Brimsdown railway station

Brimsdown National Rail
Location of Brimsdown in Greater London
Location Brimsdown
Local authority London Borough of Enfield
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Owner Network Rail
Station code BMD
DfT category E
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 5
National Rail annual entry and exit
2010–11 Increase 0.466 million[2]
2011–12 Increase 0.508 million[2]
2012–13 Increase 0.599 million[2]
2013–14 Increase 0.658 million[2]
2014–15 Increase 0.764 million[2]
Key dates
1884 Opened
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WGS84 51°39′20″N 0°01′51″W / 51.6556°N 0.0308°W / 51.6556; -0.0308Coordinates: 51°39′20″N 0°01′51″W / 51.6556°N 0.0308°W / 51.6556; -0.0308
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The station in 1961

Brimsdown railway station is in the London Borough of Enfield in north east London. The station is in Travelcard Zone 5, on the Tottenham Hale branch of the Lea Valley Lines, 17 km (10¾ miles) north of London Liverpool Street. The station, and all trains serving it, is operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.

grid reference TQ363970

In 1951, Brimsdown railway station was used as the set for part of the Alexander Mackendrick film The Man in the White Suit, starring Alec Guinness (the station where Sidney Stratton tries to buy a ticket near the end of the film).[3]


The railway line from Stratford to Broxbourne was opened by the Northern & Eastern Railway on 15 September 1840. The station itself (which was going to be named Green Street) was financed by a local landowner and developer and built by builder W Bangs & Co. The station opened on 1 October 1884 and services were operated by the Great Eastern Railway.[4]

A signal box built by Mckenzie and Holland was provided with 15 levers to operate points and signals and this was enlarged in 1899 to have 32 levers. In 1928 it was recorded as having a 42 lever frame so further expansion had clearly taken place in the intervening years.

Some goods sidings were located on the up side and a short branch to the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock joined these from the east. There was also a siding to a power station.[5]

In 1923 Brimsdown station was taken over and operated by the London & North Eastern Railwayas a result of the grouping of the UK's railways into four major companies.

The station was bombed on 22 July 1944 and the signal box destroyed.[6]

Following nationalisation of the railways in January 1948 Brimsdown became part of Eastern Region of British Railways.

The lines through Brimsdown were electrified on 5 May 1969.[7]

Since 1990

Track and signals

In 1994 management of the nationally owned track and signals passed here as with most of the UK to Railtrack succeeded by Network Rail in 2004.

In August 2002 signalling control for the relevant section of track was transferred to the Liverpool Street Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC).[8]

Operation of passenger services

On the privatisation of the UK's railways in 1994 operation of the station was allocated to a business unit before being taken over by West Anglia Great Northern (WAGN) in January 1997 at the time owned by Prism Rail. National Express acquired the franchise holder in July 2000.

The WAGN franchise was replaced in 2003 by the One franchise later renamed National Express East Anglia.

Oyster Card Readers came into use on 2 January 2010.[9]

In February 2012 operation of the station changed once again with Abellio Greater Anglia taking over the franchise.


There is a half-hourly service southbound to London Liverpool Street via Hackney Downs and two trains per hour northbound to Hertford East. Sundays there is an hourly service towards Liverpool Street via Hackney Downs and to Hertford East.

Crossrail 2

The 2015 Crossrail 2 public consultation suggested Brimsdown may in the future, be served by trains on this route.[10]


London Buses routes 191, 307 and 491 serve the station.


  1. "London and South East" (PDF). National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. September 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 March 2009.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
  3. Internet Movie Database locations Retrieved 7 July 2009
  4. Brown, Joe, London Railway Atlas, page 5, Ian Allan Publishing, 2006
  5. King, John (July 2008). "A train spotter's tale". Great Eastern Journal. Vol. 135. Great Eastern Railway Society. pp. 5,9.
  6. Farrant, Roger (July 1985). "Front page and caption". Great Eastern Journal. Vol. 45. Great Eastern Railway Society. pp. 1,2.
  7. White, H.P., A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume 3 Greater London, David & Charles, 1987
  8. Great Eastern Railway Society Journal volume 135 page 14 Chris Cook(photo caption) July 2008
  10. "Citizen Space - Crossrail 2 - October 2015". Retrieved 22 November 2015.
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