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Historic Cartouches restored

Two giant iron plates bearing the insignia of the London, Dover and Chatham Railway are being re-assembled at Blackfriars station in London.

The rebuilt station will span the River Thames accommodating longer trains and more of them on the Bedford – Brighton cross-London Thameslink route.

The plates, called cartouches, were removed last year to allow for the construction of a new southern entrance to Blackfriars.

Says Laurence Whitbourn, Network Rail project director, ‘At Blackfriars we’re building a contemporary station designed to provide a better train service for growing numbers of passengers. But we’re not forgetting the station’s heritage.

‘It’s great to see the historic cartouches restored to their former glory and back in place. They’re a testament to the Victorian engineering that has stood Blackfriars in good stead for the past 120 years.’

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