Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters I or J

An obvious choice for me is Junction… or more specifically Clapham Junction (though I could have chosen many other junctions for this challenge). Clapham Junction is reputedly the busiest station in Europe with up to 180 trains passing through every hour! The station is always busy but especially so when there is an international Rugby match at Twickenham or during the Tennis at Wimbledon.

Looking towards Central London and specifically Waterloo from the bridge that connects Clapham Junction’s 17 platforms. On the extreme Left of the photo are the two tracks curving away to connect with Kensington Olympia and Willesden Junction. They also connect with Denmark Hill and the Kent Coast. The 4 lines going towards London on the Left go to Waterloo. These are the lines on which services to Richmond and Reading operate. The building to the left of centre is the train cleaning plant for units coming off duty and stabling at Clapham Junction. The 4 tracks in the centre also serve Waterloo and it is on these tracks that trains to Basingstoke and the South-West operate. The 4 tracks beyond the row of equipment cabinets on the right serve Victoria station. Trains to Croydon, Gatwick and Brighton use these tracks. Hidden by the trees on the extreme right are another 2 tracks connecting with Kensington and Willesden.

Stairs to one of the Richmond bound platforms.

Boarding a Reading Service.

Stabled units waiting for the evening rush.

Clapham Junction shed with stabled Portsmouth / Weymouth express unit.

Freight through Clapham Junction – empty stone hoppers from Crawley to Acton via Kensington and Willesden Junction.

These photos were taken on two separate days in March 2017

Catch up with Cee’s B&W Challenge and other entries here.

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66 Comments

    1. I too remember Steam – mainly out of King’s Cross and St Pancras when going on holiday with my parents… so long ago now! I hope they were happy memories for you 🙂

  1. In the winter, I will keep my parents warm :in the summer, I will keep my parents cool. I will always greet my parents in the morning to show them that I care. At night l will always make sure my parents rest well….Bless you and thank you so much !!!

    1. Yes, it gets pretty busy at Clapham – keeping up with everything that’s passing through is hard work for railway enthusiasts! So imagine how difficult it can be for unfamiliar passengers passing through!

    1. I remember visiting the main station in Harare – so quiet. But railways have to work with what is needed by the customer. Too much commuting to get to work in England and – I’m guessing – not much movement for the workforce in Kenya? I know Zimbabwe relies heavily on its bus network and the emergency taxis – is that the same in Kenya?

      1. Thanks for the info – I don’t know enough about Kenya. It’s always good to find out about other people and how life is for them. I hope the new railway works out really good 🙂 Railways are a good way of shifting heavy loads over long distances – building materials for example! Should be beneficial for the economy.

    1. B&W photos can be kind of timeless – sometimes only the way people are dressed gives a hint of when. Thanks for popping by and commenting 🙂

      1. I have taken a look at your posts 🙂 Whilst they are well written, the subject matter is outside of my core interests and hence I am unlikely to add a comment.

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