Euston station from 1831

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London & Birmingham directors make proposal for London Terminus

1831

Proposal accepted

1833

May 6th - Terminus to be at Chalk Farm at this point

Work begins at Euston Station

1835

Government passes an act to allow the terminus to be extended from Chalk Farm to Euston

Euston Station opens

1837

Designed by architect Philip Hardwick.
Structural Eng; Charles Fox
Engineering contractor; William Cubitt
1st EVER mainline terminus station in a capital
1839 - Doric Arch is erected (Hardwick)

1st major expansion

1846

1849 - Great Hall is opened, designed by Philip Hardwick Jnr

Railway companies amalgamate

1846

Euston is made HQ of 'The London & North Western Railway company'
New office block built between the Arch and platforms

Further expansion

1850 - 1870

By 1870, the station covered 10 acres

From 9 to 11 platforms

1870

Passenger and parcel traffic had once more outgrown the capacity of the station; two new platforms, additional service roads and an additional entrance were created

Terminus enlarged for final time

1890

Four more platforms created.
Total of 15; 14 for passengers and 1 for parcels