"It isn't King's Cross anymore! It's St. Pancras!"
— Gordon, The Eight Famous Engines

St. Pancras (now known as London St. Pancras International) was commissioned by the Midland Railway. Before the 1860s, the company had a network of routes in the Midlands, in south and west Yorkshire, and in Lancashire, but no route of its own to the capital. Up to 1857 the company had no line into London, and used the lines of the London and North Western Railway for trains into the capital; after 1857 the company's Leicester and Hitchin Railway gave access to London via the Great Northern Railway.

In 1862, traffic for the second International Exhibition, suffered extensive delays over the stretch of line into London over the Great Northern Railway's track; the route into London via the London and North Western was also at capacity, with coal trains causing the network at Rugby and elsewhere to reach effective gridlock. This was the stimulus for the Midland to build its own line to London from Bedford.

One day, Gordon, Duck, and a visiting engine were arguing about what the name of the big station at London was. Gordon thought it was King's Cross, while the other engine thought it was Euston. Duck thought it was Paddington since he said he used to work there. So Gordon prove the other engine and Duck that King's Cross is the main station, when The Derailed Engine, who will pulled the express for him, but found out that it was St.Pancras instead.


  • This is the filming location of Walt Disney's movie, 102 Dalmatians, in which, Flying Scotsman hauled "The Orient Express".