Published on : Thursday, June 1, 2017
Leeds railway station is among the busiest stations in the country and a crucial hub of the national railway network of England. The modern station of this region had been created on arches spanning River Aire.
However, what remains unknown is the fact that the remnants of a much old station are concealed underneath the new platforms of Leeds.
The Wellington site had been opened permanently in the year 1850. On the other hand, the New Station was built in 1869. There was also a third site known as Central Station that is based on Wellington Street.
Both these stations were fused in the year 1938 to create Leeds City Station.
And, Central continued to be separate until the 1960’s, when it was shut down and demolished. Then, Wellington was largely utilized for transporting goods traffic.
During the era of the 1960’s, it began to be known as ‘City North’.
The original platforms, offices and tunnels continue to be uniquely intact. They are based about 80 yards below the surface of the modern station. Network Rail manages it. The vaults of this old station were built at different times.
At a certain point of time, the tunnels were used as storerooms for regional manufacturers.
In 1892, a fire had broken out in the tunnel that was used to store the raw materials utilized to manufacture soap. The blaze was quite fierce and resulted on the supports beneath the platforms to collapse.
The wagons caught fire and had been shunted inside the crater to check the fire from devouring the rest of the place.
A few of the rooms that were also used for mail storage were in utility till the 1990’s. But then, they were abandoned later when the station underwent remodeling and the stairways replaced the subways in 2002.
Once upon a time, this station had ac accounts department, showers, toilets and also a postroom. There used to be an area for the staff to clock in.