Video: A History Of London's Railway Termini Construction

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 32 months ago
Video: A History Of London's Railway Termini Construction

A few weeks ago, we gave you the history of where London's railway termini got their names, now we've made a handy animated video all about the order in which they were built. Would you know, for example, when the first London railway terminus was built? And which ones used to exist, or have now been abandoned?

Last Updated 09 September 2015

Paul Corfield

Pedant alert - odd that National Rail still defines Blackfriars as "London Terminals" for ticketing purposes if it isn't a terminus?

Is there a reason why you missed off Moorgate on both the Great Northern and Midland routes? Although the history is complicated and involved they were still originally planned / used as main line termini even with the Metropolitan Railway involvement.

Alan Burkitt-Gray

Shouldn't it continue, to include Waterloo International and then St Pancras International?

Tom Bolton

There's Nine Elms too: built in 1838, and superseded by Waterloo. Also Bricklayer's Arms, which opened in 1843 to compete with London Bridge, but was made redundant not long afterwards by a merger which allowed everyone to use LB, a much more convenient station.

Greg Tingey

There was a temporary terminus, before London Bridge, at Spa Road, Bermondsey. ( Ditto for King's Cross - there was a temorary terminus, just to the north
YOU FORGOT PADDINGTON! Opened 1838, -then moved to present site 185, as you say, correctly.
Blackfriars is not only "classified as a terminus, it has terminal (bay) platforms.


You've missed Bricklayers Arms, London Necropolis, Paddington 1 and then Paddington 2 . Moorgate Widened Lines, Moorgate GN&CR, Euston 1 (shed to NW on approaches) Waterloo 1,2,3., Victoria LCD and Victoria LBSC Baker Street (Met?) Plus that tiny terminus tucked in under the viaduct climbing up to Blackfriars, used for many years to stable trains for Cannon Street or London Bridge. Presumably Somers Town does not count, and neither does Kings Cross Goods and the intermodal freight facility on York Way. Nine Elms also preceded Waterloo IIRC as the first LSWR London terminus, and the HS1 link to St Pancras does approach it from a new direction.

With Crossrail you might also want to reflect on the fact that it was possible 100 years ago to use the widened lines and connections to ru a through train from Ealing Broadway to Southend Victoria or Central via Paddington or Victoria, and the Platforms (1 at York Way, and 14 at Kings Cross) which provided the inspiration for the book that imagined Platform 93/4 before Harry Potter grabbed the idea.

I was fortunate to have a trip in 1971 on a double 6-H DEMU which was perhape th alst passnger train to go down under Holborn Viaduct and round the South curve to Moorgate, round both curves at Dalston Junction, through the Canonbury Tunnel and the various links between Kentish Town and Crouch Hill.