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I have recently started building a model of Lordship Lane station on the Crystal Palace branch (as a compliment to our club's Crystal Palace High Level station). but I'm still having trouble finding information about the station. Any information. especially on the shelter on the up line would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Can I assume that you have seen the photos in the Disused Stations website? There are several photos there, although none with enough detail to be useful for modelling purposes. If the Southwark Local History Library was open I would have suggested that you look in their photo archive. I worked there briefly in 2007 and seem to remember there were some railway related photos. None of my Southwark books seems to have any photos of the station.

Best wishes for your project.

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I take it you've got the book on the line, by John Gale, from Lightmoor Press.  The shelter was a bit camera shy, and it seems to have been an early victim of the downturn in traffic. I am no expert, but it also appears to have been altered at some stage.  The Pissarro painting and early photos seem to suggest a ridged roof, whereas later views show a building similar to others along the line, such as Lower Sydenham, with a different roof profile, although it may be that the rebuilt canopy, much deeper than originally, might be hiding the roof.

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Thanks Phil, 4901 and Nick for your replies. I was a regular visitor at the John Harvard library in the Borough until lockdown and also the Lewisham local studies as the area is borderline. I have a lot of photos of the station, many from Lens of Sutton and Dick Riley, but as Nick says, the shelter was rather camera shy. I have been on the Disused Stations website and personally  emailed Nick Catford on a number of occasions, but sadly, to date, no reply. I do have a number of books on the High Level branch and was privileged to proof read John Gale's book (along with our club secretary, Ray Blanchard, our names are in the credits) as well as supplying a couple of photos. The station was bombed in 1944 and the upline shelter was replaced with a corrugated iron one, also, the station had one of the gables destroyed and the remaining roof was replaced by corrugated iron too. I want to get it right because you know what happens, you take the layout to an exhibition and some smart Alec comes along and says "Oi that's not right!".

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