Railways - Dead & Alive
The Chiltern Main Line near Brill, Buckinghamshire. The disused bridge abutments, recently repaired by Network Rail, once carried the Brill Tramway over the line. One may wonder why a single line branch needed such wide abutments? The answer is that when the GWR built the Bicester cut-off (now the Chiltern Main Line) their required alignment cut right through Wood Siding station on the Tramway. The bridge therefore had to be wide because it carried the whole of the western half of the station. The Brill Tramway later became part of the Metropolitan & Great Central Joint Committee and eventually ended its days as the remotest and quirkiest outpost of the London Transport railway network. Closure came in 1935. The former GWR line didn't fare too well either, being reduced to a secondary route following the electrification of the West Coast Main Line in the 1960s. The track was singled and the service frequency dropped to a train every two hours. It was even proposed for closure at one point. Happily the decline was reversed in the last years of British Rail and following privatisation the route has gone from strength to strength. 4th May 2011. Image provided by Yahoo!/Flickr and shared under a Creative Commons license for research purposes only.
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