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The façade or portico of Curzon Street Railway Station as it looked in 1962. Opened in 1838, the splendid façade, is adorned with four magnificent Ionic columns. The designer of the building, Philip Hardwick, was apparently inspired by Roman architecture following a trip to Italy twenty years earlier. The buildings, of which this was the front, contained the boardroom of the directors; the secretary's offices; the offices of the financial and correspondence departments, and a refreshment saloon. To the left of this building, while looking from the front, was the entrance to the booking offices.
Train services from this railway station to London were initially interupted at Rugby due to delays of the Kilsby Tunnel in Northamptonshire. For several months passengers had to transfer to stage-coaches which conveyed them to a purpose-built station at Denbigh Hall. The fares for the first-class coaches, which were reported to be "fitted up in a style of inconceivable luxury", were set at 30 shillings. The fares by the second class carriages were 20 shillings. The second class coaches were roofed, but were open at the sides, and had uncovered wooden seats.
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