High level railway route

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MartinH
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High level railway route

Post by MartinH » 25 Mar 2010 09:11

OK, so we know that the railway crossed London road at the junction of Sydenam Hill and ran parallel with Wood Vale until it crossed Forest Hill road and along Brenchley Gardens toward Nunhead, BUT; halfway along Wood Vale is Langton Rise which would traverse the railway line. My question is; was there a bridge, a tunnel, or improbably, a level crossing at this point?

Falkor
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Post by Falkor » 25 Mar 2010 14:58

Is this the road?
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Post by simon » 25 Mar 2010 21:43

Just as an aside Falkor, what were all those folk standing around for? Wating for a train? :)

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Post by Tim Lund » 25 Mar 2010 22:43

Simon:

Sorry to disappoint - we were on a walk as part of a London Walking event from Nunhead to Crystal Palace Park. It's me on the left!

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Re: High level railway route

Post by Rebelmc » 26 Mar 2010 00:35

MartinH wrote:OK, so we know that the railway crossed London road at the junction of Sydenam Hill and ran parallel with Wood Vale until it crossed Forest Hill road and along Brenchley Gardens toward Nunhead, BUT; halfway along Wood Vale is Langton Rise which would traverse the railway line. My question is; was there a bridge, a tunnel, or improbably, a level crossing at this point?
It was a bridge and the people in that (absolutely bloody huge!) picture, appear to be standing at what's left of it.

Most of it was extant until relatively recently but, as you can see, the brick support walls went some time ago, then the remaining earth was landscaped into the current grassy bank.

http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/

If you go to the website above and click on 'CP High Level', there's links to all the stations on the branch, with picture galleries that span (no pun intended) many years.

I can't remember if it's on that site or another, but there are pictures on the web of the Langton Rise bridge, including some of it being craned away.

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Post by MartinH » 26 Mar 2010 07:44

I'm afraid Falkor that your photo is of the embankment further along the line closer to Nunhead where the line crossed, I believe, Brockley way. If you were to travel along Wood Vale towards Forest Hill road, Langton Rise is on the right where the Moor Park Hotel is, or was (converted into some flats). It is a steep hill but gives no clues as to whether there was a bridge or tunnel.

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Post by will greenwood » 26 Mar 2010 17:33

in this 1870s map, there is a bridge accross the railway at Langley rise.
there was nothing on the other side at that point, so it must have been mainly for railway or farm use
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this is a view from the abandoned station towards langley rise...notice the lack of housing.
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and heres the \brockley way bridge as it was
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http://www.sydenham.org.uk/forum/viewto ... 4bc4c91026

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Post by ALIB » 30 Mar 2010 09:21

i may be somewhat lagging behind on this topic, but the London Wildlife Trust have leaflets on the High Level Rail Route. I think they are about £1 a pop. It is produced by the "Friends of the Great North Wood" and because it is copyrighted, I cannot reproduce it on STF.

However, it does highlight a walk along the route as it is today, with information on wildlife, and more importantly, refreshment stops.

If someone wants more information on the leaflet, drop me a PM

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