The Metropolitan railway was only 3 years old when it was already expanding its operation between Moorgate and King’s Cross. In 1866 the two track line was widened to four with additional connections provided at King’s Cross and St. Pancras to the Midland and Great Northern Railways. This offered direct through travel on the appropriately named “Widened Lines” from the north right into the heart of the city.
This was always a part of the network I found fascinating, particularly when I was young. The intertwining tube and national rail lines burrowing under and over each other, breaking in and out of daylight as they scraped the surface of the city. The overhead lines, the unusual national rail rolling stock sharing underground space with tube trains, the victorian retaining walls, the 60’s functionality and the people bustling about their busy city lives. This was my vision of London and it all began at Moorgate.
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