The Anonymous Widower

East Of Wathamstow Queen’s Road Station – 16th November 2016

Don’t knock it, but the sun ruined some of these pictures.


  • I’m only one metre seventy, so taking pictures over a high bridge parapet iis not easy.
  • Shrubland, Albert and Queen’s Roads are respectively Bridges 68. 69 and 70.
  • From Bridge 70, you can get good views of the slab track.
  • East of Bridge 70, there is extensive piling, that probably stabilises the cutting.
  • East of Queen’s Road station, there was little evidence of overhead gantries.
  • There appeared to be work going on at the Eastern end of the slab track, where the viaduct starts.

It looks to me, that there is still a lot of work to do and the planned reopening as a diesel-powered railway in February, that I wrote about in The Gospel Oak To Barking Line Is Planned To Reopen On February 6th 2017, must be in doubt.

Unless of course, all that the closure is intended to do, is get the track, bridges and viaducts, in tip-top condition for the actual electrification.

A little bird told me, that the work around Bridge 70 at Queen’s Road was particularly challenging, but there was very little evidence of work still being carried out. As the pictures show, there is slab track and lots of piling. The slab track is from Rhomberg and will hopefully last for  sixty years (Modern Railways – August 2016)

It should be that the design of slab track used, is one that facilitates easy repairs if anything goes wrong.

November 17, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | ,

1 Comment »

  1. It was me you saw. The anorak with a camera…


    I live there.

    Comment by Russ Hurley | November 23, 2016 | Reply

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