The Anonymous Widower

A Tough Way To Spend Easter

Hackney Wick station is being rebuilt.

It is not an easy job, as the rail line is on a viaduct six metres above ground level.

In addition to being a major line of the the London Overground, the North London Line is also an important freight route.

The picture was taken from the ramp that leads up to the station, which is high on the left.

To complicate matters on top of the station was a concrete footbridge.

This was demolished a month or so ago.

To make the creation of the subway through the embankment, even more challenging, they are building the subway to the North of the embankment.

And over Easter, they will do the tricky bit.

Starting on Friday, the 14th April, they will execute this sequence of operations.

  • Remove the track through Hackney Wick.
  • Dig a massive gap in the embankment and dig down to the stable gravel level.
  • lightweight polystyrene blocs will even be used to  replace a proportion of backfill.
  • Push the station subway, which is 12.7 metres wide and 22.5 metres long into the gap.

The job will then be completed by rebuilding the railway on top, ready for the start of services on the Tuesday.

This is the sort of job that needs a web-cam high on a convenient tower block.

Hackney Wick Station – 8th April 2017

These pictures show the station on the Saturday before work starts.

Is the subway going to be turned before it is moved into place?

Call In A Herd If Mammoths – 13th April 2017

These pictures show the subway tunnel being readied for the big push!

I think the last train into Hackney Wick station gets there at three minutes past midnight.

Counting Them All In And Counting Them All Out – 14th April 2017

The embankment is now being removed and I have put up a series of pictures in Counting Them All In And Counting Them All Out.

Here is a picture from the 8th of April and a sample from today for comparison.

It is an impressive operation, with a stream of trucks coming and going.

April 4, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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