The Anonymous Widower

Is The Gospel Oak To Barking Line Really Back On Track?

This article in the Waltham Forest Echo is entitled Back On Track.

It details progress on the upgrading of the Gospel Oak To Barking Line.

This is a summary of the article.

  • The electrification works will finish by Sunday, the 14th of January.
  • The Class 172 trains will resume service on that day.
  • Testing of the electrification will be ongoing.
  • The bridge at Crouch Hill needs sorting. Probably over Easter.
  • The new Class 710 trains are supposed to be arriving.
  • There will be extra late night services.

I’ll believe it, when I see it!


December 29, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. According to Rail Technology magazine the works are completed and line to fully re-open next week.

    Comment by mauricegreed | January 11, 2018 | Reply

    • Good news!

      Comment by AnonW | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  2. Miracle of miracles, the line re-opened on time.

    Comment by mauricegreed | January 15, 2018 | Reply

  3. I rode it today and the wires look complete from end-to-end.

    The spur to the East Coast Main Line also looks to be complete, but the spur to the Midland Main Line isn’t finished.

    Comment by AnonW | January 15, 2018 | Reply

  4. According to Rail Magazine online, the new class 710 4-car units will be up and running for Spring.

    Comment by mauricegreed | January 22, 2018 | Reply

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