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Staines West to West Drayton - GWR West London Branch line 

In what is now a heavily populated West London there used to be four branch lines operated by the Great Western Railway. One survives in full but the others have been closed, and by and large ripped up and demolished. 

Gone are the lines connecting Brentford Docks to Southall, West Drayton to Uxbridge Vine Street and the subject of this article the Staines to West Drayton line. Hang on though, surely Staines still has a station? Yes it does but it used to have two....

Both the GWR and the Southern Railway had quite separate stations in Staines at one time. Oddly enough the simple distinction between the two was only made very late in the day in 1949 when the GWR's one was renamed from simply Staines to Staines West prior to its closure.  

The line originally opened on the 9th August 1884 when the first passenger trains only traveled from West Drayton to Colnbrook. The connection to Staines opened a year later on the 2nd November 1885 with the tiny Poyle Estate Halt (the platform was only one coach length), Stanwell Moor and Yeoveny sitting inbetween. Yeoveney itself was tiny - the platform was only 20 feet long!

During the Second World War a connecting spur was installed which meant the ex GWR lines could link up with the Staines to Windsor line but this was subsequently removed in 1959.

The six and half miles of line finally closed to passengers on the 29th March 1965 but some of it is still in use to freight services today and in many places track and a few buildings remain. 

Key facts and figures:

Distance from West Drayton: Colnbrook Estate Halt (2.5 miles), Colnbrook (3 miles), Poyle Estate Halt (3.25 miles), Poyle Halt for Stanwell Moor (3.75 miles), Yeoveney (5.25 miles) and Staines West (6.25 miles).

Station Opening dates : West Drayton (June 1838), Colnbrook Estate Halt (May 1961), Colnbrook (August 1884), Poyle Estate Halt (January 1954), Poyle Halt For Stanwell Moor (June 1927), Yeoveney (March 1892) and Staines West (November 1885)

All stations with the exception of West Drayton closed in March 1965. 

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Staines West Station

Staines West station was originally a private residence that was converted into a station. After closure it remained semi derelict for 11 years before being redeveloped into office space. 

Staines West lamps

Staines West Station Lamps

Around the back of the building are clues to its past. Lamps that once lined the platform are now in the car park whilst a set of buffers and a short piece of track hint at its previous use.

Staines West Station Buffers

Staines West Junction

Heading out of Staines much of the track remains in place slowly rotting and rusting away. This is the point where it runs alongside the line to Windsor and Eton before branching off.

Ground signal

There are still a few trackside elements in place such as this old ground signal.

The track still remains in places north of Staines. 

Railway track at Staines

Heavily overgrown its now only really accessible when the vegetation dies down in Winter.

GWR chair

If you look hard enough you can still see clues that the line used to be operated by the GWR.

Staines disused railway bridge

Elsewhere other structures carrying the railway survive.

Stanwell Moor Railway

Heading North here are still railway structures present such as this railway bridge on Stanwell Moor. All traces of the railway disappear for a while shortly after here as they were removed to make way for the M25

Colnbrook Station Masters House

It reappears around Colnbrook where the Station Masters House marks the new end of the line. At this point the railway used to run directly across the road, hence the level crossing markers oddly still in place.

Colnbrook Level Crossing

Colnbrook sidings

The line used to be a double here but one set of tracks have been removed on the right.

Colnbrook bypass

The line is now used just for freight and services industry in the Coln Brook area such as London Concrete.

Colnbrook sidings looking towards West Drayton

Looking up the line from the Colnbrook Bypass it's a bit of a stretch to imagine steam hauled passenger services using this route.

60015 diesel engine

Diesel engine waiting in the sidings by London Concrete

West Drayton Branch Line

West Drayton - where the line joins the main line route into London Paddington

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Aldwych (disused)
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Underground Pioneer (150 years)
Boston Manor Signal Box
Art Deco on the Underground

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Feltham Mashalling Yards
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