Railway arch, public footpath, Cayton Sports Ground

I tend to think of this as the portal to neighbouring Perivale (some might argue that Perivale is actually part of Greenford but residents of Perivale know better). You’ll find tunnels and arches like this all over suburbia, wherever rail lines work their way between houses and over roads. This embankment carries the First Great Western service between Greenford and Paddington. It was completed in 1947/48 when the Central Line was extended from North Acton and I’ve been told that much of the labour was provided by Italian prisoners of war held at Northolt. I love these plain sturdy tunnels with their handsome brickwork that has mellowed with time but they become sinister places at night and are generally avoided after dark.

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