge Road and continued to provide railway funeral traffic until the station was bombed on the night of 16-17th April 1941. The terminus was never rebuilt after the Second World War although the entrance at 121 still survives. http://www.tbcs.org.uk/railway.htm

Wdew (talk) 12:39, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

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