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urban exploration: croxley green to watford


entrance to croxley green: gec z9554s
The roundabout outside the disused Croxley Green station was lit with old deep-bowled GEC Z9554 lanterns. These lanterns are still quite common in some parts of London.





steps to croxley green: philips sgs 203s
The steps leading to the station platform was lit by these Philips SGS 203 lanterns. This was one of British Rail's staple lanterns of choice for lighting such areas.





croxley green platform: urbis zx2s
The track and the platform (the latter having long gone) were lit by Urbis ZX2s.





croxley green station: fluorescent lantern
Amazingly one of the old fluorescents had survived the relighting of the station. Old photographs show these lanterns still in-situ: one can be seen here and could actually be the same lantern. (It's even in the right location).





croxley green station: fluorescent lantern (close-up)
I didn't go nearer for fear of (a) falling down the embankment and (b) attracting even more attention after our laborious climb up. However I wish I'd taken a closer look as it would've helped identification. The bowl has long gone but the over-reflector (now rusted) and gear tray remain.





watford west: philips sgs 203s
Watford West station and steps were also lit by Philips SGS 203s.





watford stadium: unknown lanterns
The last disused station on the track was Watford Stadium. It was lit by a row of unidentified lanterns. "Those lanterns at Watford Stadium appear to be old style Philips ME70s (SGS201s)." - SotonSteve





watford lighting
The lighting around Watford itself was interesting and hadnít been swept away by the loathsome PFIs which have decimated the lighting of other London boroughs.

Much of a 1950-1960s installation remained. The columns were mostly concrete, manufactured by Concrete Utilities. The lanterns were supplied by Phosware and the GEC: Phosware P127 (SO140S) lanterns could still be found on some main roads, whilst Phosware P157 lanterns with deep bowls were common on the major side roads. (The original lighting engineer anticipated the new lighting groups of CP1004:1963 by creating his own "Sub Group A" or "Super Group B" for major side routes. He also graded the lighting levels by installing 90W SOX lanterns mounted at six meters as the first lanterns of minor side roads).

The Group-B roads were still lit by a sizeable installation of GEC Z5640s on concrete columns. I didnít see any day-burners so I donít know what bulb they took.

The picture shows one of the deep bowl Phosware P157s with an indignant sign attached to its column: "This lamp has been out for 3 months."