Visitors to London who are also transport enthusiasts (‘railfans’) sometimes ask for advice as to the ‘best’ things to see on London’s railway network. This page is part of a guide which aims to answer that question.
If this is the first time you have reached these pages then it is best to go to the Opening Page which sets the scene, explains the difference between the small and the large profile trains, offers advice on the best type of ticket to buy and photography tips.
Alternatively, it is possible to view everything on one page
Busier Suburban Stations Of Interest
In addition to terminal stations in Central London, there are some busier suburban stations where a variety of trains can often be seen. This list only looks at those in zones in zones 1-4. These include: Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ealing Broadway, Wimbledon, and Stratford.
|The London Overground platforms 1 and 2 as seen from the footbridge, with two Class 378 trains. The train in front of me is a West London Line service, the train below me is a South London
Line service. To make interchange easy these trains are timed to meet here, every 15 minutes, every day. A SouthWest Trains Class 450 is at platform 3 and in the distance what is probably a Class
455 train can be seen just outside the station.
This photograph is looking east, towards Central London and Waterloo / Victoria railway stations.
|The view from the far end of the platform used by the Overground's West London Line trains. On the left can be seen part of a railing which stops passengers from walking along the
rest of the platform.
Looking across the station we see two SWT Class 455 trains and a Southern train, either a Class 375 or Class 377.
This photograph is looking south.
|Richmond station was built by the Southern Railway in 1937.||Richmond station ticket hall. The station entrance is on the left; to the right can be seen the steps down to platforms 2 - 7 and separate walking route to platform 1 which is located on the other side of the through tracks. This picture was stitched together from two images.|
|The fully weather protected circulating area for platforms 2 -7 which is reached after passing through the ticket hall.
In the distance can be seen some tables and chairs where people can eat foods purchased here.
|Train departure information display at Richmond station,
seen moments after the first train (London Overground
to Stratford) had departed.
The next District Line departure is the 14:03 from platform 7.
The barriers and electric ticket gates at Richmond station are a fairly new innovation. They split the circulating area in front of the trains into two and mean that passengers changing trains need to effectively leave the fares paid area (ie; break their journey) to access most of the food outlets or use the toilets. For passengers using Oyster PAYG this can result in extra costs (a new fare being charged for the next part of their journey).
|Inside the District Line trainshed.
Platform 9 is empty whilst there is an S stock train at platform 8.
Platforms 7 (District Line) and 6 (Central Line) are empty.
In the distance a Central Line 1992 Tube Stock train
can just about be seen at platform 5.
|Platforms 1, 2 and 3 (on the far right) are hidden behind the First GreatWestern Class 165 diesel train travelling towards London Paddington station which is arriving at platform 4.
Straight in front of me is platform 5, with a Central Line 1992 Tube Stock train partially visible behind two public telephones and a hanging basket of flowers. Partly hidden in the shadow from the platform canopy another Central Line train can just about be seen in platform 6.
District Line platforms 7, 8 and 9 on the far left are empty.
|If paying fares using electronic smart card devices (Oyster / contactless / smartphone / keyfob, etc.,) it is very likely that you will need to use a card reader when interchanging between the trams and trains.
Be careful, as forgetting to 'touch-in/out' or using the wrong card reader could prove expensive!!
Located on platforms 9/10 the card readers seen here are for any type of train (left) and trams (right).
For the benefit of interchanging passengers there are also pink (route validator) and yellow card readers the platforms (Nos. 1-4) which are used by the District Line trains - these too are for interchanging passengers - the pink card readers are for passengers making journeys where the fares are lower if the passenger avoids travelling in Zone 1 whilst the yellow card readers are for passengers who are either starting a train (underground or mainline) journey after arriving here by tram or have split their fares over several tickets with paper tickets being used to travel on mainline railway journeys operated by SWT or Thameslink and electronic smart card devices being used to pay their fares on the District Line underground trains.
|The main station entrance which was rebuilt by the Southern Railway in the late 1920‘s using Portland stone. The one-time vehicle access directly in front of the station (eg: for ‘kiss and ride’ passengers and the taxi rank) has now become a pedestrian piazza which features floor lighting that cycles through a rainbow of colours. On the right of this late evening photograph the setting sun illuminates the area around a flower seller's shop unit. Also visible are three SouthWest Trains and a Tramlink self-service ticket machines.||People often ask whether it is possible to see a tram and underground train at the same time. In theory the answer is yes, but with the underground trains and the trams at opposite ends of the station
you have to look very closely. To help the viewer the image includes an arrow (in Tramlink green) which points to a Bombardier tram.
Note that this photograph dates from before the tram platform was rebuilt. Nowadays the trams pass by this location and stop further along the platform.
|Standing next to the former platform 10 tram stopping point,
in the distance can be seen a Bombardier tram at platform 10a.
On the far left is one of the Class 455 trains (in SWT livery) which includes a Class 508 carriage that was retained in London when
the Class 508 trains were sent to Merseyrail (Liverpool area).
|Two Bombardier trams at Wimbledon station -
2547 at platform 10b (left) and
2550 in a special yellow advertising livery at platform 10a (right).
|At Stratford westbound Central Line trains open their
doors on both sides. This view was taken on platform 3a
|The low level concourse. The B90/B92/B2K DLR train is calling at platform 16. Behind it (but not visible in this image) are Jubilee Line platforms 15, 14, 13. In the far distance, about 2/3rds up on the right edge of the image, the flat yellow structure is the roof of the short walkway to the DLR platforms 4a and 4b.|
|This will seem amazing, but both these photographs show the same location!|
|British Railways Class 416 electric multiple units on the Richmond - North Woolwich North London Line calling at the (then) platforms 1 and 2.
The area to the left of the image is now used by the Jubilee Line.
|A DLR train on the Stratford International - Canning Town - Beckton / Woolwich Arsenal service arrives at what is now platform 17.|
|These views were taken outside Stratford Station's main entrance.
On the left can be seen Jubilee Line train at platform 15 and a Docklands Light Railway train arriving at platform 16.
On the right can be seen the main railway station entrance and the adjacent bus station.
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