Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

The London Underground had big dreams.

Its scattered tentacles would stretch past the dusty fumes of the big city and find picturesque villages, centuries-old mansions and rolling fields.

The Metropolitan Railway – now simply known as the Met Line for most of us – tried its hardest to reach out.

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The line went all the way out to the Aylesbury countryside

In fact, between 1948 and 1961, the London Underground line came all the way to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where the London Underground line ended.

Passengers who wanted to keep traveling had to get out of the tube, a train powered by electricity and hop on a steam locomotive.

When the line between Rickmansworth and Amersham was electrified, there was no longer a need for the pipe to go to Aylesbury.

The end of the Met line became Amersham as it still is today.

As it was still open, passengers could get from Aylesbury to Waddesdon, a station that was mainly there to serve Waddesdon Manor, a stunning country house now owned by the National Trust and managed by the Rothschild Foundation.

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Although Waddesdon Manor is now frequented by around 450,000 visitors a year and many a film crew (the Amazon adaptation of Cinderella was filmed there as it was Downton Abbey, The Crown, and Never say never again), the Met station has been closed since 1936.

A single, defiant line still cuts through the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside with only one visible platform – the other has been torn down.

It is now used only for a daily freight train transporting London waste to the Calvert – or occasionally Buckinghamshire Railway Center event.

Although over 40 miles from London and not underground, Waddesdon and nearby Quainton Road are considered closed London Underground stations.

Quainton Road station became a bookstore and ticket office in the new Buckinghamshire Railway Center, a railway museum with the main railway station restored to its 1900s appearance.


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