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Goblin : My first encounter with the Gospel Oak to Barking Line was in the late 1960s when with the son of a neighbour we caught the train, a DMU of course, to Barking from Kentish Town. I don't remember much else to be truthful. Over the years its fortunes have waxed and waned, I recall that in the 1980s, when I was living in Forest Gate in East London, there was very little freight traffic over the route owing to weight restrictions on some parts of the line. Today it is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the injection of upgrade funds from Transport for London and Network Rail, although it no longer hosts boat trains from St Pancras to Tilbury as it did in years gone by.<br />
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The line's history is quite complicated, what we know today as a single integrated route was in fact two railways. The oldest was the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction which opened in 1868. Originally owned by the Great Eastern (who promoted it) it later fell into the hands of the Midland and, later still, became a joint Midland &amp; GER operation. East of what is now South Tottenham is the route of the Tottenham and Forest Gate which opened in 1894 and was a Midland and London Tilbury &amp; Southend undertaking. Today the 'join' between the two lines at South Tottenham is still quite evident by the track geometry!<br />
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Being non-electrified there are a number of decent shots from overbridges and stations, the bridge shots often needing steps foir a decent view. Until 2009 the line boasted a mechanical signal box at Harringay Park and a slew of both motor worked and manual semaphores. Now it's LED colour lights, which control both a busy freight scene and also LOROL's 15 minute interval passenger service with new class 172 Turbostars.

Goblin

nick86235

My first encounter with the Gospel Oak to Barking Line was in the late ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2014 9:06am PST

On the slow train to East Grinstead : In February 2013 I was banished from the relative sophistication of Three Bridges to the back of beyond that is East Grinstead, and set to remain there for up to 2 years, I thought I would use the time to chronicle the comings and goings over the railway into the town. Despite East Grinstead being only 440 yards further from London Bridge than Three Bridges the fastest train in the morning takes almost an hour as compared to 35 to 40 minutes. 

On the plus side it is quite scenic, especially the climb through the Surrey Hills and there are the three steel truss viaducts - Riddlesdown, Oxted and Cook's Pond - which are rather unusual in SE England and, of course, the reconnection of the Bluebell Railway to the national network, after almost 50 years of isolation, is an exciting development.

So come with me for a journey aboard the train of delights that is Snail Rail

On the slow train to East Grinstead

nick86235

In February 2013 I was banished from the relative sophistication of Th ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2014 8:55am PST

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<br>• 18.10.14: FGW Heritage Weekend in West London.
<br>• 17.10.14: Around and about in South Wales.
<br>• 16.10.14: Ancient and modern at Stafford.<br>
• 11.10.14: DRS 20303 &amp; 20304 on the Central Wales Line.<br>
• 04.10.14: Oxfordshire Observations.<br>




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Latest Pictures Gallery

Phil Trotter

New • Latest Pictures All of the latest rail pictures will be up ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2014 7:44am PST

AROUND WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2014. : UPDATED 18th OCTOBER 2014.

AROUND WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2014.

Transportmedia

UPDATED 18th OCTOBER 2014.

Updated: Oct 18, 2014 12:52pm PST

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Thursday 16th October 2014 : A Neil Cave TimeLine Events charter at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway using lightly weathered 7820 'Dinmore Manor'.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway ...

Paul Gildersleve

A Neil Cave TimeLine Events charter at the Gloucestershire Warwickshir ...

Updated: Oct 17, 2014 4:34am PST

Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways : As a young rail fan I was always attracted to railways with a gauge narrower than standard. I devoured books from the library on narrow gauge railways in all parts of the world, dreaming of the day I would be able to travel abroad and experience them myself. Of course many no longer survive but over the years I have been very lucky and have managed to see lots of narrow gauge action in many parts of the world. But in 2013 it doesn't get much better than the narrow gauge railways in Wales, especially since the Ffestiniog Railway has spearheaded the rebuilding of the legendary Welsh Highland. So this gallery features pictures from a number of Welsh railways but concentrates on the FR and WHR.

Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways

nick86235

As a young rail fan I was always attracted to railways with a gauge na ...

Updated: Oct 15, 2014 2:35pm PST

Bluebell Railway, 2014 : 19 photos, including six rainswept shots of the Bluebell's new station at East Grinstead.

Bluebell Railway, 2014

andrewstransport

19 photos, including six rainswept shots of the Bluebell's new station ...

Updated: Oct 15, 2014 8:29am PST

East Grinstead, 2014 : Eight photos, featuring a GBRf railhead treatment train.

East Grinstead, 2014

andrewstransport

Eight photos, featuring a GBRf railhead treatment train.

Updated: Oct 14, 2014 9:06am PST

158s on the Cambrian Railways : The Cambrian Railways was one of Britain's smaller railway companies in the pre-grouping era. It made a modest living serving the small towns, rural communities and seaside resorts of Mid-Wales with a long single track mainline from a junction with the LNWR at Whitchurch in Shropshire, through to the coast at Aberystwyth and from Dovey Junction a line north, which hugged the shoreline of Cardigan Bay all the way to Pwllheli, in what is now Gwynedd. Its headquarters and locomotive works were in the Shropshire town of Oswestry, between Welshpool and Whitchurch. It also reached North East Wales most important centre, Wrexham, but only by a branchline off the mainline from Ellesmere. There were numerous other branches as well; to Llangynog, Llanfyllin, Kerry, Dinas Mawddwy and Dollgellau as well as the narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol and Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. At the grouping, and much against its wishes, the Cambrian found itself in the unwanted embrace of the GWR. Its traditional ally was the LNWR, but the authoriies deemed that allocating the Cambrian to the LMS group would have given the latter a monopoly on almost all rail services in North and Mid Wales, and so it went to the GWR. 

Today all that is left of the standard gauge Cambrian is the connection from Shrewsbury to Welshpool (in reality a GW & LNWR joint line), the mainline from Welshpool to Aberystwyth and the coast line from Dovey Junction to Pwllheli. The remainder, including the erstwhile mainline from Welshpool to Whitchurch via Oswestry and the lengthy Mid Wales line from Moat Lane Junction (near Newtown) to Three Cocks Junction and Brecon were lost in the Beeching era, or even earlier. The two narrow gauge lines have both survived, and prospered; the Vale of Rheidol is privately owned through a charitable trust whilst the W&LLR is enthusiast owned and operated.

The Cambrian is a very photogenic railway, even today when all services are in the hands of refurbished Arriva Trains Wales class 158s.

158s on the Cambrian Railways

nick86235

The Cambrian Railways was one of Britain's smaller railway companies i ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2014 2:07pm PST

Mainline Steam in the UK : These photos are taken since 2006, covering some of the steam services operating on the mainlines around the UK.   Scanned slides will be put into another gallery

Mainline Steam in the UK

ItsgrimupNorth

These photos are taken since 2006, covering some of the steam services ...

Updated: Oct 12, 2014 9:49am PST