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Railway Walks: Seven Sisters to Palace Gates

by Peter Kessler, 1 September 2012. Updated 10 December 2015

The North London branch line between Seven Sisters and the former Palace Gates Station was opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1878, as a westwards extension of their 1872 Lower Edmonton services. The branch had originally been intended to reach Alexandra Palace itself, but the plans were cut back due to the high incline up to the palace. Trains travelled regularly from Palace Gates and North Woolwich for much of the line's lifetime, but passenger services ended in 1963, and the line closed in 1964. It now offers a particularly complex railway walk of approximately four kilometres (two and-a-half-miles) as so much of the trackbed has been lost to later development.

Six photos on this page contributed by Alan Swain, twenty-two by Philip Lindhurst, and one by Mark Bracegirdle, reproduced with permission, with additional information by Barry Ritter and Mark Bracegirdle.

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Main Sources

Conolly, W Philip - British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer, Fourth Edition, Ian Allen, London, 1965

Course, Edwin - London Railways: Then and Now, B T Batsford Ltd, London, 1987

Online Sources

Alan Swain's Tottenham Summerhill Road site

Disused Stations

Subterranea Britannica

Philip Lindhurst on Flickr

The Signal Box: Track Layout Diagrams

Abandoned Lines and Railways

 

 

     
Images and text copyright P L Kessler except where stated. An original feature for the History Files.