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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 3 (June 1, 1936)

Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station.

One of the most interesting passenger stations in the world is undoubtedly the Liverpool Street Station of the L. & N. E. R. in London. This immense station in a normal day deals with 1,260 trains, conveying nearly 230,000 passengers; while 10,000 bags of postal mails also are handled.

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London-Cambridge Express (L. and N.E. Railway) hauled by “Atlantic” Locomotives.

London-Cambridge Express (L. and N.E. Railway) hauled by “Atlantic” Locomotives.

Liverpool Street lies to the east of the City, and is in charge of a stationmaster, assisted by two deputy stationmasters, covering the period 7.0 a.m. to 11.0 p.m. Next come seven inspectors, fourteen station foremen, and a total personnel of 395, this figure including 63 ticket collectors and 90 porters. Main-line services in and out of Liverpool Street connect the metropolis with all parts of East Anglia, and an important service is that linking London with Harwich in connection with the L. & N. E. steamship route to the continent. In addition, the terminus handles the most intensive steam-operated suburban train service in the world.

Apart from the usual underground railway connections, there is an important link at Liverpool Street between the main-line railway and that interesting transportation undertaking—the Post Office Tube Railway —which runs east and west beneath the capital. Exchange of traffic is effected by spiral chutes and a conveyor belt 502 feet long. Over the Tube, no fewer than 920 cars of mails pass daily to and from Liverpool Street. The cars, of course, are somewhat smaller than the standard railway carriage.