The Anonymous Widower

GOBLIN Electrification On Track For January 2018 Completion

The title of this post is the same as an article on Rail Technology Magazine.

This is said.

Network Rail has this week confirmed that the GOBLIN electrification project is expected to be completed in January 2018 ahead of new trains arriving in spring.

About time too!

In An Open Letter To All Those Along The Gospel Oak To Barking Line, I called for an alternative approach. Seeing what might happen in Aukland, that I wrote about in Auckland Mulls Battery-Electric Train Order,

I do wonder if there would have been a better way. This article in Rail Magazine, which is entitled Flex… and flexibility and consists of an interview with Helen Simpson and Mark Isbern of Porterbrook. It gives lots of clues to the thinking behind the Class 319 Fklex train.

July 28, 2017 - Posted by | Energy Storage, Transport | ,


  1. I was at Gospel Oak yesterday and had a good look at the bay used by the Gob trains. A two-car 378 was in there and it struck me that a four-car unit is longer than the platform. Even if one pulled right up to to stop block it looks like it would foul the trap points. I am sure TFL in their wisdom have taken this into account but It’s going to be a damn tight fit. The track panels in the bay need replacing, the timber sleepers are rotten.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. Modern Railways have said that the four-car Aventras will have a car length of twenty metres, like the Class 378 trains on the North London Line. The current Class 172 SMUs have twenty-three metre long cars.

    Comment by AnonW | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  3. They’ve got full possession for a few weeks, let’s hope they can string the centenary up and get the 25kv on ready for next year.

    Comment by mauricegreed | September 20, 2017 | Reply

    • Hopefully!

      Comment by AnonW | September 20, 2017 | Reply

  4. Went past Vernon Rd & Selbourne and lo and behold there were some men on cherry-pickers working on the insulator supports. They have two weeks to get the job done – I can see the line re-opening on the 22nd Oct with gaps in the centenary and needing weekend closures to get it finished. Haven’t had a chance to see other locations yet.

    Comment by mauricegreed | October 10, 2017 | Reply

    • Thanks for that!

      Comment by AnonW | October 10, 2017 | Reply

  5. Just took a look at the Railway Technology Magazine and found an article on the Goblin electrification. Apparently another closure is planned for 27 Nov until 14 Jan, about 8 weeks.

    Comment by mauricegreed | October 10, 2017 | Reply

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