St Pancras at 150

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Today its 150 years since St. Pancras station opened its doors. I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a series of pictures. These pictures range from the construction of the station right to the present as well as the hotel and other aspects and there is a good variety of pictures to be seen. Today, the first of October 2018, the station will be holding its own celebrations including a beer festival and a talk/dinner at London’s Guildhall. The pictures are all embedded from Twitter. The station itself is one of my favourites and I shall be writing about its aesthetics later. Let’s drink to the continued success of St. Pancras International!

I have known the station since the days when London’s trolley buses still trundled past. It, along with King’s Cross, has been quite a part of my life as I have described elsewhere. The photos showing the station’s frontage in the early 1970s is practically as I remember it, very dark and dirty. King’s Cross was too but had more life to it, and so did the new Euston, thus St. Pancras was the odd out station along this short half mile stretch of Euston Road. Cecil Osborne said of St. Pancras, that it was ‘sixteen years younger, trying to look five centuries older’ than King’s Cross.

Now its the other way round! Despite modernisation and a new innovative design of roof, King’s Cross simply doesn’t compare with St. Pancras. Like many I treat the former as a walk through space I rarely dwell in, whereas St. Pancras is one I enjoy as a space to relax, enjoy, there is always something going on. It’s a huge difference.

There will be updates through today if new images related to the 150th anniversary show up. A further post will be published mainly covering the non railway side of the station.

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1865 design for a different hotel by Owen Jones to complement the Barlow train shed. Source: Twitter

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The architectural plans for George Gilbert Scott’s famous hotel 1866. Source: Twitter

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The station under construction c1867. Source: Twitter

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Under construction in 1867. Source: Twitter

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Construction during 1867. Source: Twitter

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The Barlow shed. Spring 1868. Source: Twitter

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The west side of the station platforms under construction 1868. Source: Twitter

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Rare view from Barlow Roof of the station under construction during 1868. Source: Twitter

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View of the partially completed station in 1868 from what is now Midland Road. Source: Twitter

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View of the partially completed station in 1868 as seen from Euston Road. Source: Twitter

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Notice of opening Leeds Times September 1968. Source: Twitter

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St. Pancras probably 1870s. Pic depicts a horse tram – a novelty at the time. Source: Twitter There were proposals for trams here however see Google Books

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St. Pancras probably 1880s. Source: Twitter

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Plan of St. Pancras station and Somerstown Goods depot 1892. Source. Twitter

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French actress Sarah Bernhardt and her entourage. St. Pancras 1894. Source: Twitter

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A foggy St. Pancras, 1907. Source: Twitter

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The famous London Tilbury & Southend Railway loco Thundersley. Decorated for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary June 1911. Source: Twitter

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Horse drawn wagon and milk float on platform at St. Pancras, 1912. Source: Twitter

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Electric trucks being recharged at the Goods Depot in 1917. Source: Twitter

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After the Big Four grouping, 1925 or later. Source: Twitter

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Somers Town Goods Depot in 1927. The British Library now stands here. Source: Twitter

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St Pancras Signals 1930 by East End artist E H Hawthorne. Source: Twitter

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The station did not escape WWII. Bomb damage in 1941. Source: Twitter

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Vermin control experts in St Pancras Goods Yard with their dogs and some rats that have been caught. 1953. Source: Twitter

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St. Pancras 1957 with a BR Standard Class 5. Source: Twitter

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The first ever DMU to St. Pancras. Some queried whether the leading coach was a WR Class 121 single car dmu, others insisted it was a 127. Source: Twitter

Tim Lidbetter (see comments) explains that the Class 127s and the Class 121s do look very similar.

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Trolley bus at King’s Cross St. Pancras 1960. I remember these quite well! Source: Twitter

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The famous Midland Pullman to Manchester (via the old route through Matlock) seen on poster at Euston ghost tube station. Source: Twitter

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Jump jet at St. Pancras 1969. Source: Twitter

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St. Pancras 1971. Source: Twitter

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St. Pancras 1973. Source: Twitter

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45105 at St. Pancras 1986. Source was from Twitter (Note this Twitter account has now been made private. However here’s a screencap of the tweet when it was public.)

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Power car 43057 at the front of the the 1600 Nottingham train 30 March 1988. Source: Twitter

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Midlands HST at the station in 2003. Source: Twitter

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45112 on last loco hauled train to St Pancras 8 April 2004. Source: Twitter

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45112 on last loco hauled train from St Pancras 8 April 2004. Source: Twitter

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HST line up 2004. Source: Twitter

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Class 170 on a Midland service. Probably 2005-06. Source: Twitter

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Deutsche Bundesbahn’s ICE 3 at St. Pancras 19th October 2010. Source: Twitter

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Rear of the ICE 3 at St. Pancras 19th October 2010. Source: Twitter

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The visit of a Post Restante TGV in 2012. Source: Twitter

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Three sets of the classic Eurostars! Only a few sets remain in service. Source: Twitter

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Lego model of the station, 2015. Source: Twitter

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St. Pancras International specially decked out for Euro Football 2016.  Source: Twitter

Continued in Part Two.

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One Response to “St Pancras at 150

  • Tim Lidbetter
    11 months ago

    That DMU could be a WR Single car as some have apparently suggested, but it is more likely to be one of Cricklewood’s Class 127s (or 115s) which worked the Midland Main Line local services throughout the diesel era. They do look very similar

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