The other side of the tracks

Other side of the tracks, originally uploaded by jjn1.

For over 150 years, Cambridge railway station was basically just one long platform (the third longest through-platform in England, according to Wikipedia). But it recently acquired a second platform, together with a bridge to access it. My train from London today stopped at the new platform.

When it first appeared in 1845 the station was way out in the countryside — the result of campaigning by the University to keep it away from the city centre, on the grounds that it would bring in ambitious whores from London, and/or enable students to visit same in the metropolis. Sadly, the station no longer serves such agreeable purposes and is now just a terminus for jaded commuters and academics like me going to and from meetings in London.