Rayners Lane sidings

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Tim B

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I was born and brought up in North Harrow and lived there until 1975. I always remember at Rayners Lane station 4 sidings behind the Uxbridge direction (Up?) plaform. I seem to remember coal wagons often being left there though why they would be delivering coal to an electrified underground line I cannot imagine.

Visiting the station again last week I was amazed to see 2 of the sidings still in place, still unelectrified, between the platform and the car park. Anyone have any idea what they are now used for ?
 
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Indeed, they have been removed from the diagram in the signal cabin, and there are no route switches associated with them.
 

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I was born and brought up in North Harrow and lived there until 1975. I always remember at Rayners Lane station 4 sidings behind the Uxbridge direction (Up?) plaform. I seem to remember coal wagons often being left there though why they would be delivering coal to an electrified underground line I cannot imagine.

Visiting the station again last week I was amazed to see 2 of the sidings still in place, still unelectrified, between the platform and the car park. Anyone have any idea what they are now used for ?
Trains used to deliver coal to local coal merchants. The siding was also used for the reversal of coal trains heading to South Harrow Gasworks. After coal traffic ended it was used for engineering trains until the connection with the main line was removed
 
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