In 1833, Robert Stephenson was appointed by the London and Birmingham Railway Company to oversee the construction of the first railway line into London.This line ran from Curzon Street Station in Birmingham to Euston Station, a distance of about 112 miles and took 20,000 men five years to construct at a cost of £5.5 million. Stephenson's original plan was to construct the railway through north London, terminating at the site of the present King's Cross station, but he encountered so much opposition from landowners that he had to build the line through Tring, Watford and Harrow, to its site at Euston. The station opened on 20 July 1837. The entrance to the Station was marked by an imposing Doric arch which was demolished in 1962 when the station was modernised. At first the station had only two platforms, one for arrivals and one for departures, but in 1846, and again in 1873 and 1892 the station was extended, and in 1916 a new booking hall was opened.

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