[Source: Nick Catford]
Date opened: 8.9.1856
Location: The station site has been cleared away and now lies under Hillingdon Road (A4020) at its junction with Vine Street
Company on opening: Great Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 10.9.1962
Date closed completely: 24.2.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (Western Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Middlesex
OS Grid Ref: TQ056839
Date of visit: February 1968, March 1969, July 1974, March 1975 & 16.7.2005

Notes: The branch from West Drayton to Uxbridge was authorised in 1853. Work on the line which was just over two miles in length, started in 1854 and following a Board of Trade inspection the first passengers were carried on 8th September 1856. The terminus at Uxbridge faced onto Vine Street and consisted of a single storey 'L' shaped building with a covered concourse leading to the central island platform. This was flanked on either side by two shorter narrow platforms. The station was also provided with an overall roof (trainshed). The branch had one intermediate station at Cowley which was added in 1904.

A single road brick engine shed and turntable was sited on the east side of the station while the goods yard with a brick built goods shed was sited on the west side.

The single track broad gauge line was an immediate success but in 1871 the track was re-laid as standard gauge with the line reopening on 9th October 1871 with some trains now running through to and from Paddington. Both passenger and freight traffic continued to increase and in 1881 it was necessary to double the line after which a new service was introduced between Uxbridge and Aldgate on the Metropolitan Line.

The engine shed was closed in 1897 and in the early 20th Century the station itself was threatened with closure to passengers following a proposal to extend the line northwards to join the GWR at Denham. This would have rendered 'Vine Street' redundant with a new station being provided to the west of the town. At the same time the Metropolitan Railway was also extending extending into Uxbridge with their station at Belmont Road opening in 1904. Although the line running south from Denham was built and opened in 1907; it terminated at a new station called Uxbridge High Street and did not join up with the West Drayton line. Uxbridge now had three stations so the terminus of the West Drayton line was renamed Uxbridge Vine Street on 1.5.1907.

The first world war brought a reduction in passenger numbers but these picked up again after the war. In 1923 the trainshed roof was removed and replaced by a platform canopy and at the same time the narrow platforms on either side of the central island were cut back to a short stub. After the second world war passengers were again in decline with commuters preferring the more convenient and faster Metropolitan and Piccadilly line services into London and once the line began running at a loss closure was inevitable.

Despite the usual public protests the station closed to passengers on 10th September 1962. Although the freight service remained profitable and the line was re-signalled, this only lasted until 24th February 1964 with final closure following on 13th July that year when the parcels service was also withdrawn.

The track was lifted in March/April 1965 and the island platform was demolished shortly afterwards. The station building lingered a little longer and for a short time was used for storage by a local retailer. By early 1968 it was derelict and it was demolished the following year. The stub of one of the side platforms remained at least until the mid 1970's but the whole area was completely cleared when the A4020 Hillingdon Road was realigned straight through the station site part of which is also under an adjacent office block.

Today little remains of the Vine Street branch; Cowley Station has also been demolished and all the bridges have been removed. The cutting alongside Brunel University has been infilled but a short length of track bed running parallel with Cleveland Road, Cowley has been retained as a nature reserve and a short length of broad gauge track has been laid along it.

Further reading: GWR Disused Stations in Greater London by J.E. Connor - Connor & Butler 2000 ISBN 0 947699 31 7

Other web sites: Abandoned Tube Stations - includes photographs of the branch in 2005. Tickets from Michael Stewart

See also Cowley

Uxbridge Vine Street Station Gallery 1 1912 - September 1962

Uxbridge Vine Street station entrance c.1912.
Photo received from Kenneth Lea

1899 1:2,500 OS map shows the Vine Street terminus as built with an overall (trainshed) roof.

1934 1:2,500 OS map. The trainshed has now been removed and replaced by a canopy. The side walls of the trainshed are still shown. The track layout remains unchanged as it did throughout the life of the station. The extent of the large goods dock is shown immediately to the left of the station with one siding running alongside it and another end on. A second weighbridge (WM) has been provided.

Uxbridge Vine Street station in 1919 with its original trainshed. The goods dock is seen
to the left of the trainshed.
Photo from John Mann collection

Aerial view of Uxbridge Vine Street station in 1933. The trainshed roof was demolished in 1923 and replaced with a canopy although the side walls have been retained. The goods yard is dominated by the large goods shed. The loading dock is seen between the shed and the station served by two sidings. One runs alongside the dock and the other is end on. The small building behind the shed is the weigh office at an angle close to the top right corner of the shed. The goods office (with a sloping roof) is at the front of the shed. The coal yard with a line of coal bins is seen on the left served by one siding.
Reproduced with the kind permission of Simmons Aerofilms Ltd

An auto train prepares to depart from Uxbridge Vine Street station in October 1955. Neither platform road had a run round loop, so trains had to reverse out so that the loco could run round and then propel the coaches back in again. An auto trains would propel its coaches back to West Drayton with no need to run round.
Copyright photo by HC Casserley

Uxbridge Vine Street station seen from the goods yard in October 1955. By this time only one platform road was generally used; the other is being used to stable coaches.
Copyright photo by HC Casserley

Looking north towards Uxbridge Vine Street station and goods yard in 1958. The coal yard is
seen on the left.
Photo from John Mann collection

An unidentified post-war GWR AEC diesel railcar is seen at Uxbridge Vine Street station in July 1960 before departing for West Drayton. The Great Western Railway introduced the first of what was to become a very successful series of railcars in 1933; these survived in regular use into the 1960s, when they were replaced with the new British Rail 'first generation' type diesel multiple units.
Photo by David Pearson

Uxbridge Vine Street station entrance in the 1960s. The canopy over the entrance seen in the 1911 picture above has been removed.
Photo from John Mann collection

Uxbridge Vine Street station in August 1962. The GWR railcars have now been replaced with DMUs. A Pressed Steel built class 121 single car awaits departure for West Drayton. Remnants of the trainshed side walls are still in place.
Photo from Bernie Holland collection

Uxbridge Vine Street station in September 1962.
Photo by John M Cramp from 30937 Transport Photograph Database

Uxbridge Vine Street Station on 5 September 1962; three days before passenger closure.
Photo by John M Cramp from 30937 Transport Photograph Database

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Last Day - July 2005




[Source: Nick Catford]

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