With no great thought put into where I was to head off to first (after all if I’m going to visit everywhere, what difference does it make?) and thinking that an outside section of track would be best seeing as it’s summer and the leaves and trees make everything look that little bit nicer from a photography point of view. Remembering what I’d read on Ianvisits’ blog about a single wooden escalator left at Greenford near the west end of the Central line, this settled it – the red line it is to start.
The Central Line extension to Denham was conceived during the New Works Programme designed to co-ordinate the expansion of London’s transport infrastructure as the population of London increased. Put on hold by World War II, the plans for the Central line extension, like that of the the Northern Line were irrevocably changed: new green belt legislation meant that West Ruislip, rather than Denham, was the end of the line.
Although West Ruislip is the end of the line the evidence of further plans is still evident today, although runaway trains wouldn’t get very far without any power rails.
Tracks in the distance are used by Chiltern Railways although very few trains are timetabled to stop here nowadays. Nevertheless, the station is managed by Chiltern and in that respect, the building and ticket hall have a slightly shabby, non-LU look about it even though the standard ticket gates, Oyster readers and ticket machines are in place. The main road outside the station has few distinguishing features: from a quick wander round outside the station it’s hard to see any local features other than a small kebab shop.
Platform level is in the form of an island layout with shunting neck roads on the side of Ruislip depot (which south side of which can connect to the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines just past Ruislip station).
As so often seen at the end of the line, it’s a quiet little place (at least off-peak) but has a little bit of an unloved feel to it with nothing making it stand out in any particular way. ‘Improvements’ made to the building in the 1960s certainly don’t seem to have benefitted the station in comparison to how it used to look, although the glassed waiting areas do give the station a more modern look underneath the older-style canopies.
Verdict: Quiet, bit of a sad rebuilding project in the 60s that makes the place look a bit more run-down than it should do, platform area much more LU-like than the ticket hall!