Today Uxbridge is a pleasant end-of-line stop on the London Underground Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.
There is something really charming about the station when you get off the train and see the old buffers at the end of the tracks and look at the magnificent raised canopy of the station.
We really have the impression of having arrived in an old suburb.
But this station isn’t quite what it seems – it hasn’t always been here and there was another station before it that has now completely disappeared.
Let’s go back to a time when the London Underground was divided into sections operated by many different companies.
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One of them was the Metropolitan Railway.
In 1899, an Act of Parliament was passed allowing the Met to build a railway station west of Uxbridge, connected to a new line from Harrow. From Harrow, the existing line went to London to Baker Street.
A small, quaint station building off Belmont Road has been constructed in Uxbridge with two platforms and a ticket office as well as waiting and refreshment rooms.
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Incredibly, when the line was inspected before it opened, Rail Inspector JW Prongle got into a seat attached to the front of the locomotive so he could inspect the track !.
In June 1904, when the first train operated, it was covered in flags and passengers sat for a festive lunch inside a marquee set up at Uxbridge Station.
The station had a signal post and a section of track that allowed steam locomotives to turn around.
The line will soon be electrified from 1905 and the oil lamps of the stations will soon be replaced by electric lamps.
Uxbridge also had a freight yard with a warehouse and private sidings for the wholesale grocer Alfred Button to load and unload the goods.
On March 1, 1910, an extension of the District Line was opened from South Harrow, which connected it to the Metropolitan Railway at Rayners Lane. This allowed District Line trains to serve stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge.
Later, on October 23, 1933, District Line services to Uxbridge were replaced by Piccadilly Line trains.
In the 1930s, it was decided that the station was not well located and plans were underway to create a new station on the High Street, which was much more accessible.
It opened on December 4, 1938.
Traffic continued to use the old station freight yard until May 1939.
The station building remained in place even though the track was occupied and continued to be used by the grocery store. He later provided storage for a frozen food business.
It was eventually demolished to provide a site for a cash and carry business, then in 1985 a parking lot was built above to serve a new supermarket.
So the next time you’re shopping at Sainsbury’s in Uxbridge, think about the fact that there’s a lost London Tube station right under your feet!
The full story of the station can be read in JE Connor’s book, ‘London’s Disused Tube Stations’.