I had an unfulfilled mission in Mexico City – to jump on my mountain bike and ride the Ciclopista from Chapultepec Park in the centre of Mexico City all the way to Cuernavaca. It’s built on a disused rail line, one of many rail lines than long ago stopped serving trains in Mexico. We have plenty of disused rail lines in the UK too. Thousands upon thousand of miles of them. Thank you Dr Beeching.
Many of the old lines have been either developed on or swallowed up by undergrowth. But some have been transformed into nature walks. You’ll see plenty of signs of Britain’s railway history all over the country, although some might not seem obvious at first glance. But if the pub you just went to looks a bit like a done-over train station, it probably is. Industrial strength iron bridges across large streams or small rivers in the middle of nowhere. Strange tunnels to nowhere.
There are more obvious signs. Like the abandoned platform at Ashley Heath. The old station sign is still there. And while one end of the platform has crumbled away, the rest is remarkably intact. There’s no station building to be seen. Maybe there never was one. I did hunt around the internet to see what’s left of the history of Ashley Heath station. I did find a photo of an old ticket and a photo of a level crossing. And Wikipedia didn’t let me done. Here’s a few photos I took.