East Coast Project

Throughout the summer, I traveled between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, photographing both stations and trains across the route. This projected noted some interesting changes in both station infrastructure, the railway in general and the quality of other services the further north I traveled.

London King’s Cross, the southern terminus of the East Coast Route.

I started my Journey in London King’s Cross, and worked my way northbound. The above photograph was taken in Kings Cross station, overlooking the new station roof. From here I boarded a LNER service heading north.

Cross Country 170522 seen at Peterborough, with a busy scene of tourists waiting to board a service to Stansted Airport

The next stop on my journey was Peterborough, a busy station with regular LNER trains to the capital. Here I photographed a busy commuter train loading passengers.

This is Grantham with a view looking southbound.

Grantham was my next stop, once again on an LNER service. This photograph shows a southbound view from the southern end its platform. Trains run through this station at around 100mph.

My next stop was Newark Northgate, here looking northbound.

I arrived at my next station stop on the train that can be seen in the distance, a 1970’s designed ‘Intercity 125’ set. This photograph, taken from platform 1 looking northbound shows commuters waiting for a service to Edinburgh, which will be our final destination.

Doncaster, one of the busiest stations on the East Coast route.

Doncaster is a regional hub on the East Coast route, and the point in which around half of all LNER trains leave the mainline here in order to head off to Leeds. Doncaster is home to the works, which can be seen to the left of this image. Local services can also be seen in this image, for Leeds and Hull respectively.

The next stop on our East Coast route is York

York is affectionally known as the epicentre of the nations railway, being the home of the National Railway Museum and the ROC. LNER is changing, with its current fleet of trains being replaced by the ‘AZUMA”. One of the new trains can be seen here in York, alongside its predecessor.

Darlington is our next stop, looking north on platform 3

We eventually reach Darlington, where a stop is made for a hot chocolate at the cafe on the station. The photograph above shows an LNER service (albeit still carrying its predecessors branding) leaving the station towards Newcastle, a stop further along the route.

In the North East, Durham is a small two platform station, with regular services towards Newcastle, as well as strong connectivity to other UK destinations.

Durham station was my next call, the photo above taken looking south shows another operator on the East Coast line, Transpennine Express, with a service to Manchester and Leeds.

Newcastle station, in the heart of the north, is a key regional hub for LNER and connecting station onto other local services.

I spent time in Newcastle next, and took this simple image of a departure board. despite its simplicity I feel it to be effective and that it captures the mood of the station well.

Edinburgh Waverley, where east meets west and the northern terminus for most LNER services.

Edinburgh was my final stop on this trip, and the final stop for many other LNER passengers. At Edinburgh, Virgin Trains also operate a service to their London terminal, which is Euston, just down the road from King’s Cross.

This project, which was for my Level 3 BTEC course has been enjoyable to work on, was loosely inspired by that of Paul Graham’s A1 work. The traveling aspect of this project made it further enjoyable and it is certainly something I would look to re-create in a future project. Thanks for reading, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this and my other content.