GES214 - Euston Disused CCE&HR Underground Station
The Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR) opened their station in June 1907, next to the mainline Euston rail station. It was built across from the City and South London Railway (C&SLR) station, which opened a month earlier. A deep level passenger tunnel connected the two stations, with a ticket office in-between. The red terra cota glazed tiles give the place away as a Leslie Green building. With an entrance within Euston mainline station as well, it was quickly realised that three entrances weren't needed, and the CCE&HR and C&SLR) stations were closed. The later being demolished, the former used as a sub station and ventilation shaft. Below is an original picture of the station when open.
Now closed, the right hand side entrance leads into a open section filled with various cabinets that make up the sub station. This is the inside, the handle on the right obscures a PER alarm, so didn't go any further.
The entrance on the left hand side leads into the area in the picture below (through red doors), with a ventilation funnel taking up most of the space.
Turning 180 degrees from the above picture, and walking through an opening, brings one into an open vent shaft. It sits in the corner of the building nearest the camera in the black and white picture above.The metal stairs on the left lead into a number of gantries (just visible on the right over the railings), that lead down to the deep level of the station.
The gantries with ladders leading down from the shaft seen above. It's difficult to see, but there's a tunnel leading off to the left below, that offers a glimpse of the Northern Line platforms, and the driver in his cab when a train pulls in.
Looking over at the passageway where the above shot was taken.
Dropping down the ladder in the above shot, and as mentioned above, a short tunnel leads out from the bottom of the vent shaft, and has grills that lead on to the tracks. The tunnel ends on the right where it's dark. The brief colourful elipse, is the colours from the Northern Line platform. When a train stops in the station, looking through the right vent will mean looking into the trains cab of a Southbound train. It's believed that the tunnel was a test bore for a Deep Level Station that was proposed to be built here during WWII.
Walking out of the vent we had a left and right option in the passage. Going right leads to an old stairwell. On the left wall, a grey door leads into another vent shaft, that leads up to the funnel seen at the top of the page.
The back of the grey door mentioned in the above picture. Here is the vent that leads up to the funnel, a bridge leads across to the back side of the passageways. There was a lot of draft in here, and opening the grey door took a lot of strength, due to the pressure differences. When the station was still in use, this was a lift shaft, as was the one we descended from the surface.
With the shaft above on the left of the camera, these are the former lift entrance/exits. The passage leads off towards the lights and then a right angle to the right, which goes down to platform 1 (Northbound).
The filth encrusted subway passage, the steps to the platforms are on the right of the camera, the lift shafts are at the far end. A station identifier sits on the floor.
Steps down to the platform, that the passengers would have originally used. Now a mesh door blocks off the platforms.
Going back to the lift vent, and crossing the bridge, pulling open the grey door, we were back out in the first passageway we came across. We then went to the former stairwell, as seen here. The wall tiling leads up in a spiral pattern, originally there would have been stairs here.
Walking through the lift shaft, one comes to a passageway that leads towards the camera in the pic below.
Turning 90 degrees to the right from the above pic, leads to this hastily walled up area. This would have originally lead to the back entrances to the lifts seen above, and then down to the platforms.
Back by the grey door from earlier, and looking to the way out of the shaft we descended on the right. This passageway leads down to some steep steps. Behind the camera is the emergency stairs shaft.
Looking down to the lower level of the subway. This wouldn't have been a public area. To the right of the camera is a passageway that leads down to the other platform.
The original passenger stairs down to Platform 2 (Southbound). A mesh gate blocks platform access, but looking through the tiny gaps, you can see the platform and passengers.
Looking up the steep stairs to the lifts level.
Turning 180 degrees from the previous shot, A vent at the back looks down on some Victoria Line tracks. The vent in the foreground contains a ladder down to a tunnel.
The tunnel leading to a door at the far end, just out of site. It leads into the live station. Behind the camera was a cheap blue wooden partition.
This shot is looking down the tunnel to the blue wooden partition, behind me is a metal mesh gate. If you look over the blue wooden partition, you see the view above.
The mesh gate mentioned above and disused tunnel are on the left here. The righthand tunnel is the Northbound Bank branch, looking south into Euston Station. Behind the camera the tunnel goes to Camden.
We climbed all the way back up to the lift shaft landing, and made our way out. It's rarely a good idea to talk about access, so I won't here. Needless to say it was rather ballsy, and like a number of recent forays into the Underground, involved being as obvious as possible. Props to GE077 as usual for sharing the risks.