The Anonymous Widower

Between Walthamstow Queen’s Road And Leyton Midland Road Stations

These pictures show the Gospel Oak and Barking Line (GOBlin) between Walthamstow Queen’s Road and Leyton Midland Road stations.

This part of the route isn’t as interesting as the section I covered in The Bridges Of Walthamstow.


  • In my peek at Walthamstow Queen’s Road station, nothing much seemed to have happened at the station.
  • The track in the Gospel Oak direction appears to have been removed and track replacement seemed to be happening in the region of the Baker’s Arms Bridge.
  • The cutting is well-buttressed between the Shrubland Road Bridge and the relatively-new Alobert Road Bridge
  • You can see pairs of piles for electrification gantries east of Queen’s Road Bridge.
  • The embankment that carries the line through North East London appears to start around the Boundary Road Bridge.
  • The railway arches don’t seem to be in the worst of conditions, even if they do have a touch of the Arthur Daley’s.

What I find strange about this line is the lack of a station at Bakers Arms. It’s not that there ever was one, but as the line crosses the major Lea Bridge Road and on this line, that is usually a good enough reason for a station, I’m surprised the Victorians didn’t build one.

The Barking Gospel Oak Rail User Group suggest one in this page on their web site.

There may be a lot of reasons to build a station at Bakers Arms.

  • It is near to several new hotels and housing developments.
  • It is better positioned than the two adjoining stations.
  • It is well served by lots of buses.
  • It is on a busy main road.

But contrary to that.

  • The buses can take you to the better connected stations of Walthamstow Central and Lea Bridge, in under fifteen minutes.
  • It might be a difficult site on which to build a station.
  • Reopening the Hall Fsrm Curve may be a better option.

It should probably have been built, when one of the adjoining developments was constructed.

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 7 Comments