While John Christopher (1922-2012) was born as Sam Youd, he chose to write his science fiction books under multiple pseudonyms. Well known for his young adult book The Guardians, he won numerous awards for his work. He also wrote The Tripods, which is a series of young adult books that imagine a post-apocalyptic world.
Euston Stationby John Christopher
In the 1840s the
Built as the London terminus of the London & Birmingham Railway in July 1837, Euston was London’s first intercity railway station. Originally designed by Philip Hardwick with just two platforms under a wrought iron roof, the entrance to the station was through the world’s largest Doric propylaeum, which became known as the Euston Arch.
In the 1840s the station was expanded greatly and it was taken over by the London & North Western Railway. By 1923, ownership was under the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, and express trains left Euston regularly for Wales, Scotland and the major cities of England, including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. In 1961-2, the original station was demolished, to a huge outcry, and a new modernist station built in its place.
In 2007, it was announced that the station would be rebuilt once more, with an increase from 18 to 21 platforms but these plans fell by the wayside and in 2011 a new plan was announced to redevelop the existing station.
Euston is one of London’s busiest stations, and may eventually be the terminus of the HS2 line. John Christopher takes us on a journey through time, telling the story of Euston from 1837 to the present day.
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