Exploration: The Northern Heights

The Edgware London & Highgate Railway opened in 1867. It was almost immedately taken over by The Great Northern Railway and ran services from Edgware, High Barnet and Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park via Highgate and then onto Moorgate on what is now the Thameslink Northern City Line.

In 1933 it was announced that the line would be amalgamated into London Underground’s Northern Line as part of The New Works Programme and the entire route was to be electrified during the 1930’s. The scheme became known as ‘The Northern Heights.’ Quick and efficient electric trains would then serve the line to The City, as well as the West End, via a newly constructed tunnel linking the line with the tube network at Archway.

The project was suspended due to the 2nd World War in 1939 and lack of funds prevented work from resuming after.

The line between Mill Hill East, High Barnet and Archway had been completed and was absorbed by The Northern Line. The rest of the route gradually fell into disuse until it was closed to passenger traffic in the mid 50’s.

Now a public footpath and park, I went along was some like minded geeky colleagues to find out what of the Finsbury Park – Alexandra Palace section still remains.

Click on an image to find out more.

Photography by Andy Carter and Andy Popperwell.

To find out more about the Finsbury Park – Alexandra Palace line and to see pictures of what it used to look like, I recommend a visit to the ever brilliant Disused Stations site.

Thanks to Robin Warren, Chris Marshall, Victoria 3000, Mike Regaard, Andy Popperwell and Laura Scheffer for coming on this adventure.

– Andy Carter

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