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Waterloo Station


Waterloo Station, 1902
Public DomainWaterloo Station, 1902

Although most of the book takes place on the river, the expeditions begins in central London with a train journey from Waterloo station to Kingston-upon-Thames.


Waterloo station was opened in 1848. It was intended to be a through station, with a line into the City of London. Over the next few decades, more buildings and platforms were added haphazardly, so that by the time of Three Men in a Boat, it was the butt of jokes and was considered to be the most perplexing railway station in London – so much so that from 1900 the whole lot was pulled down and a new station constructed (which itself was badly damaged in World War 2).