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Along The Reopened Gospel Oak To Barking Line

The Gospel Oak to Barking Line reopened after its major upgrade on Monday.

The stations generally need need work  in several areas

  • Gantries – Some overhead gantries have not been erected.
  • Lifts – Some stations need lifts.
  • Platform Extensions – Some stations need platform extensions to be completed
  • Ticket Gates – Ticket gates might need to be installed at some stations.
  • Wires – Wires need to be installed.

These are some pictures I have taken along the line.

Barking

Barking station is more or less complete.

Might need – Lifts, Platform Extensions

Note the unique step-free double cross-platform interchange to Gospel Oak and c2c services.

Woodgrange Park

Woodgrange Park station is more or less complete.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Needs – Lifts

Note the excellent refuges enclosing the new ticket gates.

Wanstead Park

Wanstead Park station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Needs – Lifts

Leytonstone High Road

Leytonstone High Road station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Needs – Lifts

The station’s brickwork has been sympathetically restored.

Leyton Midland Road

Leyton Midland Road station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Needs – Lifts

I’ve used the station many times and the builders had done a very good job in improving the station with imaginative use of brickwork.

Walthamstow Queens Road

Walthamstow Queens Road station is more or less complete.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Migh need – Lifts

Needs – Ticket Gates

I think adding lifts is going to be difficult, but aren’t strictly necessary due to the long ramps.

Blackhorse Road

Blackhorse Road station is more or less complete .

In progress – Lifts, Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

South Tottenham

South Tottenham station is more or less complete.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Wires

Harringay Green Lanes

At Harringay Green Lanes station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Needs – Lifts, Ticket Gates

Crouch Hill

Crouch Hill station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Gantries, Wires

Needs – Lifts, Ticket Gates

There might also be a serious problem with not enough clearance under the station bridge.

Upper Holloway

Upper Holloay station needs a fair bit of work.

In progress – Platform Extensions

Still to do – Wires

Needs – Lifts, Ticket Gates

Gospel Oak

Gospel Oak station is more or less complete.

Might need – Platform Extension

I was glad to see the coffee hut hat been reinstated.

Passengers Comments

Speaking to other passengers, all seemed pleased that the line was back in service and a couple remarked how neat and tidy it all was.

No-one seemed to be bothered work was still ongoing.

I even got praise for the Class 172 trains, which will be replaced by new Class 710 trains in 2018. One guy said there’s no need, although when I told him, they will be bigger, he liked that.

 

 

February 28, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 8 Comments

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.

Note.

  • 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

Before GOBlin Electrification – Leyton Midland Road

Leyton Midland Road station is a tidy station, but it has steep stairs and no lifts.

As the pictures show, the platforms are probably long enough for the new four-car trains.

August 14, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment