This month’s historical photo is of a Henry Appleby engine laying the railway track at Amersham Station.
It was taken on October 3, 1891, a year before the railway opened.
The first train service to Amersham arrived on September 1, 1892, at 11.36am, having departed Baker Street at 10.47am.
Amersham Station opened as part of the Metropolitan Railway from Chalfont Road to Aylesbury. The first-ever journey had important passengers on board, who were invited to a celebratory lunch in Aylesbury.
The station was situated more than 2,500 feet from the existing town, in a secluded position on the hill.
The plans to build the railway station were opposed by Tyrwhitt-Drakes, the town’s main landowner, as they were worried it would spoil the view from their seat at the Shardeloes, the 18th century country house in Amersham.
In the end, they gave in, but only approved the station to be on the hill.
Do you have any historical photographs of Amersham? If so, send them to us via email at email@example.com and they could feature in a future edition of the magazine.