The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it’s of London’s old railway stations.

Hounslow Town

Hounslow Town station opened in May 1883 as the terminus of an extension by the District line.

The original plan was to extend the line southwards towards the mainline railway that runs through the town, but the mainline operator objected.

The District line changed direction and headed out further west in 1884, leaving Hounslow Town as a spur line.

An attempt to improve services on the spur failed to increase usage, and the line closed in 1909 when Hounslow East station opened.

The site is now occupied by a bus garage.

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