The Anonymous Widower

‘Mammoth Task’ Completed As Overground Line Reopens

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Railnews.

The article tells the story of one of the worst rail cock-ups of recent years.

A rogue wagon on a freight train ripped up four kilometres of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line on the night of the 23rd of January.

And it was only yesterday, that the line fully reopened.

This is the last sentence of the article.

The cost of the repairs and resulting disruption has not been revealed.

Effectively, four kilometres of new railway don’t come cheap!

February 20, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. When i was in track renewals we could easily relay 1000m in a 52hr weekend although that was in an open environment. However, up on a viaduct 500m was more realistic and that included 6hrs to get the line fit for traffic so it should have been done in less than two weeks. Maybe they couldn’t work nights and also they havent pulled other weekend works so effectively constrained themselves pitty the Goblin users

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | February 21, 2020 | Reply

    • It was all brand new slab track, which I seem to remember came from Austria. There was also a lot of custom timbers.

      Comment by AnonW | February 21, 2020 | Reply

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