Dudding Hill Line

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The Dudding Hill Line (or Dudding Hill Loop) is a railway line in northwest London running from Acton to Cricklewood. It branches from the North London Line between Acton Central and Willesden Junction stations and heads north then east, terminating at a triangular junction with the Midland Main Line between Cricklewood and Hendon. There are intermediate junctions with the West Coast Main Line at Harlesden and the Chiltern Main Line at Neasden.[1]

The line has no passenger service, no stations, no electrification and is lightly used by freight. It is roughly 4 miles long.


The line was opened in 1875 by the Midland Railway to connect its Cricklewood goods yard to other lines. [2] It had stations at Dudding Hill and Harlesden (also called Harrow Road and Stonebridge Park). [3] From 1878 to 1880 [2] it formed the basis of the Super Outer Circle, which ran from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Cricklewood, Acton and the District Line. [4] It was closed to passenger traffic completely in 1902[2].

The line is also known as the Midland & South Western Joint.[4]


  1. North London Line and Thameside Network Rail
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hendon: Communications British History Online
  3. Willesden: Communications British History Online
  4. 4.0 4.1 Circle Line Clive's Underground Line Guides

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Railway lines in London:
North London:  Dudding Hill Line   Hertford Loop Line   Gospel Oak-Barking Line   North London Line   Northern City Line   Lea Valley Lines  
 St Albans Branch Line   Thameslink   Watford DC Line
East London:  Romford-Upminster Line
South London:  Bexleyheath Line   Bromley North Line   Catford Loop Line   Greenwich Line   Dartford Loop Line
 Hayes Line   Hounslow Loop Line   South London Lines   Tattenham Corner Line   Thameslink
West London:  West London Line
Proposed network: London Overground