Station Name: STAINES HIGH STREET

[Source: Martin James]


Date opened: 1.7.1884
Location:

North side of High Street, Staines

Company on opening: London & South Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 1.2.1916
Date closed completely: 1.2.1916
Company on closing: London & South Western Railway
Present state: There is nothing left of the station, although the 'Iron Bridge' is still in daily use by trains from Waterloo to Windsor
County: Middlesex
OS Grid Ref: TQ037717
Date of visit: 11.2.2012

BRIEF HISTORY
Staines High Street station was opened in 1884 by the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) and closed just 32 years later, in 1916. It was located at the western end of a double-track railway triangle with Staines Junction station (Staines Central from 1923) at its eastern end and the line to Egham at the south.

The station - which was more of a halt than a proper station - was built on an embankment and consisted of two wooden platforms on wooden stilts some 20 ft above street level. Steps to the up and down platforms led up from separate sides of the 'Iron Bridge' - the up side steps from Mill Mead and the down side steps from Factory Path (now Mustard Mill Road).

Details of any platform buildings, shelters, or other structures and fittings are uncertain as no photographs of the station have been found (although the pictures below is labelled Staines High Street, Spelthorne Museum are unsure).

Between Staines High Street and Staines Junction stations - to the north of the triangle - is Station Path which provided a pedestrian link between the two stations, and is still in use today between the present Staines station (formerly Staines Junction/Central) and the High Street.

Sandwiched between Staines High Street station and the railway triangle is the 'Iron Bridge', which crosses Staines High Street and is used by trains on Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside services.

Staines High Street station originally had its own signal box which controlled the nearby triangle junction. Together with the other two triangle signal boxes it was replaced in 1904 with just one signal box called Staines Junction, in the middle of the triangle. This 1904 LSWR Type 4A box operated points and signals via the LSWR Low Pressure Pneumatic system of control
rather than conventional levers; a feature of the system was automatic distant signals which changed from ‘caution’ to ‘clear’ once all the stop signals had been cleared from the signal box.

Staines Junction signal box was, at some time, renamed Staines West, and this - together with Staines East box (to the east of what was, by then, Staines Central station) - was itself subsequently replaced with a new Southern Railway box called Staines Central.

The triangle ceased to have this layout in 1965 when the West Curve - also known as Staines Chord - was dismantled

PASSENGER TRAVEL
Few passenger trains appear to have called at Staines High Street. Although the line saw regular trains between Waterloo and Windsor, it seems that none stopped at Staines High Street in the latter days of the station's existence. The 1914 LSWR timetable shows Aldershot to Windsor trains stopping at Staines High Street every three hours on Mondays to Saturdays, giving four trains a day in each direction: in reality this was the same train-set going to-and-fro all day.

There were LSWR and SR designated locomotive headcodes for Windsor to Ascot and Windsor to Woking plus, in 1944, a set of different headcodes for excursions from Windsor to Dover, Hastings or Bognor Regis.

GOODS
There were no sidings at the station, all goods being handled by Staines Junction goods yard and shed. Just west of Staines High Street, however, a trailing junction connected with the down line into the Staines Linoleum complex.

THE FUTURE
As part of the first draft of the proposed Airtrack rail link from Waterloo/Reading/Guildford to Heathrow Airport, a new station at Staines High Street was included; later proposals no longer mention this, however and Airtrack has now been shelved due to lack of finance..

Ticket from Michael Stewart, Bradshaws from Chris Hind

See also Staines West


Staines High Street Station down platform c.1902 with a group of at least three light engines working tender first to Windsor - probably in order to work troop trains later on with soldiers from Windsor Barracks. The locos have probably come down from Nine Elms Loco Shed (Feltham Shed had not yet opened in 1902) and had been turned on the Staines Triangle - hence the tail lamp on the bufferbeam of the loco nearest the camera. The LSWR loco headcode of a disc under the chimney and a diamond on the right of the smokebox is correct for a Waterloo to Windsor working via Twickenham - the white disc on the bufferbeam with the black centre indicating a 'special'. The two locos nearest the camera are T9's - built only three years earlier in 1899.
Photo received from Spelthorne Museum


1895 1:2,500 OS map showing the triangular junction south of Staines High Street station. The footpath linking the two stations is clearly visible.

1899 1:2,500 OS map Staines North Junction signal box (later renamed Staines High Street signal box) can be seen on the south side of the bridge


1914 1:2,500 OS map shows the new Staines West signal box near the bottom of the triangle .


Staines West signal box controlled the triangle of junctions to the east of Staines High Street station.

1932 1:2,500 OS map. Although the station closed 16 years earlier and was quickly demolished, its site is still clearly visible.

The site of Staines High Street station's down platform, looking north from the
High Street in February 2012.

Aerial view showing the site of Staines High Street station; the up platform was at the bottom.

Aerial view showing the site of Staines High Street station; the down platform was at the bottom.

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[Source: Martin James]




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