melton wrote:That map is interesting. Most of us are aware of the London Necropolis railway station outside Waterloo, but I didn’t realize that the GN had something of the same. I presume that the Great Northern cemetery station served the same purpose
"I never knew where the GN London terminus was until now, either. Presumably the cemetery used must have been close by Cemetery Box, north of New Southgate, which lasted until the 1970s modernisation scheme. .... ".
The KX Cemetery station at Belle Isle (as we now know it), if I recall reading, was not succesful, never running many trains, lasting for only a few years, and with few trains during some of those.
By the time the GN came to widening from double track on the east side, the service had ceased, and the 'platform' track(s?) along the west side of the main building, and their roofing (I think there was), were demolished for the cutting bank to be cut back and the present retaining wall built.
The main cemetery station building though (as some on here may recall) lasted a very long time, casting its morning shadow over the line until the mid 1950s-early 60s; perhaps only being demolished when the cement depot (no rail connection) was constructed on the site.
At the 'country' end, the Cemetery station was pretty much on the site of the current factory on the up side of the main line about 1 mile N. of New Southgate, until not so long ago the premises of Standard Telephones & Cables, which retained its rail platform until about 1970 [ground frame access off the Up Reception line (released by Annetts Key from the Up Goods-Up Rec. points lever in Cemetery box) ].
If you can access a copy, to me, the definitive history of the GNR's London funeral trains service and its buildings, can be found in :
"The end of the line : the story of the railway service to the Great Northern London Cemetery" ; by Rev. Martin C. Dawes
Pub.: Barnet & District Local History Society 2003