The scope of the first phase of the East London Line Extension was modified to include a flying junction at Silwood just north of New Cross Gate. The basic flying junction infrastructure, embankments, bridge and drainage, was put in place to enable a flying start to be made on the (then hotly debated) date of the East London Line Extension to Clapham Junction (phase 2). That hot date was last Sunday. The line north of New Cross Gate was closed and London Overground trains from West Croydon and Crystal Palace terminated there. We count ourselves lucky that, one of our regular picture contributors, Unravelled threw of the embrace of the duvet and was out and about on our behalf. Our thanks and copyright acknowledgements to him.
The short-running 378 141 seen in both images above, was stabled in the long dormant Number 1 carriage road at New Cross, under the ELL fly-over. As can be seen the summer weather has been good for the opportunistic weeds.
The point ladder across all four running lines is seen to advantage in Unravelled’s photo above. We expect that this now rare manoeuvre will become more common once the Thameslink work on the Bermondsey fly-under and the approaches to London Bridge begins, following the Olympics’ major works curfew.
Of course building this extension is a game of two halves, so we still have the western connection just north of the old Old Kent Road and Hatcham station. A neat potted history of the latter appears in TfL’s excellent historical audit of the East London Line extension [A document to which I’ll be turning in future: JB].