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The original Midland Railway Bedford station of 1859 had beautiful ridge & furrow glass awnings with intricate wrought iron supports. Here one of the St Pancras service dmus stands in the Up platform on 26th June 1977. I believe that the signal box glimpsed through the bridge arches stands on the junction between the Hitchin & London lines. In 1978, with electrification, all this was swept away to build a new steel & glass station located 200yards further north. This was to avoid the tight curves into the station from the south as the original platforms were on the older Hitchin lines. For 100 years since the Midland built its own line to London, this hadn't been a problem but to aid the speeding up of services the new station was built on the avoiding line curve to the left of this view.


26th June 1977
Pete LG99


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