Euston's scruffy platforms in early 1970s. Doesn't seem all that much different now!
+1 for early 1970s Euston for me.Euston, just post-rebuilding. Lovely great high airy concourse, beautiful green stone floor. Both still there, but both somewhat encroached-on.
I loved Euston in the early 1980s as my mate and I could very quickly dash to any platform we liked through "the tunnel"Crikey, a syndrome to describe when people realise that it's an overpriced and definitely not romantic tourist trap!
Euston for me too - I particularly recall sitting in the "tunnel" on a luggage trolley eating a Casey Jones burger!
My first trip to Waterloo was an eye-opener, and might actually have been part of what made me interested in networks, just amazed at how the whole station could function at all. The old flip-style departure board always rattling away - and also the general lack of diesel noise & fumes, that felt a bit odd.More fascinating to me as a child though was Victoria: the vitality and movement and amazingly numerous train movements, mostly of green electric multiple units.And especially the departure indicator board: all those blue and white enamel names that shuttered and changed position every minute or less. And the smell of oil tail lamps: coming from a country station still lit by oil they seemed incongruous in the midst of the modern electric city.
Later on, travelling to Euston, I used to (still do in fact) enjoy looking out for the first Bakerloo line trains running alongside, the sign that we were nearly at our destination.
Indeed. It was a cracking station when first opened; then ruined by all the clutter.Euston, just post-rebuilding. Lovely great high airy concourse, beautiful green stone floor. Both still there, but both somewhat encroached-on.
Leaving Kings Cross on the sleeper (Deltic hauled) was a treat. Arriving at Kings Cross on the sleeper and finding three of them throbbing at the buffers was even better!Love this thread, some of the replies really paint a picture of the thrill of arriving in the Smoke (even when it was grim).
Alas, these days I think I've travelled out of every single major terminus on every operator or pattern (IC/commuter/etc) of train at each, except the sleepers. It is somewhat a shame that it doesn't even register, these days.