Then and Now: Railway arches
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
c. 1940 A steam train (possibly the 'Golden Arrow') thunders over the railway arches, with an upper quadrant signal indicating that the train will shortly cross over to the London, Chatham and Dover Railway's tracks. Note the elevated signal box. Valentia Road is to the left.
(pic: Lambeth Archives)
Dec 2003 Valentia Road and its dilapidated housing has now completely vanished, while the railway arches still thunder to the roar of a busy train schedule (including Channel Tunnel traffic). The arches remain in use by market traders and are currently being refurbished (sadly, losing some of their individuality in the process).
Click here to see a 1999 montage of the railway arches (200k download)
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