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Times Past On The Rails 2/5

St.Pancras in the 1980's.  

 

This is a Class 317 Diesel Multiple Unit which were introduced on the Bedford route from St.Pancras in 1983 and continued to run that service until 1986 when they were moved to run elswhere.  

 

How different St.Pancras is nowadays since it has been extended, refurbished and converted to be the International Eurostar Terminal in addition to having the continuing services to the Midlands, one day perhaps I will get up to London to see how it looks.




Times Past On The Rails 2/5

St.Pancras in the 1980's.  

 

This is a Class 317 Diesel Multiple Unit which were introduced on the Bedford route from St.Pancras in 1983 and continued to run that service until 1986 when they were moved to run elswhere.  

 

How different St.Pancras is nowadays since it has been extended, refurbished and converted to be the International Eurostar Terminal in addition to having the continuing services to the Midlands, one day perhaps I will get up to London to see how it looks.




comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Dec 2011, 02:51
Leads me to wondering how come the lowly Pancreas gets a Saint, but there is no Saint Leung, Saint Hart, Saint Breyn...

I'd love to see this shed with a steam loco under load, Brian.
Brian Walbey: This train shed looks completely different now Ray because it is also the International terminus for trains that run through the Channel Tunnel to Europe. You get some idea here >> http://www.artofthestate.co.uk/london_photos/st-pancras-international-station.htm
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Dec 2011, 07:17
I remember these units on the Bed-Pan service, as it was called at the time, representing a brave new future.

I would urge you, at the expense of virtually everything else railway-wise, to revisit St Pancras and have a good look around - it is a modern revelation! And whilst you're there you can hop on a Javelin and travel at high speed down HS1 to Ashford & beyond too!
Brian Walbey: Chris if my balance problems abate long enough we both want to go down and look at St.Pancras, and also Kings Cross next door, particularly the old Goods Depot which is being totally changed, that is where we both worked and met.
Ah! memories passed .... showing the clock end.
Brian Walbey: We really do intend getting down one day to see what it is like now, and Kings Cross as well, we met when we both worked there at the Freight Terminal which is also being totally changed.
The timeless beauty of trains and their stations.
like it!
Brian Walbey: Good to see how it used to look compared with now >> http://www.artofthestate.co.uk/london_photos/st-pancras-international-station.htm
I agree with Chris as i keep saying i want to go and see St Pancras in all its' glory.
Brian Walbey: We want to go down if my balance problems abate long enough to let me, they are not good at the moment. We met next door at Kings Cross when we worked at the Freight Terminal which is also being completely rebuilt.
old time feel to the train
Brian Walbey: Yes although I believe some of these are still in use on the rail network.
I've been down two or three times since the change - pretty amazing!
Brian Walbey: Yes I've been told it is worth a look Tom.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2011, 10:47
Ironically, I have a SP shot lined for tomorrow which I think will prove your point nicely Brian!
Brian Walbey: I look forward to that then Tom, can't promise to get up early for it though, one joy of being retiredsmile
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Dec 2011, 12:02
The station looks old but great, I have never seen the newer version, to see it all updated smile
Brian Walbey: No I haven't seen the new version Linda, we will go down one day to have a look.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Dec 2011, 14:25
It all looked a bit grim back in the 1980s by all accounts. I've never been there either before the refurbishment or since but I've seen it on TV and looks very pleasant. I'm sure those people rich enough to be able to afford rail travel now enjoy the surroundings.
Brian Walbey: Yes it wasn't the brightest of stations I recall, but it looks very plush now in pictures I've seen of it.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Dec 2011, 19:21
Take one back, so to speak. Nice capture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
Its years since I have been to London to walk around, and years since I have travelled anywhere by train.
Brian Walbey: I've travelled by train over recent years, my favourite form of transport, but have only been to London about two or three times since I finished working there in June, 1977, I guess it must have changed smile
Whenever I traveled to London in the 80s/90s I would go over to St Pancras and Kings Cross to photograph the East Coast trains working out of them. I would not mind going back down just to see how the place has changed. A picture typical of the era Brian.
Brian Walbey: yes we would like to go down and see both stations now, and also Kings Freight Depot above the tunnels which is being completely redeveloped, that is where we met when we both worked there in the late 60's.

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