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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Stratford

This is Stratford in the London Borough of Newham, East London. If you visited the 2012 Olympics this is the station you would have used. Holding the Olympics here meant that the travel links were extended to include a link to the International station at St Pancras, overground trains, underground lines (Central and Jubilee) and the DLR. It also has a large shopping Mall attracting large numbers of people to the area.

My reason for visiting this week was to have a look at the Olympic Park which has now reopened to the public. But first let me show you a few photos of the outside of the station.














Looking at the reflections in the glass above the station you can see the many railway lines going into the terminus.






On display just outside the station is this Saddletank locomotive built in 1933 named 'Robert'.



Sharing with James at http://weekendreflection.blogspot.co.uk/


18 comments:

  1. Robert is so cute and would like to see him in my eyes. Thanks for sharing and commenting on my blog.
    Y.

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  2. I am glad London has such a beautiful trainstation left over from the games.

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  3. How can a choo-choo trail look British? But Robert definitely does! :-)

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  4. Particularly loved the 'reflections'

    All the angles and tight edges made beautiful shots

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  5. Hi There, Great post... I have a step-son named Robert --so I'll send him the photo and explanation of the little locomotive.... Neat!!!

    It's nice that the area can now be opened back up for the public to enjoy --following the Olympics. I know that when Knoxville, TN had the World's Fair one year, they were able to use those areas to 'enhance' the city after the fair was over...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. At least it is open for the public now after the Olympics, I have heard that in some cities it was just left empty and closed !

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  7. Locomotive Robert is very interesting and definitely it was renovated.

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  8. is Stratford one of the properties in Monopoly?

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  9. 'Robert' looks terrific. There is a station that has recently been extensively renovated and enlarged, but maybe it wasn't Stratford.

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  10. I guess it made sense to extend the line into St Pancras that way people coming to the UK for the Olympics via Eurostar would not have the bother of getting to another station.
    It must have felt strange visiting the Park after almost 2 years ... I'm sure the ambiance is a little different without the hustle and bustle of your working days there.

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  11. Lovely reflection shots.. and what lovely weather we are having at the moment... real camera weather

    Mollyxxx

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  12. interesting features in the first image. And lots of reflections in the others. :)

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  13. London has changed so much since I lived there! These are great and it's nice to meet Robert!

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  14. Great photos, thanks for the tour.

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  15. It is brilliant that there is life after the Olympics here. Wonderful shots to show there is :).

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