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Last train to Blake Hall

This was taken on one of my favourite tube journeys, on a line that would take you from the subterranean bustle of Oxford Circus, rattling through miles of dark tunnels before emerging along the outskirts of Epping Forest and finally terminating in the quiet country village of Ongar.

How the line survived so long is anyone's guess, and it was a weird sensation to be on a rattling tube train looking out over sprawling fields and country meadows.

Halfway between Epping and Ongar there used to be a substantial stone built station surrounded by fields. Romantically named Blake Hall, the station was always deserted even though the old wooden booking hall was still staffed by a seriously under-employed station master.

The line eventually closed a few years ago and I was saddened to see Blake Hall lying derelict during a recent visit. This photo is of a passenger during a winter's journey back to Epping just before the station closed. I wonder how she gets around now...

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