Station Name: LEA BRIDGE


[Source: Nick Catford]


Lea Bridge Station Gallery 4: Last Day - January 1986


As there was no weekend service, the final day of operation was Friday 5 July 1985. Throughout the day the usual shuttle service fitted with a special headboard operated between Tottenham Hale and Stratford. This view of the southbound shuttle is taken earlier in the day before the crowds gathered for the last train.
Photo by Richard Allen from his Flickr photostream


On the last day of service, Cravens Class 105 is seen from the footbridge with a down train to Tottenham Hale.
Photo by David Pearson



In this view the Cravens Class 105 waits in the down platform before making the short journey to to Tottenham Hale.
Photo by David Pearson


On the last day, a local acoustic punk-folk band Aunt Fortescue's Bluesrockers fronted by Graham Larkbey, campaigner for improved railway services, played a gig at the station. They had previously played 'on train' gigs to highlight the station’s plight, its bad service and forthcoming closure.
Photo by Steve Barry


The Cravens Class 105 DMU which provided the service on the last day had been painted in a non-standard livery for an open day at Stratford depot. Stratford often applied its own version of the BR livery, especially on locomotives
Photo by A.F.Grimmett
 


Crowds have gathered at Lea Bridge in time for the last shuttle service in the evening. The two-car set was made up of cars 54122 and 53359. The last Class 105s were withdrawn from service at Norwich depot in 1988. Only three cars have survived into preservation owing to the use of asbestos in their construction.
Photo from Kim Rennie's Flickr photostream


It has been a long time since Lea Bridge last saw this many passengers on the platform.
Photo by Steve Barry

The sky is darkening as driver Dave Newell sits in his cab ready to take the final down service to Tottenham Hale at 7.12pm. It returned Lea Bridge before departing for Stratford at 7.38pm in the middle of a violent thunderstorm.
Photo by Richard Allen from his Flickr photostream


Following the departure of the final northbound service the band has moved to the up platform and continues to play until the last train returns from Tottenham Hale. It then played on board the train for the short journey to Stratford. The eagle-eyed might spot TV journalist and broadcaster Martha Kearney in the crowd.
Photo by Steve Barry


Lea Bridge station looking south in June 1985, eleven months after closure.
Photo by Alan Young


Apart from the removal of the Corporate Identity signage on the lamp posts little has changed in January 1986, 18 months after closure.
Photo by Nick Catford


The street-level surface building which is, in reality, no more than an open shelter and covered footbridge is seen in in January 1986, 18 months after closure.
Photo by Nick Catford

View north from the footbridge at Lea Bridge in January 1986. The parcels depot on the right is getting more dilapidated. It was eventually demolished in the 1990s to make way for the Leyton Relief Road (Argall Way/Orient Way).
Photo by Nick Catford


Looking south towards Lea Bridge station in January 1986, 18 months after closure.
Photo by Nick Catford

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January 2008 - January 2016


 

 

 

[Source: Nick Catford]



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