THAMESLINK CAB RIDE (1988)
(Kentish Town -
Shortly after leaving Kentish Town station (southbound).
Dock Junction, where the Moorgate Lines (left) leave
alignment (right), which continues into St. Pancras.
Passing under the North London Line before entering
Kings Cross Tunnel.
Running into Kings Cross Thameslink.
The view from the foot of the incline up to Farringdon
The train is passing under the 'Gridiron' where the Metropolitan
crosses over the Moorgate lines.
Looking up the incline at the southern end of Snow
Approaching the junction with the lines from Holborn
The view North from Blackfriars.
Northbound from Blackfriars. The former route of the
Viaduct tracks is visible on the right. It appears that the whole
layout was alterd here when the junction went back in, presumably
make the Snow Hill line the straight route. The extent to which
the alignment has altered since is unkown but looking at aerial
Streetmap it doesn't seem to deviate as much now, so this could
have been to move the track away from the point at which the eventual
line would descend to pass under Ludgate Hill, to allow excavation
without closing the railway (which was the way BR tried to do
instead of just having months long blockades, which seem to be
Approaching the bridge over Ludgate Hill. The building
left (or something very similar) can be made out on current aerial
photo's, also the buildings behind (assuming they are the same
give away the former alignment as they were built right up to
and followed its curvature.
Dropping down the incline towards Snow Hill tunnel.
Standing in Farringdon station.
All photos and text © Simon