The Winchester

"Not all those who wander are lost" – Tolkien

Deep Level #4 – South Kentish Town

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February 2011

So far this evening we’d played hide and seek with both blue lights and track workers. A curtain twitcher is known to reside in an adjacent property to the access, and has called the police on ocassions. (Robbing the Cash Converters? Don’t make me laugh!)

The pub beside the station closes late and a glut of people hang around smoking, eating kebabs and dealing drugs. The local populace drive around, watching what people are up to, and even at 2.30am when everything has shut, the place is still not quite dead.

With more in common with an open tube station than the remains of the likes of City Road and Lords, SKT is familiar: A passageway with lift shafts, a set of emergency stairs, Yerkes hoops tiled onto the ceiling. The platforms are long gone, removing the feel of a station perhaps, but it’s still familiar.

Talks have started on opening  up some of these disused stations for the public to see, but what’s the point? Tidied up, opened up, the challenge will disappear, the reward will not be a reward without a challenge, and if people want to see what a tube station looks like, they can go and use the network and see over 260 of them!

A similar length shaft to that ascended at City Road, we had the luxury of stairs this time. The shaft is used for ventilation purposes and as such, the disused station feels live, to an extent. The tracks running through the station are of course live, push your nose to the windows of a northern line train heading from Kentish Town to Camden Town and you’ll see the remains, although the luxury of a good look around is reserved for those bold enough to make their way down.

Deep level tubes have no clearance of course, a problem that’s prevented exploration of several of the stations closed by the Picadilly, Northern and Central railways. The London Underground is notoriously difficult to infiltrate, but push hard enough and the glitches in the system are there.

Written by Winch

February 16th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Gary, Neb, Otter, Patch

3 Responses to 'Deep Level #4 – South Kentish Town'

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  1. Well played sir!

    Looks fantastic!


    21 Feb 11 at 11:59 am

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Dave, tehwinch. tehwinch said: South Kentish Town Station, disused since the 1930s. […]

  3. Nice one buddeh!


    21 Feb 11 at 5:39 pm

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