Drayton Park Railway Station, London, EnglandThis is Drayton Park Railway Station, the stairs that lead down to the island platform. Believe it or not this was an Underground station. Known today as the Northern City Line which runs between Finsbury Park and Moorgate Railway stations on the East Coast Mainline, however this was not always the case.When the line first opened, it only run between Drayton Park and Moorgate, only a few miles long and was operated by the Great Northern & City Railway until later being taken over by London Underground with the plan to extend the line to Finsbury Park as part of the Northern Heights (see here http://goo.gl/Df6Zxfor history on the Northern Heights). With the start of World War 2 this plan was cancelled. It was part of the Northern Line then and trains ran as shuttles between Finsbury Park and Moorgate until February 1975 when the Moorgate tube crash occurred with the loss of 43 lives, a year later the control of the Northern City Line was transferred to British Rail and is today operated by First Capital Connect.As you can see this station and line has had a mixed history and you could say has come full circle by being run by a private rail operator today.

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