A wonderful 5 minute video has been dug up by the BBC archives of the North London line when it used to run from Richmond to the now demolished Broad Street Station.
Described as the line that starts nowhere and goes nowhere, the forgotten railway it was a rare example of a service where it was always possible to get a seat.
Almost impossible to imagine today, but it was so badly used that there was a lobby calling for the tracks to be lifted and the line replaced with a road.
Today, it is part of the London Overground, although sadly, Broad Street station was torn down when Liverpool Street was redeveloped.
The 5 minute news article, with trains that look a hundred years old, but are, for most of us, still within living memory.
It’s actually worth watching to compare today with yesterday — and marvel at just how massively different something as ordinary as the train carriage has changed over the past few decades.
And just imagine, 95p for a return trip.
The clip is on the BBC Archive’s twitter feed here.
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) July 23, 2016