The Secret Corners And Peculiar Nicknames Of Victoria Station | Londonist. Watery past. Looking south-west along the tracks, the rail lines follow the route of the old Grosvenor Canal. The station itself was built on the site of a large body of water, known as the Grosvenor Basin. Next time you’re waiting on the concourse, consider that in early Victorian times the space would have thronged with barges rather than trains.