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Discussion in 'UK Railway Discussion' started by ess, 3 Nov 2011.
Thanks Chap !
One gets older and memory starts to fade more and more !
Not a problem .
What happens at Aylesbury is of no relevance to the GCR, it is on the Metropolitan railway.
Not true; it was part of the Met and GC joint line, and the National Rail mileposts are definitely counting from Manchester Piccadilly (formerly London Road).
Although Aylesbury is undoubtedly Met/GC Joint, Quail shows that the mileage between Quainton Road and the LUL boundary at Harrow-on-the-Hill is measured from Baker Street, even on the NR section north of Amersham. North of Quainton Road and south of Harrow-on-the-Hill though, the mileage is from Manchester London Road. Is the mileage definitely the latter, even through Aylesbury?
Not sure now actually. I always thought that LUL used the Ongar system for mileages anyway (basically, the Central line measures from Ongar, and all other lines take their mileage from wherever they interchange with it).
EDIT You're right, the Manchester-based system is dropped over the parts that used to be joint. Look at MCJ.
Re up and down; the up direction was always towards the then railway companys' HQ. Thus Midland Railway up towards Derby.
To return to the OP's question of why are there no platforms on the Wakefield line at Ravensthorpe, I suspect the reason may be historical.
The Leeds line was owned by the LNWR, running originally from Manchester Exchange to Leeds City, and its station now known as "Ravensthorpe" was originally called "Ravensthorpe & Thornhill". However, the Wakefield line was the extension of the LYR from Manchester Victoria to Normanton and had its own station called "Thornhill" a little further down the line towards Wakefield, so presumably the L&Y saw no need to duplicate the facilities at Ravensthorpe & Thornhill.
Looking at the "Baseline Capability" extract from the Sectional Appendix on the NR site, the GC mileages apply as far as Harrow South Jn (or thereabouts), LU kilometreage applies to Mantles Wood, from where mileage from Baker Street applies to Quainton Road, where GC mileage picks up again to Calvert Junction.
Another myth. While that was true for some companies, it wasn't the case for all.