"Through Amersham to Aylesbury and the Vale,
In those wet fields the railway didn't pay.
The Metro stops at Amersham today."
Metro-land J Betjeman
The name "Metro-land" was created in 1915 by the publicity department of the Metropolitan Railway. "Metro-Land" became the name of the annual publication of the railway's booklet which described the area the railways served through north west London, into Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The Railway set up a separate company to develop housing and shops along the Metropolitan's line. Much of the area was extensively developed between the World Wars and created a distinctive atmosphere. The poet John Betjeman was taken by the area including it in poetry and made a special programme for the BBC in 1973 called "Metro-land". Amersham was at the edge of the development, but it owes much of its 20th century growth to Metro-land.
From this page you can go to -
Memories of Amersham Station starting from the 1930s
Around Amersham Station from the 1970s - including Chalfont & Chesham
Steam on the Met - Amersham
Inside Amersham Signal Cabin
Main Line Locomotive Return To Amersham
Engineering Works August 2006
Sarah Siddons Returns To Service
Unusual Trains at Amersham
Electrification to Amersham
1975 Train Service Pattern
Metropolitan Line Station Distances
Extracts from Old Met and GC / L.N.E.R / BR Timetables
Around Amersham in the Early 1980s
The Chesham Flyer / Chesham Shuttle
Details of Books Covering Railways in the Amersham Area
Details of some Videos / DVDs Covering Railways in the Amersham Area
Amersham Foot Crossing of Underground Track
100 Year Celebration GC and GWR Joint Line
News, Views & Information
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