Where to begin… As I warned in the initial post about this project of mine, the number of stations has grown. Once I started adding in the end destinations for London Underground trains, quite a few came to light. Trains don’t run from one end of the line to the other end, they go to somewhere in between. This allows a concentration of trains providing the best service in the parts of the route where it is needed most – usually central London. To take the Bakerloo Line as an example, southbound trains terminate at Elephant & Castle but when they travel north, some terminate at Queens Park, some at Stonebridge Park and a few make it all the way to Harrow & Wealdstone. That’s 2 additional termini there as an example. The upshot is that my original 68 stations has grown to 96!

One of those new additions has already been accounted for – I changed trains at Rayners Lane on that first run out after getting my Freedom Pass. Rayners Lane is a terminal point for some westbound trains on the Piccadilly Line and here’s a photo of one returning to eastbound service…

Another point from the original post, not all of these terminal points are distant or difficult for me. On Wednesday last week I took a local trip down to Highbury & Islington. I was actually going there for a combination of photographing some freight trains travelling around north London and to hopefully get something for Cee’s Midweek rainbow colours. Highbury & Islington counts for as the London Overground services from Crystal Palace and West Croydon terminate here in platforms 1 and 2. Here’s 378138 standing in platform 2 ready for a return run…

Highbury & Islington is not the most glamourous of stations from the outside although this totem and a broody sky makes for a nice shot…

…But for the enthusiast, there’s always a good amount of freight between the Overground trains on Stratford to Richmond / Clapham junction services. in the shot below, 66701 is heading west with a train of empty stone hoppers from Bow to Tonbridge…

I went home from Highbury & Islington by way of Gospel Oak – Terminus for trains from Barking. I won’t bother you with images from GPO as we’ve had a few in the past and will no doubt have some more in future – I pass through there so regularly and did so again today on my way to visit Watford Junction.

I think today’s visit will form its own Freedom Pass Project post as there’s a fair bit to cover at that location, so until next time 👍